The multi-dimensional reality of migration in cities: EU-funded projects hold side event at UN Habitat III Conference
October 18, 2016
The EU-funded MIEUX (MIgration EU eXpertise) initiative and MC2CM project (Mediterranean City-to-City Migration) yesterday held a side event at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III) held in Quito, Ecuador on 17 – 20 October. The aim of the event is to explore the role of cities in the migration agenda, illustrating the urban reality of migration, as well as its complex ramifications and opportunities at local level.
The MC2CM “city-to-city” project works with nine major cities from both sides of the Mediterranean to address these issues. The idea is to collect diverse experiences from various cities, increase the knowledge base on urban migration, nurture a peer-to-peer dialogue among the participating cities to support mutual learning and, finally, engage in actions based on the findings and experiences.
Together with their partner UN Habitat, MC2CM and MIEUX have defined five objectives for the event at Habitat III which recently announced the participation of more than 35 000 participants:
illustrate how cities address the multidimensional reality of migration by developing effective local strategies and policies;
discuss the role of supranational level and multi-level governance in addressing this urban dimension of migration;
draw on preliminary results of the MC2CM project, currently bringing together nine cities: Amman, Beirut, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Tangiers, Tunis, Turin and Vienna;
present the MIEUX initiative which supports local authorities to better manage migration;
receive input and ideas on how to improve migration governance at city level through dialogue, knowledge and action.