RoundTable 3 - Addressing human mobility as part of urban and rural development strategies
RT 3.1 Supporting arrival cities through policy coherence and multi-stakeholder partnerships
The expected outcome of this roundtable is to identify factors that make cities functioning places of welcoming, inclusion and integration and to understand the role that local and national governments and other partners can play in facilitating cities’ success. In refugees’ and migrants’ daily lives, city and local authorities tend to shape their experience of and relationship to the State. Some cities have become successful “arrival cities” that offer newcomers opportunities for belonging and upward social mobility, while others struggle with the persistence of marginalized communities and segregation. This theme will explore what makes some cities more welcoming and functioning as motors of inclusion and integration than others. It will look at good practices in cities as well as challenges and bottlenecks facing city governments, and discuss the role of policy coherence and cooperation across levels of governance in facilitating migrants’ inclusion in and contribution to urban development.
- What factors contribute to making cities places of upward social mobility for refugees and migrants? What policies are critical for ensuring successful integration in cities? How much authority do cities have in setting policy in those areas and how much is determined at higher levels of government?
- What role does coordination between different levels and sectors of government play in refugee response as well as migration policy development and implementation? What are good practices in this regard? What are obstacles to effective policy coherence and cooperation across different levels of government?
- What other local actors are important for facilitating migrants´ and refugees’ inclusion and contribution to urban development? What role do multi-stakeholder partnerships play in this context? What role do the migrants and refugees themselves play in cities?