EU Urban Agenda Partnership on Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees
Since cities host by far the majority of refugees and immigrants in Europe, taking into account their needs and interests in EU migrant integration policies is crucial. Launched in March 2016, the Partnership under the Urban Agenda for the EU on Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees brings together European cities, the European Commission, national governments as well as civil society organisations to discuss and develop concrete actions and recommendations on integration. It is one of the 12 partnerships of the Urban Agenda for the EU, which have as objective to contribute to the design of future and the revision of existing EU policies.
The Partnership on Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees will focus on the topics of reception, housing, employment and education. In the first phase, until mid-2017, the Partnership will identify through studies, working conference and regular meetings will identify a series of actions to be included in Action Plan. The period 2017-2018 will be dedicated to the implementation of the Action Plan.
After a first working conference on housing and reception in November 2016, the second one will took place in Berlin on 16 and 17 February and focused on employment and education.
The partnership is coordinated by the City of Amsterdam and the Directorate for Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission. Other members are the cities of Athens, Barcelona, Berlin and Helsinki, Denmark, Italy, Greece and Portugal as well as stakeholders like Eurocities, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, the European Council for Refugees and Exiles or the Migration Policy Group. The European Commission is also represented in the Partnership through the Directorates for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy.
Up-to-date information on events and background material can be found on the Partnerships section of the Urban Agenda website.