City-to-City (MC2CM)

Background: The Mediterranean City-to-City Migration Project (MC2CM) brings together city leaders, civil servants and local, national and international multi-disciplinary experts to discuss about, learn from and contribute to improved migration governance at urban level, including migrants' access to basic services and human rights. MC2CM aims at contributing to more open and inclusive cities by drawing on migrants' potential to benefit cities and their economies.

The project is funded by the European Union through the Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement negotiations and co-funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

The partnership for its implementation is one of the key strength of MC2CM capitalizing on the expertise of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) in terms of decentralisation and city-to-city cooperation, on the knowledge of urban development and planning of UN-Habitat and on the competence of ICMPD on migration policy development.

Implemented since 2015, the project concluded successfully its first phase (2015-2018) developing a step-by-step approach for peer-to-peer dialogue to support mutual learning on specific urban challenges and a methodology for developing “urban migration profiles”. Further, this first part of the program supported the definition of policy recommendations on urban migration governance in the Euro-Mediterranean region and the identification of a set of case studies that illustrate how local actors contribute to improved migration governance by fostering social cohesion, intercultural dialogue, employment, housing and provision of basic services for migrants, among others.

The project is currently in its second phase (2018-2020) and comprises a network of 20 participating cities:

Cities participating since phase 1:

1.     Amman

2.     Beirut

3.     Lyon (City and Metropolis)

4.     Lisbon

5.     Madrid

6.     Tangiers

7.     Turin (metropolis)

8.     Tunis

9.     Vienna



Cities that joined in phase 2:

10.   Casablanca

11.   Dortmund

12.   Grenoble

13.   FAMSI (“Andalusian fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity” represented in the project by the cities of Seville & Cadiz)

14.   Naples

15.   Oujda

16.   Rabat

17.   Sfax

18.   Sousse

19.   Tripoli

20.   Tajoura


More specifically, the project focuses on:

  • Dialogue through Peer-to-Peer meetings on specific themes related to challenges faced in cities;  
  • Knowledge through development of City Migration Profiles that set out data and information on the local migration context in partner cities as well as future priorities to address;
  • Action through transfer of migration governance and city planning strategies, establishment of city expert networks and development of pilot projects implemented in the participating Southern Mediterranean cities.

Embedded in the Mediterranean Transit Migration (MTM) Dialogue, this innovative concept draws on the experience of existing dialogues on migration at the national and regional levels. It assists participating cities in increasing their knowledge-base on migration and in developing standards that help create an inclusive environment which provides migrants with equal access to relevant services.


Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Partners: United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), UN-Habitat

Donors: European Union, co-funding from Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Duration: Phase I - 36 months; Phase II – 33 months


Location: North Africa, Middle East and Europe 


See here the project presentation.

Project Outputs and Documents

*You may consult the full list of MC2CM Peer Learning Events and Targeted City Actions here*


City Migration Profiles

Policy Recommendations AR EN ES FR

Synthesis Report AR EN ES FR


Case Studies 

Thematic Learning Report

  • Communication on Migration EN FR AR


Cultural Policies: A Vector for Migrants’ Inclusion in Urban Context

Communication on Migration: Rebalancing the Narrative to Strengthen Local Governance EN FR AR 

MC2CM Dialogue on Migrant Women

MC2CM project description AR EN FR

MTM Factsheet EN FR

MC2CM Local Communication Actions - Good Practices



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This project is funded by the European Union