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For three years, the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI)’s Refugees and Host Communities Program has been contributing to strengthen existing knowledge and evidence on development solutions to forced displacement and develop consensus around policy adjustments with regard to both host communities and refugees. The recent 3rd annual event of its Mediterranean Host Municipalities Learning Network (HMLN) (November 2018) confirmed the need for host local governments to improve their response capacity to forced displacement with evidence-based knowledge and capacity building activities on Local Economic Development/planning (LED), private sector mobilization, and social inclusion. It also provided more insights on their main constraints and needs through a rich yearly HMLN survey, which can inform the programming of CMI and its partners going forward.
As multi-partner platform, CMI aims to continue with its partners the annual consultations on the Refugees and Host Communities work program building on the outcomes of the program activities and on recent international momentum around the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, the Global Compact on Refugees, and the Marrakesh Mayoral Declaration.
The Refugee Hub Meeting invites CMI’s partners to convene on a periodical basis to learn from each other’s work program on forced displacement, identify complementarities and synergies, develop collaborations around the CMI Refugees and Host Communities Program, and build joint efforts for the implementation of Global Compacts’ objectives at the local level to address the urban nature of forced displacement. The CMI will seek feedback on its new proposed work program 2019-2021, revolving around two main themes:
1) Local economic capacities and service delivery in host communities
2) Enabling environment for socio-economic inclusion of refugees.
The objectives of this Refugee Hub meeting are: