Welcome to the Call to Local Action for Migrant and Refugees space for resources. You may find here our annual flagship publication, documents, courses and other material that has helped shape this initiative. 

2023 Annual Report on Local Action for Migrants and Refugees

The second edition of the report on Local Action for Migrants and refugees report on the Call the Local Action and the efforts to localize the GCM and GCR will be delivered by local and regional governments on the occasion of the 2023 Global Refugee Forum (GRF). The GRF will serve as the second review of the Global Compact on Refugees.

The 2023 Annual Report seeks to inspire cities, national governments and partners by highlighting local governments’ progress in implementing the Global Compacts and spotlighting the local pledges that have been collected so far. 

The Call to Local Action Migrants and Refugees is the official pathway for local and regional governments to pledge for implementation in unison and a concrete avenue to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. 

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2022 Annual Report on Local Actions for Migrants and Refugees

This document is the first report on the Call the Local Action and the efforts to localize the GCM and GCR, which LRGs will deliver to the first-ever national government review of the GCM — the 2022 International Migration Review Forum (IMRF).

The Call to Local Action for Migrants and Refugees is an on-going and iterative program of the Mayors Mechanism and our partners, following the model of robust local efforts to localize the SDGs and achieve the Paris Agreement.

A next report will be produced in advance of the next national government review of the GCR — the 2023 Global Refugee Forum.

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First International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) Report

This report, prepared by the Mayors Mechanism, provides a summary of local and regional governments’ (LRGs) engagement at the 2022 International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) and their road towards greater inclusion. It also serves as a learning tool for the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the local governance of migration developed by UCLG in partnership with the Mayors Mechanism and the Mediterranean City to City Migration (MC2CM) project for an audience of LRGs and other relevant stakeholders



Other resources

My JDMI E-course

This e-learning course, based on the JMDI Toolbox, is a free, flexible and comprehensive e-course for stakeholders working on migration and development at the local level (local and national governments, civil society, migrants’ associations, academia, international organizations, etc.) on how to better manage migration for enhanced local development through the inclusion and empowerment of migrants and diaspora in development planning and policy-making.

The e-learning course was developed by the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO) based on the JMDI’s training tools ‘My JMDI Toolbox’ which was elaborated jointly with IOM and ITC-ILO. Versions in French and Spanish are also available at the same link.


Refugee Inclusion Toolkit

In April 2022, the UNHCR and the Migration Policy Group (MPG), released a new toolkit entitled “Effective inclusion of refugees: Participatory approaches for practitioners at the local level.

The toolkit provides step-by-step practical guidelines and communication materials for the running of integration and inclusion practices, helping local actors to build participatory approaches in their respective towns. It focuses on the design, monitoring and evaluation of such practices, including through the provision of guidance on eliciting feedback from beneficiaries and of indicators for measuring progress, assessing impact, and adapting when required.

Specifically, the toolkit is aimed at public authorities and services at the national and local level, civil society organisations including refugee-led organisations, faith-based organisations, educational institutions, and business actors.

Local Migration Governance Indicators Framework

In 2018, IOM created the Local Migration Governance Indicators (Local MGI) to support LRGs to take stock of the migration policies and strategies they have in place and to foster the dialogue between national and local governments. Based on 80+ indicators, this is a voluntary and consultative process that offers local governments an opportunity to have an introspective look at the policies, programs, and structures they have in place to manage migration.

Since its inception, more than 50 local governments worldwide have applied the Local MGI, many of which used the exercise to inform the development of policies and capacity-building activities. For example, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Local MGI served as a basis for the development of the 2021-2024 Municipal Plan for Immigrant Policies, that directly aligns to the GCM, GCR, and SDGs and which the city has submitted as a pledge to the Call to Local Action for Migrants and Refuges. In Johannesburg, South Africa, and Dublin, Ireland, the exercise will feed into the reviewing of the policy on the integration of migrants and the integration and intercultural strategy (2021-2025), respectively.


General knowledge platforms

Migration 4 Development (M4D Net)

The M4D Net is the global hub on migration and sustainable development (M&SD), bringing together practitioners and policymakers from around the world. Exchange ideas, develop skills and consolidate partnerships to harness the development potential of migration and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Compact for Migration. Share and disseminate good practices, latest research and knowledge from real practical experiences at the local, national and global levels, putting migrants at the heart of our global progress towards sustainable, equitable, and prosperous societies.

The M4D Net is an interagency, multistakeholder platform open to all and managed by IOM. It is a legacy of an earlier site created over ten years ago through the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI), an inter-agency UN programme spanning over a decade that worked in several countries.

Programmes and projects

Mediterranean City-to-City Migration Project

The Mediterranean City-to-City Migration (MC2CM) project reflects cities’ central role in the integration of migrants. Initiated in 2015 by the UCLG, the International Centre of Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), and UN-Habitat, the project brings together city leaders, public officials, and multi-disciplinary experts from 22 participating cities across North Africa, Middle East and Europe. The MC2CM project aims to support mutual learning through peer-to-peer dialogue between city stakeholders, improve access to quality data and analysis through the development of City Migration Profiles, and promote conditions for equal access to services for migrants through the implementation of selected pilot projects.


Global Cities Fund for Migrants and Refugees

The Global Cities Fund for Migrants and Refugees (GCF) responds to the unmet needs of cities as they support migrants, refugees, and internally displaced people (IDPs) in the face of pressing challenges. By directly funding cities to implement programs of their own design, the GCF builds precedents of fiscal feasibility in city governments that are often disregarded by donors with low risk tolerance.

The GCF is led by the MMC in partnership with five key Strategic Partners: C40 Cities, IOM, UCLG, UN-Habitat, and UNHCR. Each Strategic Partner provides on-the-ground technical and coordination support to city grantees, advises on the development of a pipeline of projects, and amplifies the GCF’s impact globally.