|Organization: International Organization For Migration (IOM) United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)|
|The Joint Migration And Development Initiative (JMDI)|
|The Swiss Agency For Development And Cooperation (SDC)|
|United Nations Institute For Training And Research (UNITAR)|
While migration is a global phenomenon, with one in seven people in the world being an internal or international migrant, the effects of migration are most felt at the local level. The reasons are twofold: first, migration is a key driver of cities’ growth. In many parts of the world, migration is driving much of the increase in urbanisation, making cities much more diverse places in which to live. Second, migrants are individuals with specific needs during times of crises, but who can also become agents of development when the right policies are put in place. It is within this context that this multi-stakeholder event will serve to: - Identify key facts and figures on rapid urbanisation triggered by forced migration as a result of conflicts and natural disasters; - Reflect on policy priorities on migrants for city administrations and national authorities which are complementary and coherent, and rooted in the New Urban Agenda; - Provide guiding principles on how to mainstream and implement sustainable migration policy and management measures which complement and are supported by all governance structures – national, provincial and local governments.