04.2018 / Ana Feder, Mediterranean City-to-City Migration Project (MC2CM), ICMPD Malta
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.
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.
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:
The Conference of the Mediterranean City-to-City Migration project (MC2CM) was held on 7-8 November under the auspices of Beirut Municipality. It was held at Beit Beirut Museum and Urban Cultural Centre in Beirut, Lebanon.
conference convened over 100 participants representing city and
national governments, international organisations, civil society as well
as the European Union and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
to present the findings and recommendations of the MC2CM project.
event also launched a debate on the future of urban migration in the
Mediterranean region, paving the way to the project's next phase.Jamal
Itani, Mayor of Beirut and host of the conference, highlighted the
relevance of the urban dimension of the phenomenon of migration,
highlighting the specific challenges Beirut faces and making a call to
action to address these. The opening remarks from project partner
representatives, ICMPD Director General Michael Spindelegger, UCLG
Secretary General Josep Roig and UN Habitat Director of Programmes
Division Raf Tuts, all highlighted the importance of a project such as
MC2CM to shed light on the reality of the nexus between migration and
urbanisation – a widely acknowledged reality with its own set of
challenges. Head of Section of the EU Delegation in Lebanon, Jose Luis
Vinuesa Santamaria emphasised the support of the EU in addressing these
challenges and supporting the implementation of coordinated action and
initiatives on the ground. Other high-level panelists included:
event also saw the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between
ICMPD and UN-Habitat, two of the project's partner organisations. Both
partners agreed on enhancing cooperation and consolidating their
partnership with the aim of contributing to better migration,
specifically at city, local, national and regional levels, as well as
globally. In his address Michael Spindelegger, Director General of ICMPD, highlighted that:
are now seen as recognised stakeholders helping drive the global agenda
for development and sustainable growth forward."
Panellists and participants discussed the MC2CM policy recommendations to
be adopted by end of 2017, calling for more concrete and coordinated
action and resources for cities and governments to effectively tackle
migration opportunities. The conference also saw the launch of the City Migration Profiles Synthesis Report – a report that summarises the findings from the 9 City Migration Profiles produced in the framework of MC2CM.
For more information on the MC2CM project and to access the project outputs, please click here
The High Level Conference Report can be found here.