MC2CM project



The overall objective of the project is to contribute to improving migration governance at local level in a network of cities in Europe and the southern Mediterranean, with particular focus on the integration and inclusion, as well as migrants' access to human rights and basic services. It also aims to strengthen the capacity of cities in this area.

The MC2CM project, which is funded by the European Commission and co-founded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, is led by ICMPD (International Center for Migration Policy Development), in partnership with UCLG and UN-Habitat. Over a period of three years (2015-2018), the project is expected to make migration a priority issue in the agenda of local planning through a three-pronged approach. The project will foster dialogue, building an expert network, and the acquisition and exchange of knowledge, and participate in concrete actions.


The city network is central to the project. Participating cities are: Amman, Beirut, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Tangier, Tunis, Turin and Vienna. In terms of methodology, planned activities are grouped into three components: Knowledge; Dialogue; Action oriented.

The knowledge Component will define the migration profiles of each city (legal framework for migration, local expertise, origin of migrants, migrant skills, spatial distribution, relations with the administration and society, etc.). In addition, this component will also help define a City Priority paper for each city, on measures to be implemented to ensure the inclusion of migrants and access to rights and services at local level. This document will be defined through dialogue with the City Stakeholder group that is part of the second component.

The dialogue component is divided into two dimensions, the international dimension and the local dimension. Locally, this component will help define the City Priority paper in a participatory manner, including the vision of local actors. It will also strengthen the City Stakeholders Group for future reference. Internationally, this component will facilitate the exchange respectively on the challenges and opportunities, needs and priorities, and will establish a common ground for cooperation between the participating cities. This component includes, in particular, two political conferences and 7 thematic peer to peer meetings. The 7 themes identified by the cities are:

  1. Inter-institutional coordination;
  2. Refugees;
  3. Social cohesion and intercultural and inter-religious dialogue;
  4. Enjoyment of human rights and access to basic services;
  5. Urban planning and housing;
  6. Employment and entrepreneurship; and
  7. Education and language.

The last component called Action oriented aims to provide cities with practical tools and a step by step guide to help identify options and strategies for migration management in the city. All the expected products, such as toolbox for managing migration and pilot projects will result from this component. In particular, the pilot projects will need to meet at least one of the priorities defined in the City Priority paper and use the learning from thematic meetings between peers.