From 20 – 24 September, the Migration City-to-City project is organising the MC2CM Days, a four-day conference opened by a high-level dialogue in Brussels. ICMPD Director General Michael Spindelegger opened the conference and emphasised the role of cities and local governments in the sphere of migration.
Titled “Renewed partnerships and migration governance in the Mediterranean: Local governments as assets for sustainability”, the conference was opened with a high-level dialogue. Showcasing the important contribution of local governments to migration governance, discussing multilevel migration dialogue mechanisms and the integration of local governments in migration policy development, as well as providing an open forum for high-level policy makers to present their views on the future of migration governance in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
ICMPD Director General Michael Spindelegger, in his opening remarks said: “It is about cities recognising and embracing their role as agents in migration governance […] migration is too complex and nuanced to be addressed by one nation, one ministry or one city alone. All levels of governance have to work together”, said Michael Spindelegger in his opening remarks.
Olivér Várhelyi, EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, explained the key role local governments play in the framework of the new Agenda for the Mediterranean, pointing out that when it comes to migration governance, what is needed is precisely a “whole-of-government approach, to work closely with partner countries and member states at different levels.”
MC2CM aims at contributing to more open and inclusive cities by drawing on migrants’ potential to benefit cities and their economies.
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