Habitat III Issue Paper: Migration and Refugees in Urban Areas

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This issue paper elaborated with contributions of UNHCR, OHCHR, IOM, UNITAR, UN DESA, FAO, UN-Habitat and UNFPA in the context of HABITAT III aims to "raise awareness of how inclusive planning for rapid urbanization, migration and displacement – through improved rights and protection for migrants and refugees, access to adequate services, opportunities and space, and regulations that create an enabling environment – can maximize the skills, resources and creativity of migrants and refugees that drive sustainable development. The central pillars of the New Urban Agenda, which provide guidance on issues such as urban planning and design and the legal frameworks needed to produce positive outcomes of urbanization, also offer an opportunity to respond to the needs of migrants, displaced and refugees in urban areas. Accordingly, the Issue Summary section of this paper discusses the enabling national legal and policy frameworks required to address the vulnerabilities and injustices facing these populations; the need for integrating migration concerns into development planning; and ways forward to bridge humanitarian and development concerns."

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9 pages

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Migration and Integration
Migration and Local Economic Development
Migration and Local Governance

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JMDI publication