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Mediterranean Refugees and Migrants
Center for Mediterranean Integration Newsletter
Issue 6 - January 2017

CMI Online Mediterranean Refugees Knowledge Base

By the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI): This knowledge base aims at highlighting the socio-economic challenges faced by refugees and host communities in the heavily affected Middle East and Turkey, as well as Europe and North Africa. It offers evidence-based analyses, innovative actions and solutions to develop more effective responses to the refugee crisis. These are essential to boosting actors’ capacities in order to work towards the common welfare of refugees and host communities.
 
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Facts and Figures
Spotlights: Events
In the News
Spotlights: Innovative Actions
Responses to the Crisis
Upcoming Events
Resources and Publications

 
Facts and Figures
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Inter-Agency Information Sharing Portal on the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey

By the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR): This web portal presents updated information on Syrians registered in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and North Africa.
 
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Regional Overview: Refugees/ Migrants in the Mediterranean

By the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR): Increasing numbers of refugees and migrants take their chances abroad unseaworthy boats to reach Europe.
 
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Migration Flows in Europe

By the International Organization for Migration (IOM): Migrants and refugees continue to arrive in Europe. Some of them also continue to die at sea. This map gives an overview of latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean.
 
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Credit: By European Border and Coast Guard Agency

December Figures for 3 Main Migratory Routes into European Union

By Frontex, 13 January, 2017: In December, there were nearly 11 000 detections of illegal border crossings on the three main migratory routes into the EU.
 
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Spotlights: Events
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Helsinki Conference on Supporting Syrians and the Region

Helsinki, Finland, 24 January, 2017: United Nations Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations partners and representatives of governments responding to the Syrian Crisis gathered at a key conference to sharpen policies and strengthen commitment to addressing the growing needs of over 22 million people affected by the Syria crisis. This event was an opportunity to review plans for urgent humanitarian needs as well as livelihoods and longer-term support needed inside Syria and in neighboring countries. Various side events were convened including the launch of the UNDP State of Resilience Programming and Lessons Learned for the Reconstruction of Syria. The Government of Finland, UN partners and the private sector convened the Nordic Innovation Day prior to this event to facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships with the private sector. Event hosted by the Government of Finland.

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 Credit: by GFMD  

2016 Global Forum on Migration and Development

Dhaka, Bangladesh, 9-12 December, 2016: The meeting brought together policy makers, UN agencies and civil society to discuss cooperation in global, social and labor market governance and issues such as gender, ethical recruitment, reducing migration costs, diversity and protection of migrants. Event organized at the initiative of United Nations Member States.

 
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 Credit: By German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development 

Planning Integrated Solid Waste Management Solutions

Amman, Jordan, 14-16 November, 2016: Participants from municipalities in Jordan and German experts gathered to discuss and exchange on examples of good practice in integrated waste management. Event organized by Connective Cities.

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 Credit: By ICMPD 

Vienna Migration Conference

Vienna, Austria, 10-11 November, 2016: More than 100 senior officials gathered to discuss international refugee protection and the emergence of a new foreign migration policy. Event organized by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).

 
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In the News
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Credit: By The Jordan Times

Jordan, Donors Endorse New Refugee Response Plan

By the Jordan Times, 12 January, 2017: The government and the international community endorsed a $7.6-billion three-year Jordan Response Platform (JRP) for the Syria Crisis. The JRP for the Syria Crisis 2017–2019 is a call for further collective action to respond to the crisis, and it builds on the paradigm-shift and resilience-focused approaches adopted to proactively respond to the protracted development challenges.

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World Bank Provides $10.8 Million Grant Funding Projects for Refugee Host Communities

By Petra, 7 January, 2017: On behalf of the Jordanian government, Planning and International Cooperation Minister, Imad Fakhoury signed a grant agreement of additional fund with the World Bank (WB). The $10.8 million- grant is part of supporting host communities of Syrian refugees' project emergency service and social resilience.

