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Conference “Acting together in migration management – enhancing coordination among central and local level”
16.02.2016

  • Location: Skopje, Macedonia
  • Date: 17/03/2016

The conference “Acting together in migration management – enhancing coordination among central and local level” is organised by NALAS and MARRI as a follow up to the Conference "Challenges and impact of refugee crisis for Local Governments in South-East Europe" organized in Zagreb in October 2015 by NALAS, where local governments have been identified as first affected by the refugee influx, thus they have to be considered as a key stakeholder and supported by the national government and international community in dealing with the refugee influx issue.

Local governments appealed for better coordination at regional level and that the national governments, the European Union, the donors and other relevant actors take urgent measures to address the following immediate and long term priorities. It has been concluded that the overall support to local governments in facing these challenges proved to be inefficient and inadequate and in most cases national governments were slow to provide appropriate guidance and coordination, the communication and data exchange often failed, funding mechanisms were not appropriate or missing, centralized, slow and complicated. At the same time, the inter-municipal cross-border cooperation failed to provide information exchange among the local decision-makers and concrete assistance.

The Conference “Acting together in migration management – enhancing coordination among central and local level” is co-financed by CEI Cooperation Fund and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia. The event is expected to bring about the adoption of Conclusions for enhancement of the role of local authorities in the migrant crisis management:

  • Positive examples and best practices of cooperation between national and local authorities
  • Establishment of a Network that will be tasked to draft Joint Action Plan and a Roadmap.
  • Setting the base for producing the Curricula for educating local and central officials in the field of migration management  

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