Concept Note: Strengthening Social Cohesion in Mediterranean Host Municipalities
Agenda: Strengthening Social Cohesion in Mediterranean Host Municipalities
Framing Notes: Strengthening Social Cohesion in Mediterranean Municipalities Hosting Refugees
Peer-to-Peer Learning Workshop: Strengthening Social Cohesion in Municipalities Hosting Refugees
Oct 19, 2016 / Highlight
Context and Rationale
Following the exchanges from the Peer to Peer learning workshop “Mediterranean Municipalities at the Forefront of the Refugee Crisis” which took place in Amman May 30-June 1st, 2016, the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) launched a Host Municipalities Learning Network in September 2016. Within the framework of this...
The Global Concessional Financing Facility Provides Development Support on Concessional terms to Middle-income Countries Impacted by Refugee Crises across the World
Oct 18, 2016 / Library
The MENA Concessional Financing Facility was launched in April 2016 through a partnership between the World Bank Group, United Nations, and Islamic Development Bank Group and since it has made rapid progress in providing urgent support to help Jordan and Lebanon address the impact of Syrian refugees.
Invisible Wounds: Mental Health among Displaced People and Refugees
Oct 17, 2016 / Blog entry
The plight of forcibly displaced people, who are fleeing conflict and violence, is best summed up by the lyrics of the plaintive 1970 classic by Argentine troubadour Facundo Cabral: "No soy de aquí ni soy de allá" ("I'm not from here nor there"). Those lyrics convey both the sense of uprootedness felt by those displaced from their native lands and...
Peer-to-Peer Learning Field Visit on Solid Waste Management for Communities Hosting Refugees
Peer-to-Peer Learning for Host Municipalities on Solid Waste Management
Oct 06, 2016 / Highlight
A webinar will be provided, if you would like to participate register here and will get back to you with our availabilities.
Context and Rationale
Following the exchanges during the Peer to Peer learning workshop “Mediterranean Municipalities at the Forefront of the Refugee Crisis” which took place in Amman May 30-June 1st, 2016, the Center...
Preparing for the Future: Coordinating Syrian refugees and the Diaspora
Oct 04, 2016 / Blog entry
I have been looking for possible sources of investment and possible markets that would help both Syrian refugees and their host communities, and, as someone who has worked on the subject of the private sector for two decades now, one of my first questions is—“what role can the diaspora play?”
Continue reading the article on the World Bank blog,...
Q & A: New Initiatives for Education in the Middle East and North Africa, Including for Refugees
Oct 04, 2016 / Blog entry
In Part II of her interview, Safaa El Tayeb El-Kogali, World Bank Practice Manager for Education, explains the initiatives being take to improve all levels of public education in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and how important it is for children to be able to go to school, especially when their countries are affected by conflict.
Q & A: The Importance of Early Childhood Development in the Middle East and North Africa
Oct 03, 2016 / Blog entry
With the school year starting in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), millions of children are busily preparing to resume their studies. Some, caught in conflict, may not be able to go to school at all; others may be joining schools in countries neighboring their own. At peace or in war, throughout MENA more emphasis is being placed on early...
[Report] Forced Displacement: Toward a Development Approach Supporting Refugees, the Internally Displaced, and Their Hosts
Sep 28, 2016 / Highlight
Rooted in 10 conflicts, majority of refugees have been hosted by 15 countries, says new World Bank report
Forced displacement is a crisis centered in developing countries, which host 89 percent of refugees and 99 percent of internally displaced persons, says a new World Bank report. At its root are the same 10 conflicts which have accounted for...
The Mediterranean Host Municipalities Learning Network
Sep 28, 2016 / Highlight
In light of the high influx of refugees in the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) and Turkey, a growing number of municipalities is facing significant challenges in responding to this unprecedented crisis, which often extends beyond local governments’ traditional responsibilities (education, employment, aid relief and emergency...
UN Refugee Summit Issues a New Declaration for Refugees and Migrants
Sep 26, 2016 / Highlight
On Monday, September 19th, 2016 world leaders came together at the UN General Assembly to adopt the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants expressing their commitment to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and to share responsibility for large movements on a global scale. The Declaration was adopted in the context of...
How Many Years Do Refugees Stay in Exile?
Sep 26, 2016 / Blog entry
"The average length of time that refugees spend in camps is 17 years." This cruel statistic has been quoted many times, influencing our perception of refugee crises as never-ending events which are spinning out of control. It has significant implications when deciding the type of aid that is needed, the combination of humanitarian and development...
