The Mediterranean City-to-City Migration (MC2CM) issued a new Thematic Learning Report drawing on the results of the regional event held online and hosted by Municipality of Seville and the Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity (FAMSI) from 15 to 18 June 2020.
'It is at the local level that the reality of migration plays out and affects peoples’ lives.Michael Spindelegger, Director General ICMPD | Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director UN-Habitat | Emilia Saiz, Secretary General UCLG
Critical to this central role is the capacity of local governments to provide equal access to rights and basic services for all, including migrants and refugees.'
Urban Migration: An Introduction
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 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.
Dialogue, Knowledge, Action
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 that provides migrants with equal access to relevant services. More specifically, the project focuses on:
- Dialogue through Peer-to-Peer meetings on specific themes related to challenges faced in cities;
- Knowledge through the 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 the transfer of migration governance and city planning strategies, the establishment of city expert networks, and the development of pilot projects implemented in the participating Southern Mediterranean cities.
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.
Project Outputs and Documents
- Intercultural and interreligious dialogue and social cohesion (Lisbon, July 2016)
- Employment and entrepreneurship (Madrid, Nov 2016)
- Access to basic services (Tangier, Nov 2016)
- Refugees hosting (Vienna, Feb 2017)
- Urban planning and housing (Amman, March 2017)
- Education (Turin, July 2017)
- Multilevel and multi-actors cooperation (Lyon, Dec 2017)
- Communication on migration (Tunis, Sept 2018)
- Data collection (Amman, March 2019)
- Cooperating with civil society (Sfax, June 2019)
- Cultural Policies as vector for migrants’ inclusion (Casablanca, Dec 2019)
- Communication on migration (Seville, June 2020; digital event)
- Private Sector Engagement in Migration Governance (Rabat, 17 December 2021)
- Fostering the Right to the City for All (Grenoble, 16-18 March 2021)
- The Link Between Homelessness and Migration: Fostering Inclusive Neighborhoods (Dortmund, 28-30 April 2021)
- Going the (Social) Distance: How migrant and refugee-sensitive urban COVID-19 responses contribute to the realization of the Global Compacts for Migration and Refugees EN AR FR
- Communication on Migration: Rebalancing the Narrative to Strengthen Local Governance EN AR FR
- Communication on Migration: An Issue of Local Governance EN AR FR
- Cultural Policies: a vector for migrants’ inclusion in urban context EN AR FR
- Social cohesion and intercultural and inter-religious dialogue EN FR
- Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Migrant Women in Cities EN AR FR
- Local Citizenship and Migration Fostering the Right to the City for All EN
Targeted City Actions
- Improving the Coordination of Migration of Local Actors in Sfax (ACMALS) (Sfax)
- I-MIGR – Inclusion, Migration, Integration & Governance (Raoued and La Marsa)
- La Marsa Artistic Cohesion (La Marsa)
- Safe, Inclusive & Accessible Public Space for Social Cohesion in Amman (Marka Neighbourhood, Amman)
- Enhancing Social Cohesion in Zarqa through Public Spaces (Al-Majd Residential City, Zarqa)
- Nador Social & Sustainable (Nador)
- TangerAccueil (Tangiers)
- Governance & Interculturality (Oujda, Al Hoceima, Fnideq)
- Nador an Active City for Living Together (Nador and Oujda)
- Living Together (Tétouan)
- Migration in Casablanca (Casablanca)
- Towards Evidence-Based Migration Policy-Making in the City of Rabat (Rabat)