Big Cities and Migration – International Working Conference

Location: The Hague, the Netherlands

Partners: City of The Hague, Compagnia di San Paolo, ICCO, Oxfam Novib, NCDO.

Publication date: February 2007


The International Working Conference was organised by The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration, under its Big Cities Initiative and in close cooperation with the City of The Hague, the Netherlands. In 2005 and 2006, a series of pre-conferences were organised to pave the way for this high-level meeting.

The working conference consisted of two days of workshops and interactive exchanges of ideas in the field of migration and local policies to enhance social cohesion, inclusion and participation of refugee and migrant populations at the city level. Notwithstanding differences in resources and levels of development of cities worldwide, discussions looked to emphasise principles valid for all cities and all societies.  Participants shared their visions on local challenges and practices in focused working sessions on: (1) Social Cohesion; (2) Local Governance and Political Participation; (3) Education; (4) Housing, Health and other Social Services; (5) Migrant Enterprise, Employment and Business Opportunities. The main findings of these sessions are detailed in the Final Report along with good practices and policy directions.

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