Engaging Local Voices: Letting Cities Inform National Refugee Resettlement Goals

UPDATE: event notes added. November 14, 2023; 4:00PM CET / 10:00AM ET; online webinar hosted by Migration Policy Institute Europe.

*UPDATE: Event Notes Below*

Event Host/Institute: Migration Policy Institute (MPI) Europe
Event date and time (to and from): November 14, 2023; 4:00PM CET / 10:00AM ET
Event location/venue: Online
Event type: Webinar
Link: https://www.migrationpolicy.org/events/engaging-local-voices-cities-refugee-resettlement-goals

Description from host: With the Global Refugee Forum (GRF) approaching, most of the planning focus has been on resettlement and complementary pathways pledges that will be announced at the December gathering and the number of refugees that states are committing to admit. Far less attention is being given to the crucial issues of how countries will reach their goals, whether the necessary capacity and infrastructure exist, and if there is effective coordination between the state and nonstate actors involved at different levels.

Effective communication and collaboration between local and national authorities are essential to ensure that resettlement and complementary pathways pledges are grounded in the realistic capacity and goodwill of local governments. Engaging with these local authorities, who often oversee reception and integration processes, can also enhance post-arrival planning and, therefore, refugees’ integration prospects. Recent responses to the displacement of Ukrainians underscored the benefits of involving local authorities, as they have played a crucial role in identifying housing solutions and providing informal integration support through innovative local-national coordination and communication. 

Join this MPI Europe discussion on how municipalities and other key stakeholders can be engaged in informing and delivering on the 2024 resettlement and complementary pathways pledges. Featuring findings from the recent publication Improving Stakeholder Coordination in Refugee Resettlement: A Path to More Effective, Inclusive Programs, this webinar will explore opportunities for effective multi-level engagement ahead of the GRF.

The views expressed are those of the author/s, and are not attributable to the host organisations of the Resettlement.Plus website.

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