Forced Displacement: Toward a Development Approach Supporting Refugees, the Internally Displaced and Their Hosts
Sep 26, 2016 / Library
One global issue at the forefront of World Bank Group work this year and beyond is the forced displacement of people and its impact on ending extreme poverty. Forcibly Displaced: Toward a Development Approach Supporting Refugees, the Internally Displaced, and Their Hosts, prepared by The World Bank Group and the United Nations High Commissioner...
Municipalities at the Forefront of the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Aug 22, 2016 / Blog entry
Due to the protracted conflict in Syria, refugees are turning into a serious challenge for the Mediterranean region with a significant spillover to Europe. Neighboring Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, have absorbed the bulk of close to 5 million Syrian refugees since 2011, constituting approximately 86% of all Syrian refugees, compared to 8% hosted by...
Municipalities Seek to Secure the Welfare of Both Refugees and Host Communities
Jul 13, 2016 / Library
The complex and protracted nature of today’s conflicts has led forced displacement to reach an unprecedented level since World War II; substantially over 60 million people are now uprooted around the world, of which 4 million Syrian refugees. 86% of Syrian refugees live in Syria neighboring countries, and particularly in cities, which raises a...
Mediterranean Refugees and Migrants Newsletter - Issue 3
Syrian Refugees: Gaziantep’s Social Support Program
Jul 07, 2016 / Blog entry
On 15 March 2011, Syria witnessed a movement of protests part of a larger Arab uprising. The scene soon turned into civil unrest. In consequence to intense civil war, a big migration wave, hit in 2011 neighboring countries, particularly Turkey continuously increasing till this date. The crisis in Syria is the biggest human tragedy since World War...
Refugees in Lebanon: Challenge or Opportunity?
Jun 22, 2016 / Blog entry
At a time when Europe is trying to restrict refugees’ access to its territory, it is essential to provide more support to the countries bordering Syria. This support should meet the vital needs of those fleeing the conflict, while at the same time strengthening cohesion between the host country and the refugee population.
With 1.8 million...
Survey Findings: Challenges and Achievements facing Municipalities Hosting Refugees in the Middle East and Turkey
Summary Note: Municipalities at the Forefront of the Refugee Crisis
The Positive Face of the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Jun 14, 2016 / Library
The human face of the Syrian refugee crisis, portraying positive and inspiring stories of social integration and adaptation of refugees across host communities in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The video also sheds light on young Syrians and their aspirations. This video is part of SouriaLi’s presentation during the CMI Peer-to-Peer...
What do Refugees Bring to the Host Communities?
Jun 14, 2016 / Library
From raising gender awareness to spreading the Syrian culinary art, this slideshow tells “the other sides of the story”, by shedding light on the added value and great contributions Syrian refugees bring to their host communities today. Testimonials and quotes are of Syrian interviewees. This slideshow is part of SouriaLi’s booth, at the...
The Implications of Displaced Children Not Receiving an Adequate Education
Jun 09, 2016 / Blog entry
The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, conducted an interview with Dr. Dawn Chatty, an Emeritus University Professor in Anthropology and Forced Migration and former director of the Refugee Studies Centre in the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, UK, on the sidelines of the workshop about refugees’ historical...
Press Release: Mediterranean Municipalities at the Forefront of The Refugee Crisis: Peer-To-Peer Learning Workshop for Communities Hosting Refugees
Migration Is the Fate of This Geography
May 30, 2016 / Blog entry
The UCLG-MEWA 2016 CONGRESS, “Migration, Culture and Gastronomy Summit,” was held in Gaziantep on 19-21 April. The migration referred to is, of course, the migration of Syrian refugees to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.
The previous week İstanbul Aydın University hosted the International Congress on Cities and City Councils. Though the focus was to...
Could a Livelihood in Agriculture Be a Way for Refugees to Move from Surviving to Thriving?
May 25, 2016 / Blog entry
Jasser, a 24-year-old Syrian man, and his family were forced to flee Syria in 2012 because of the bombings. He lost his mother and sister, his house, car, and job. Jasser and other displaced people like him are struggling to find jobs (and get visas), generate income, and gain an education. They all say they want to return home in the near future...
How Can Municipalities Be Supported in Their Response to the Refugee Crisis?
May 19, 2016 / Highlight
[Summary Report] UCLG MEWA Congress and Peer-learning Visit of Mashreq Mayors to Gaziantep Municipality
Between the 19th to the 21st of April, 2016 the United Cities and Local Governments, Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) organized its annual congress in Gaziantep, Turkey, with the focus on the refugee crisis. The event addressed how...