Capacity Strengthening

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Migration and urbanization are increasingly two sides of the same coin: migration is in many countries a primary driver of urban growth, while cities in turn are serving as magnets for this movement. The connection between these processes is therefore central to the well-being of refugees, migrants and IDPs and the cities hosting them. With this in mind, this Guide has been developed to support national, sub-national and local governments in the management of migration and displacement in urban areas.

Besides outlining the basic policy processes involved in developing or revising urban policies that adequately address the realities of migration and displacement, it also includes a 10-step pathway of recommendations and actions to achieve a more holistic, integrated and effective policy response. Beginning with data collection and planning, then inclusive services and integration, the publication goes on to outline how different levels of government can work together and with partners more effectively, with the active participation of migrant and displaced populations themselves. It also examines how to achieve more funding and resources to deliver this response, particularly at the local levels where these are most needed.

The guidance and recommendations in this document are not only directed at national governments, who have traditionally dominated policy discussions around migration, but also sub-national, provincial and municipal authorities who are increasingly engaging with these issues directly themselves. Indeed, a central focus of this Guide is the importance of a multi-level and inclusive governance approach that brings together these different levels of government, as well as local partners from civil society, international organizations, business, academia, host and migrant communities. By following this pathway, national and local governments can together help realize better outcomes for cities.