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Project News: MC2CM holds its 7th Peer-to-Peer meeting in Lyon, France with more than 30 experts

4 January 2018

MC2CM Workshop participants in Lyon during a group work session where they discuss inter-institutional cooperation in their respective administrations

This milestone event entitled “Inter-institutional coordination in migration governance: Towards improved cooperation“ was hosted by the Metropolitan City of Lyon and brought together representatives from Amman, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Tangier, Turin, Vienna, as well as delegates from Libya, Nicosia, Cyprus, Portugal and Estonia to exchange knowledge and practices and to develop future strategies for cooperation in the field of migration governance.

The meeting took place 12-13 December and was held in the framework of the Mediterranean City-to-City Migration project (MC2CM) implemented by ICMPD in partnership with UCLG and UN-Habitat and funded by the European Commission Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement negotiations and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

The Member of Parliament and city Councillor for Lyon, Hubert Julien Laferrière set the scene for the event, in the context of a joint reception with a colloquim organised by the CIEDEL (Centre International d’Etudes pour le Développement Local) on the internationalisation of cities and territories.

Claude Soubeyran de Saint Prix, Director General of the City of Lyon, offered in his welcoming remarks an overview of the challenging situation faced by cities such as Lyon in addressing the complex issue of migration. At the same time, he applauded achievement of MC2CM for building understanding of this phenomenon and helping cities address these challenges.

The event addressed the theoretical and practical elements of multi-level and inter-institutional cooperation, including building a framework and typology for fruitful exchange across contexts. Challenges to cooperation were identified and disentangled and tools share for addressing these.

Participants were given the opportunity witness an example of cooperation in the making. The study visit provided an insight into how a forthcoming “Maisons de la Metropole des Solidarites” would be joining up services from the “Maison de la Metropole” together with the “CCAS - Centres Communaux d’Action Social” to create a one stop shop for social services for all residents, including migrants. The beneficiary-centre approach proved as an inspiration for ensuing discussions.

City and national representatives also had the opportunity to work together to define a roadmaps for further action to enhance their inter-institutional coordination scenarios and facilitate dialogue within and beyond the framework of MC2CM.

This 7th peer-to-peer event concluded the first cycle of the project to be completed at the beginning of 2018. The findings from this event, including the further involvement of additional cities and stakeholders will be brought forward in the second phase of the project, to begin as of 2018.