Report Highlights Potential of Migration in Arab Cities
Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, News, March 18 2018
INTERNATIONAL: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Ford Foundation have issued a report titled, ‘Migration and Inclusive Cities: A Guide for Arab City Leaders,’ which aims to stimulate innovative approaches to address opportunities and challenges posed by migration to Arab cities.
Part of the UN-Habitat City Leaders Guide series, the publication is intended as a guide for those working to create “just and inclusive cities,” where both migrants and host communities can thrive. It provides evidence-based tools to help Arab city leaders better understand the patterns and causes of migration impacting the region, and identify ways for migrants to contribute to urban development and engage with their host communities. The guide describes the “tremendous potential of migration,” which can benefit both host communities and migrants, and drive sustainable urban development. It discusses how including displaced people in host communities can transform cities into “melting pots,” which can act as “engines of productivity and sustainable service delivery.”
Launched as an issue paper by the Working Group on International Migration in the Arab Region, co-chaired by IOM, UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the League of Arab States (LAS), on the sidelines of the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) in February 2018, the guide builds on existing frameworks that aim to develop sustainable urban governance systems, such as the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and the SDGs, particularly SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities). It also builds on the ‘Right to the City’ concept (or ‘Cities for All’), which promotes inclusivity and just, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements.
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Excerpt from UN-Habitat News Story