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International Migrants Day: Congress President underlines the crucial role of local and regional authorities

International migrants day Strasbourg, France 18 December 2018
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International Migrants Day: Congress President underlines the crucial role of local and regional authorities

On the occasion of International Migrants Day and following the adoption of the United Nations Global Migration Pact, better known as the Marrakech Pact, Congress President Anders KNAPE said:

"The issue of migration is more than ever at the heart of public policies, particularly at local and regional level. Local and regional authorities have a key role in organising the reception of migrants and their integration. This is the perspective in which we have been working for several years, with a particular focus on co-operation at all levels of governance.”

Early integration is a crucial step to facilitate the long-term inclusion of migrants and refugees. With regard to border regions, to which the Congress pays particular attention, it is necessary to clarify the legal framework to better distribute competences between the different levels of governance".

The Congress also addressed participation in local elections and the enhanced protection of refugee children with its adoption of various recommendations.

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