Understanding the Migration & Development Nexus: A Roadmap for Local Authorities, Brussels

JMDI meeting for Local Authorities


Thu, 12/10/2009

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The Networking and Participation of Lo cal Authorities Team of the JMDI has launched a peer review involving Local Authorities in and outside the EU. The overall goal of the peer review is to involve LAs in the formulation of policy recommendations aimed to enhance the capacity of local actors to effectively connect migration with development trends.

The objective of this meeting is twofold: on one hand, it aims at sharing and discussing with Local Authorities the outcomes of the process to date; on the other, it will serve as an opportunity for an open exchange with LAs on the specific needs they have in the M&D realm, and how can the Joint Initiative constructively give response to them.


Part I: An introduction to the M&D approach and the JMDI

9.30 – 9.40 Welcome, Lorenza BADIELLO , Director of Emilia-Romagna EU office

9.45 – 10.00 Setting the Context, Cecile RIALLANT, Head Programme Management Unit - EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative - UNDP

10.00 – 10.45 - The experience of Regional and Local Authorities in the framework of M&D nexus: local initiatives and projects financed by the JMDI Call for Proposals:

  • - Antonio GARCIA-NIETO GÓMEZ -GUILLAMÓN, Senior Policy Office at General Direction for Immigration: Murcia/Morocco project
  • - Simon MASSEY, Professor at the University of Coventry : University of Coventry/Nigeria project
  • - Evita GRŽIBOVSKA , Head of Brussels O ffice of Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments: Latvia/Georgi a project

10.45 – 11.10 - An insight into the peer-review and of the development of policy recommendations for local actors
Caterina PRATICO, Coordinator of LAs Networking Team

11.10 – 12.30 - Discussion on the policy recommendations and on JMDI support to LAs – moderated by Cecile RIALLANT, Head Programme Management Unit - EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative - UNDP

Part II: Local Authorities’ governance of migrants’ integration: empowering diasporas as a first step for linking territorial needs of social cohesi on to the Global Approach to Migration and its thematic dimension of M&D. Opportunities and Drawbacks,

  • - Facilitator: Roberta DALL’OLIO , Director of European Affairs and International Cooperation - ERVET
  • - Keynote speaker : Luigina DI LIEGRO, Ministry of Soc ial Policies – Lazio Region

12.30 – 12.45 - Opportunities for Regional and Local Authorities at EU level in the framework of the global approach to migration in view of the Stockholm Programme, Kristof TAMAS - European Commission , DG JLS, Unit B3 on International aspects of Migration

12.45 – 14.00 - Exchange of views between actors on M&D:

  • - Mirella ORLANDI , Senior Policy Officer at International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid Office – Emilia-Romagna Region
  • - Kayamba Tshitshi NDOUBA, Coordinator General Esc uela de Profesionales - Consejeria de Immigracion y Cooperation - Comunidad de Madrid
  • - Salvatore PETRONELLA , Policy Officer - Puglia Region EU Office
  • - Pape SÈNE, President - Coordination Générale des Migrants pour le Développement (CGMD)
  • - Alessandro LA GRASS A, President - Centro Ricerche Economiche e Sociali per il Meridione (CRESM)

Discussion with participants


This meeting is part of the provision of services “Networking and Participation of Local Authorities ” for the EC-UN JMDI and was organized by:

Federacio Valenciana de Municipis i Provincies - Regione Emilia-Romagna - Coppem - Nomisma - CRESM - Veneto Lavoro

in collaboration with:

City to City Network - Regione Lazio - ERLAI