Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), Agence Française du Développement (AFD), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Medcities, UN Group, International Organization for Migration (IOM), International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), United Cities Local Governments – Middle East West Asia (UCLG MEWA), World Bank Group.
Syria’s neighboring countries are facing an unprecedented and protracted refugee crisis with spillover effects in Europe, in which humanitarian challenges are coupled with long-term development challenges for the Mashreq and the entire Mediterranean region. There are some 5.2 million (September 2017) registered Syrian refugees in the Mashreq and North African countries, while a significant number (970,316) has applied for asylum in Europe.
In this context, the MENA diaspora can be an important catalyst to foster cooperation, development, regional integration, and entrepreneurship in the MENA region.
Fostering the MENA diaspora’s economic and social engagement and strengthening networking among diaspora for development.
Consensus building and networks: strengthen Syrian diaspora association (SIBA) and interested partners through meeting facilitation.
Disseminating and mainstreaming knowledge: strengthen and enhance evidence-based knowledge on MENA diaspora.