Local Authorities and Protracted Refugee Crises: Sharing Key Lessons Learnt and Recommendations

Faced with massive displacement as a result of conflicts in Ukraine and elsewhere, municipalities and other local authorities are at the forefront of responding to the needs of the displaced. Playing a key role as first responders to provide immediate assistance and support to those affected, local authorities are often tasked with helping them to navigate the new reality in their host community, but also to foster their inclusion in local society and economy as their presence becomes more protracted.

Join us for an online event on 12 December focusing on the theme of inclusion, sharing clear, tangible recommendations from municipalities on the frontline of receiving displaced populations and committed to creating inclusive communities. These recommendations will include considerations on immediate emergency response and steps which can be taken early on to facilitate community recovery and longer-term local development. We will also have a look at how existing tools can help local authorities, such as the Effective Toolkit for Refugees, GTFM Reports, and the Lampedusa Charter.

The discussion will be the fifth meeting of the Global Task Force on Migration (GTFM). The GTFM was created following the Gaziantep International Municipal Forum on Local Solutions to Migration and Displacement held in 2019 ahead of the first Global Refugee Forum. The meeting will build directly on the 2021 GCR Stocktaking Event, the April peer learning exchange on Local and Regional Government (LRG) actions towards Migration and Displacement in crisis contexts, and the Adana Municipal Coordination Meeting in May 2022. The event will seek to highlight new pledges made through the Call to Local Action launched at the May 2022 International Migration Review Forum and the efforts cities are making ahead of the 2023 Global Refugee Forum.

Simultaneous interpretation will be available in Arabic, English, French, Italian, and Turkish.



During the event, panelists and participants shared information about initiatives and resources in the chat - please find these below.

Call to Local Action

  • Local and regional governments have contributed pledges and good practices to the Global Compact on Refugees through the GFMD Mayors Mechanism's Call to Local Action for Migrants and Refguees, steered by UCLG, MMC and IOM  – an effort supported by UNHCR. To learn more about the Call to Local Action please go to http://localaction.mayorsmechanism.org/
  • The Call to Local Action is based on the global commitment made by Mayors in 2018 to realise the Global Compact for Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees at the same time. Read the Mayors Marrakech Declaration at http://localaction.mayorsmechanism.org/marrakech-mayors-declaration
  •  Local and Regional Governments have contributed pledges and good practices to the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact on Migration through the GFMD Mayors Mechanism’s Call to Local Action for Migrants and Refugees, steered by UCLG, MMC and IOM  – an effort supported by UNHCR. Presented at the first International Migration Review Forum (IMRF), the Call to Local Action, this effort has gathered 70 actions that help take stock of local leadership. Read more at http://localaction.mayorsmechanism.org/sites/default/files/2022-05/Localizing%20the%20Global%20Compacts_2022%20Report_0.pdf

Lampedusa and Lampedusa Charter

UNHCR Municipalities Toolkit

GTFM Resources

Online Course on Human Mobility

Opening Remarks

Gillian Triggs UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection

Keynote Speech

Zeynel Abidin Beyazgül Mayor of Sanlıurfa & UCLG-MEWA Co-President

Panel Discussion on Local Government Response to Protracted Refugee Influx

Moderator: Claire Roberts Lamont Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships-Cities, UNHCR
Flavia Boghiu Deputy Mayor of Brasov
Totò Martello President of the association 'Lampedusa Island of Peace' and member of the Lampedusa and Linosa City Council
Leila Youssef Assistant Director of the International Projects and Programs Unit at Irbid Municipality

Resources Available to Municipalities

Moderator: Hülya Alper Director of WALD
UCLG Community of Practice on Migration (CoP-Mig): Fátima Fernández UCLG World Secretariat
UNHCR Toolkit: Susanne Klink UNHCR
GTFM Resources: Bastien Revel UNDP

Closing Remarks

Louisa Vinton UNDP Türkiye Resident Representative

Master of Ceremonies

Yehia Ibrahim GTFM Secretariat