The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is participating in the 12th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit in the framework of numerous projects. The Forum, which is held in Quito, Ecuador, during the week of 20 - 24 January 2020, welcomes about 1000 policy makers and practitioners in the field of migration and development from all world regions and representatives from international organisations are attending the forum.
As a reputable voice in the topics of narratives towards migrants and migration and city-level governance of migration, which form part of the official programme, ICMPD has been invited to share the experiences arising from the EUROMED IV and Mediterranean City-To-City projects.
EUROMED Migration IV is a programme funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by ICMPD. It supports EU Member States and the European Neighbourhood Instrument Southern Partner Countries in establishing a comprehensive, constructive and operational dialogue and cooperation framework on migration, with a particular focus on reinforcing instruments and capacities to develop and implement evidence-based migration policies. Within this frame, ICMPD’s Regional Coordinator for the Mediterranean Julien Simon speaks at the Round-table session on “Shaping public narratives on migration and migrants”. In his intervention, he illustrates how perception and attitudes to migration affect the way policy is enacted, the importance of addressing the benefits of migration and the way ICMPD is promoting a new balanced narrative on migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region.