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Progress Made under the European Agenda on Migration

By the European Commission, 8 December, 2016: The Commission has reported progresses made in the framework of the European Agenda on Migration, including in the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement and on the European Union's relocation and resettlement schemes.

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Solidarity Cities: Initiative on the Management of the Refugee Crisis

By Eurocities, November 2016: Solidarity Cities is an initiative on the management of the refugee crisis proposed by the Mayor of Athens and launched in the framework of the EUROCITIES network. It aims to constitute the framework under which all cities actions and initiatives are presented highlighting the political leadership of cities in addressing this challenge.

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Spotlight: Innovative Actions
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Increasing Two-Way Communication with Refugees on the Move in Europe

By United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Innovation, December 2016: In collaboration with Google, Mercy Corps, ThoughtWorks and others, a mobile application was developed to increase two-way communication with refugees.

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Credit: by Mercycorps

WiFi System Connecting Syrian Refugees in Northern Iraqi Camp with Families in Syria

By the World Food Programme (WFP), 2 November, 2016: The WFP has launched an innovative project that provides wireless internet access to Syrian refugees living in Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq, the largest refugee camp in Iraq which is home to 31,000 Syrian refugees.

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Techfugees: A Tech Community Response to the Needs of Refugees

By Techfugees: Techfugees is a social enterprise mobilizing the international tech community to respond to the refugee situation. Techfugees organizes conferences, workshops and hackathons around the world in an effort to supply a pool of tech solutions and tech talent to NGOs working with refugees, and refugees themselves.

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Refugees Welcome Map

By the European University Association, 2016: The project aims to map the initiatives of higher education institutions and related networks and organizations supporting refugee students, researchers and academic staff.

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Responses to the Crisis
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Credit: By ACTED

Vulnerable Women Expand Economic Opportunities with Cash-for-Work Program

By ACTED, 17 January, 2017: Women refugees who are single mothers or heads of households have difficulties supporting themselves and their families in Za’atari refugee camp. In partnership with the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), French NGO ACTED developed employment opportunities for women to provide a valuable boost to their income. The program, however, has been challenged by community who view the work as shameful to the women.

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Facility for Refugees in Turkey

By the European Commission, 22 December, 2016: The European Union has invested €270 million to construct and equip school buildings for Syrian refugee children and their host communities in Turkey.

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New Prospects for Refugees and Internally Displaced in Northern Iraq

By the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), 21 December, 2016: GIZ is supporting people who have fled Syria and are internally displaced in Iraq in rebuilding an independent life through Cash for Work program and training schemes.

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Guidelines for Migrant Integration

By the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) and the European Public Service Union (EPSU), 12 December, 2016: CEMR and EPSU have released guidelines on how to facilitate migrant integration with a clear focus on labor market integration.

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EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis

By the European Commission, 6 December, 2016: The EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis adopted a new €139 million assistance package to help refugees fleeing the war in Syria and their overstretched host communities.

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Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

By the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and the World Food Programme (WFP), 16 December, 2016: This annual study, which surveyed a representative sample of Syrian refugee households in Lebanon to identify changes in trends in their situations, reveals that Syrian refugees in Lebanon remain highly vulnerable after many years living in the country and mainly rely on aid from the international community.

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Credit: By EIB

EIB’s Economic Resilience Initiative

By the European Investment Bank (EIB), December 2016: The initiative is part of the joined up European Union (EU) response to the challenges posed by forced displacement and migration, and will be implemented in close cooperation with EU member states and other partners. The initiative aims to boost economic resilience in the Southern Neighborhood and the Western Balkans, also in the context of the migration challenge, by upgrading and developing social and economic infrastructure and stimulating growth and job creation.  

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Toolkit for Assessing Health System Capacity to Manage Large Influx of Refugees, Asylum-Seekers and Migrants

By the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, December 2016: With over a million refugees and migrants arriving in Europe by sea in 2015 and over 350,000 so far this year, the WHO Regional Office for Europe, with assistance from IOM and UNHCR, has responded by developing a toolkit – the first of its kind – to help countries analyze and improve their health capacity and first response to large-scale migration.

