Africa and the Mediterranean. Cities facing the migration challenge

8 April 2024. From 18:00 | Conference | Catalan | French | IEMed
slideshow image A view from Barcelona, 2024. (Josbel A. Tinoco)

The complexity of migratory flows, their causes, their direct impact on societies, as well as the frontline management of immigration reception and accommodation, goes beyond the State dimension and requires the active participation of subnational governments as well as cities to achieve better governance of migrations.

Facing the major challenge posed by migration from West Africa and the Sahel to North African countries, and from there to Europe, local governments are increasingly playing a fundamental role as cities become spaces for reception, residence, and human mobility. To ensure their urban system, cities are innovating in terms of public policies and creating new spaces for cooperation and coordination.

In light of the urgency of addressing the governance challenges of migration in the Mediterranean region and West Africa, and within the framework of the debate on the emerging local dimension in urban and migration studies, the project Migrations and Urban Governance: An agenda for cooperation, which is presented in this event, aims to facilitate spaces where research, investigation, and the search for public policy solutions can advance in the analysis and elaboration of proposals on the role of cities, and on new local migratory governance within the Euro-Mediterranean urban agenda, as well as with West Africa, and in line with the objectives of the Agenda 2030.

Speakers


Senén Florensa
Welcome remarks

Senén Florensa

Executive President IEMed
Pau Solanilla
Welcome remarks

Pau Solanilla

Commissioner of International Relations and City Promotion Barcelona City Council
Sonia Fuertes
Speaker

Sonia Fuertes

Commissioner of Social Action in the Area of Social Rights, Culture, Education, and Life Cycles. Barcelona City Council
Abderrahim Zebbakh
Speaker

Abderrahim Zebbakh

Head of International Cooperation and Communication Office of the President of the Tangier City Council
Xavier Aragall
Speaker

Xavier Aragall

Programme Manager Migrations IEMed
Marc Vidal
Moderator

Marc Vidal

President Catalan Association of European Journalists (APEC)

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