Freetown Mayor Joins World Mayors to Form First Mayors Migration Council in Morocco
By a press release (12/12/18)
Freetown City Council Mayor has joined other Mayors around the world to launch the Mayors Migration Council MCC in Morocco, north Africa.
On the eve of the historic Intergovernmental Conference on the Global Compact for Migration, Freetown Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr join Mayors from around the world in Marrakesh to launch the MMC on December 8, 2018. (Photo: Freetown Mayor Aki-Sawyerr, centre).
Cities have played a leading role in responding to the refugee and migration challenges of recent years, pioneering practical solutions for both welcoming and integrating newcomers. The MMC will help cities share these experiences to shape and inform international policy debates on migration.
The MMC was represented in Marrakesh by members of its Leadership Board, which include the Mayors of Los Angeles, Amman, Milan, Kampala, Athens, Bristol, Freetown, and Montreal. The launch took place during the fifth Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration and Development, where representatives from over 70 cities debated and endorsed a mayoral declaration that will be delivered to the UN conference.
The MMC will support cities to gain access to and actively participate in migration policy deliberations at the regional and international levels. It will help mayors elevate experiences of successful integration practices that can serve as models for international policies and action by cities around the world.
In 2015, 22 “global cities” hosted 18% - or 44 million - of all international migrants. In Australia, 99% of immigrants live in cities and 95% in the United Kingdom and Canada. Meanwhile, about half of the world’s refugees live in urban areas, whereas only about 25% live in camps.
In the United States, refugees earned more than $77 billion in household income and paid almost $21 billion in taxes in 2015, according to a New American Economy report.
Beyond their work on the Global Compacts, local leaders also are making progress in institutionalizing their presence in the international arena. The state-led Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), for instance, is establishing a “mayor’s mechanism” to formally convene mayors and provide a conduit for their engagement alongside states, civil society, and the business sector. Germany, Ecuador, and other countries have encouraged the engagement of local leaders.
The Mayors Migration Council is supported by the Open Society Foundations and the Government of Switzerland.
Courtesy: FCC Communications