RoundTable 1 - Coordinated responses to mixed movements: Partnerships and collective action to collect rights
RT 1.2 Facilitating social and economic inclusion
The expected outcome of this roundtable is to facilitate the sharing of models and practices that have worked to provide inclusive solutions that generate benefits for newcomers and host communities alike. The degree to which newcomers can find safety, opportunity and a sense of belonging in a host community is often closely linked to their legal status, and to the sense of safety, opportunity and belonging that prevails among locals in that community. It is therefore critical to address shared needs and to bolster capacities in both groups to, ideally, foster a sense of common purpose. This theme is to explore the role of political leadership, policy design, resources, capacities, and of newcomers themselves, in fostering inclusive solutions that generate benefits for and meet the needs of both newcomers and host communities. It seeks to facilitate learning around experiences and good practices addressing the challenges and opportunities of settlement, including underlying questions such as provision of adequate housing, healthcare and education, access to work and livelihoods, and interventions to foster social cohesion, prevent discrimination and xenophobia, and tackle labor exploitation.
- What are the major obstacles to providing newcomers with access to basic services such as health and education? What kinds of partnerships and innovations can ease existing constraints? How can they promote the operationalization of global policy developments, for instance in migration health to achieve better health outcomes?
- How do local institutions need to adapt to service the needs of newcomers? How can the costs and benefits be effectively communicated to the local population? How can community participation from all strands of society be ensured?
- What role do newcomers have in facilitating social and economic inclusion?
- How can efforts to generate livelihoods and ensure access to the labor market benefit newcomers and locals alike? How can labor standards and decent working conditions be safeguarded for all workers?
- What practices and partnerships have proven successful in addressing and mitigating mistrust and tensions between newcomers and host communities and in fostering social cohesion? How can governments avoid the impression of “favoring” newcomers over host communities? Are there good practices on how to mitigate “competition” or tensions between newcomers with different backgrounds? What role can governments play regarding their diaspora in a different country?
- How have innovations and new ways of doing things that were introduced as part of crisis responses, e.g. in immigration and local service delivery systems, improved service delivery for all users, including host communities? What role can local community stakeholders and newcomers play in co-creating inclusive solutions, for example, as co-developers and providers of inclusive health services?