The Urban Partnership on the Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees

Submitted by Mr. Camille Saadé on

In 2016, under the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU, the ‘Urban Agenda for the EU’ was launched to give European cities a greater say in shaping EU legislation, funding, and instruments for knowledge exchange. The initiative brought together cities, Member States and EU policymakers around 12 priority areas key to cities’ future—each area covered by a dedicated Partnership.

Migration Partnership Facility

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The Migration Partnership Facility (MPF) is a European Union (EU)-funded initiative supporting the external dimension of EU migration policy. Launched in January 2016, the MPF supports dialogue and cooperation on migration and mobility between EU Member States and priority partner countries outside the EU.  

The MPF, currently in its fourth phase, operates mainly through grants aligned with priorities outlined in its Calls for Proposals. MPF grants cover two main thematic areas:

Urban Partnership for the Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees

Established under the Urban Agenda for the European Union (EU), the Urban Partnership for the Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees brings together EU Member States, EU institutions, local authorities and civil society to contribute to develop integration policies related to different areas including education, the labour market and housing.

Mr. Camille Saadé
Cities ready to take in refugee children

Solidarity Cities is an initiative on the management of the refugee crisis proposed by the Mayor of Athens and launched in the framework of the EUROCITIES network. It aims to constitute the framework under which all cities actions and initiatives are presented highlighting the political leadership of cities in addressing this challenge.

Mr. Camille Saadé

The New EU Pact on Migration and Asylum

Submitted by Costanza Bindi on

The New Pact on Migration and Asylum is a set of regulations and policies to create a fairer, efficient, and more sustainable migration and asylum process for the European Union. The Pact, which was proposed in September 2020 and agreed between the European Parliament and the Council in December 2023, is designed to manage and normalise migration for the long term, providing certainty, clarity and decent conditions for people arriving in the EU. It also establishes a common approach to migration and asylum that is based on solidarity, responsibility, and respect for human rights.

URBACT Networks

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An URBACT Network is a safe space for a group of cities facing similar challenges to share experiences and to develop long-term solutions. Cities develop their activities with local stakeholders – change makers from the public and private sectors, academia, NGOs and civil society – as part of their URBACT Local Group. 

There are three types of Networks, which cities and other bodies – metropolitan areas, specialised agencies, districts and boroughs – can apply to join:  

EU Working Party on External Aspects of Asylum and Migration

Submitted by Costanza Bindi on

The Working Party on External Aspects of Asylum and Migration is responsible for discussing the EU’s approach to countries and regions of origin and transit of asylum-seekers and migrants, as well as third countries of reception of refugees, without geographical limitation.

The working party provides guidance on strengthening the external dimension of the EU's asylum and migration policy and improving cooperation with third countries in the field of migration.

Study on best practices in irregular migration awareness-raising campaigns

Submitted by Ms. Anqi ZHANG on

DG HOME commissioned a study to Ecorys to assess the validity of communication campaigns as an effective tool for migration management. The study presents best practices from 20 existing campaigns, and seeks to highlight ways to improve the quality and effectiveness of future campaigns. The final report presents the cumulative results of the two phases of this study. First, the report presents key findings on research and design, delivery and working methods, and monitoring and evaluation methods. Second, the key findings are followed by recommendations.

EU Commission working document Addressing displacement and migration related to disasters, climate change and environmental degradation

Submitted by Ms. Anqi ZHANG on

This Staff Working Document provides an overview and assessment of existing EU policies, instruments and practices addressing displacement and migration of populations caused by disasters , the adverse effects of climate change and environmental degradation. This document underlines the increased exposure to disasters and the consequences of the current state of management of natural resources and weakened ecosystems.

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