City-to-City (MC2CM)

Background: The Mediterranean City-to-City Migration Project (MC2CM) brings together experts and cities to contribute to improved migration governance at city level, including migrants' access to basic services and human rights.

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.

Implemented since 2015, the project is working with the cities of Amman, Beirut, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Tangiers, Tunis, Turin and Vienna to increase the knowledge base on urban migration and nurture a peer-to-peer dialogue to support mutual learning on specific urban challenges such as social cohesion, intercultural dialogue, employment and provision of basic services for migrants, among others.

More specifically, the project focuses on:

  • Dialogue through seven Peer-to-Peer Meetings on specific themes related to challenges faced in each city;  
  • 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.

MC2CM aims at contributing to more open and inclusive cities by drawing on migrants' potential to benefit cities and their economies. A city expert network allows cities to exchange their experiences and share good practices on mainstreaming migration into relevant sectors.  


Pilot projects will be implemented to address priorities identified by the participating non-European cities in the course of the initiative.

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

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

Associate Agencies: UNHCR

Donors: European Union, co-funding from SDC

Duration: 36 months

Location: Amman, Beirut, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Tangiers, Tunis, Turin and Vienna

Project Outputs and Documents

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


MC2CM project description AR EN FR

MTM Factsheet EN FR



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This project is funded by the European Union