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Upcoming Events
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CMI Webinar Series for Municipalities Hosting Refugees
Webinar: The Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) will organize follow-up webinars on Solid Waste Management and Social Cohesion for municipalities hosting refugees. The upcoming webinar scheduled on February 9th will address issues on energy creation from waste, the use of new technologies and PPPs in waste management.
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14-15
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Peer-to-Peer Meeting of Mediterranean City-to-City Migration Project
Vienna, Austria, 14-15 February, 2017: As part of the Mediterranean City to City Migration project United Cities and Local Government (UGLC) partners have contributed to the establishment of a network of cities from the north and south of the Mediterranean. These cities - Amman, Beirut, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Tangier, Tunis, Turin and Vienna - will participate in the different activities of the network and in particular the thematic learning and exchanges of best practices among peers linked to the inclusion of migrants at a local level. This 4th meeting will focus on refugees hosting at the city level. Event organized by ICMPD, UCLG and United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN–Habitat).
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Supporting Syrian Diaspora Business
Eschborn, Germany, 27-28 February, 2017: The forum will take stock of the key findings from consultation meetings with the Syrian diaspora conducted in ten countries and thirteen cities and aims to: (i) develop a database of Syrian diaspora investors and businesses as well as other key players; (ii) initiate dialogue and strengthen network and engagements with key stakeholders; and (iii) facilitate knowledge sharing around sustainable opportunities for investments, new markets, skills transfer, sustainable partnerships and lessons. Event organized by the WB, GIZ, IOM and CMI.
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Resources and Publications
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Europe’s New Refugees: A Road Map for Better Integration Outcomes

By McKinsey and Company, 1 December, 2016: The report examines the surge of 2.3 million refugees and asylum seekers who arrived in Europe during 2015 and 2016. Although this episode is only a small part of the broader global phenomenon, it presented Europe with the most dramatic wave of forced migration the continent has experienced since the aftermath of World War II.

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Cities Welcoming Refugees and Migrants

By the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), December, 2016: The book provides a first thorough international mapping and analysis of 'city and migration' issues with focus on Europe; drawing on a survey of European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR) member cities, a sweeping review of literature, and perspectives of international networks on cities and migration.

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Securing Status: Syrian refugees and the documentation of legal status, identity, and family relationships in Jordan

By the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), 8 November, 2016: This report considers the experiences of Syrian refugees with the Urban Verification Exercise (UVE) and focuses on the impact and obstacles faced by some refugees throughout the process.

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State of the Syria Crisis Response

By Voluntas Advisory, November, 2016: The report aims at assessing humanitarian and development challenges and ways forward by addressing practitioners from international organizations, NGOs, government authorities, donors, the private sector and academia, covering the cross section of the refugee and host community response from workers on the ground in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey to key decision makers.

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From Refugees to Workers

By Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Migration Policy Centre (MPC), 2016: The report aims at mapping labor-market integration support measures for asylum seekers and refugees in European Union member states to provide a better understanding of the emerging challenges in policy targeting the labor-market integration of refugees.

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If you wish to contribute to the upcoming issue, please send your contribution to: refugees@cmimarseille.org. Kindly note that due to the large number of submissions, the editorial team reserves the right to select submissions to be featured in each issue.  

This newsletter is produced every two months by the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) as part of its Mediterranean Refugees and Host Communities Knowledge Action Program. It is based on a desk review and presents a selection of updates, publications and events pertaining to the refugee crisis in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. 

Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of CMI. This newsletter contains hypertext links to other sites. The CMI assumes no responsibility for those sites.
The Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) is a multi-partner platform where development agencies, Governments, local authorities and civil society from around the Mediterranean convene in order to exchange knowledge, discuss public policies, and identify the solutions needed to address key challenges facing the Mediterranean region. Members of the CMI include Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Tunisia, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region, City of Marseille, the European Investment Bank and the World Bank Group. 
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Janette Uhlmann (Ph.D)
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Center for Mediterranean Integration
The World Bank - Marseille Office
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Email: juhlmann@worldbank.org
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