No. 25 International Dialogue on Migration: Conference on Migrants and cities

Author/s: IOM
Language: English
Publication Type: Event Proceedings(External)

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) convened the Conference on Migrants and Cities on 26 and 27 October 2015 in Geneva, within the framework of its main migration policy forum, the International Dialogue on Migration. This event was an occasion for city mayors and local authority representatives from around the world to discuss migration-related opportunities and challenges with high-level government officials, as well as representatives of civil society organizations, international organizations and the private sector – more than 600 participants in all. The common theme was that migration is a growing – and often a determining – factor in local planning, since most migration (whether internal or international) is to cities. This report offers an analysis of the issues raised at the conference and provides details of selected contributions. The first chapter provides an overview of the issues, with subsequent chapters providing additional details and coverage of the conference proceedings. The report concludes with recommendations. The background paper, final agenda and the summary of conclusions of the conference are also included.
The conference included a session – Migrants and Cities: Partnerships in Health – that addressed the importance of ensuring access to migrant-sensitive health services for a positive migration outcome and contribution to the socioeconomic development of urban areas. See Chapter 3.


  • Chapter 1: Migration is at the heart of the human and economic development of cities
  • Chapter 2: Increasing migration to cities presents both opportunutes and challenges
  • Chapter 3: Migration, urbanization, and infrastructure
  • Chapter 4: Economic effects of migration on cities
  • Chapter 5: Managing the social effects of migration
  • Chapter 6: Managing migration - local governance
  • Chapter 7: The role of the international community is key in improving migration management capacities and facilitating collaboration
  • Conclusion and recommendations


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