Migration and Local Authorities
The world is currently witnessing the highest levels of human displacement on record. According to the latest figures of UNHCR, an estimated 70.8 million people worldwide have been forced to leave their homes. Among them are nearly 25.9 million refugees. Local governments are at the forefront of the response to these developments. They often have to take measures before national governments develop and adapt policies. Local authorities provide essential services and develop innovative solutions to the complex and rapidly changing circumstances resulting from the influx of displaced populations.
In this two-week course, we will explore the role of local authorities in receiving and integrating refugees and migrants. We will address several dilemmas confronting local authorities, including how to mainstream the specific needs of migrants and refugees in local development planning, how to boost economic opportunities and maintain the delivery of inclusive services to both migrants as well as host communities (i.e. health care, education, housing, waste management), and how to create a safe environment where the host community and refugees can live safely together.
What can we learn from experiences in camp settings? What are the lessons learned from governments opting to integrate refugees into the local community? How can we maintain social cohesion in communities affected by a large influx of migrants or refugees? How can the public, private and NGO sector work together to create opportunities (e.g. employment) and enhance the integration of refugees? How can national governments and local authorities make use of the Global Compact, in specific the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) to enhance coordination and refugees’ self-reliance?
You can find more information about the course here.