Local Authorities and Migration Management International Symposium and Workshop of Together, Stronger Project was held on October 3-4, 2019.

  • 06/10/2019
Local Authorities and Migration Management International Symposium and Workshop of Together, Stronger Project was held on October 3-4, 2019.

The project entitled with “Empowerment of the Local Authorities/Administrations in the Management of Migration (Together&Stronger) led by Izmir Governorship EU and Foreign Relations Bureau in cooperation with Ripalimosani Municipality and ARES Scarl From Italy and Doctors of the World from Turkey as the projects partners has been granted by CFCU in the scope of Town Twinning Action Between Turkey and EU Grant Scheme.

“Local Authorities and Migration Management Policies” Symposium and workshop were organized between 3-4 October, in 2019 at Balçova Termal Hotel. The symposium was about the roles and responsibilities of local authorities in migration management. The programme started with the opening speeches of Deputy Governor, Dear Mr. Uğur KOLSUZ and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Directorate for EU Affairs Representative in Izmir, Dear Mr. Ceyhan ÇİÇEK. Then, the programme continued with the presentation of Özlem GÜL, Project General Coordinator, who gave a general information about the project. Project Co-applicants, Municipality of Ripalimosani (Mrs. AnnamariaTrivisonno, Vice-Mayor), ARES Scarl (Mrs. Paola Pietrangello, President) and Doctors of the World (Mrs. Aslı Soysal, Field Coordinator) also presented their existing services and studies towards the migrants/refugees in their regions.

Speakers at national and international level were invited to make presentations on migration management. They made speeches in two different sessions; respectively “European Experiences in Migration Management and “Migration Management and Local Authorities (Please find the detailed programmes below). An international cooperation agreement in migration management was signed between Izmir Governorship and Ripalimosani Municipality. On 4th October, a workshop on migration management was held at the same hotel.

Representatives of different organizations such as local municipalities, district governorships, universities and NGOs were invited to attend the workshop and they were asked to work in groups of 14 (7 round tables) lead by a moderator to evaluate the current situation of refugees and discuss solutions to their social and economic adaptation to the society. Findings of each group were consolidated, and a workshop report will be drafted in the end. Afterwards, with the results of needs assessment with migrants and results of the workshop, “A sustaninable Migration Management Policy Text” will be developed.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the organization of the event. Special thanks to Dear Mr. Uğur KOLSUZ (Deputy Governor), Our district Governors; Dear Mr. Fatih GENEL, Bornova District Governor, Dear Mr. Mehmet ERİŞ, Konak District Governor, Dear Mr.Ercan ÖTER, Torbalı District Governor, Secretary General EU-Turkey Forum European Parliament, Dear Mrs. Laura BATALLA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Directorate for EU Affairs Representative in Izmir, Dear Mr. Ceyhan ÇİÇEK, Project Co-applicants, Municipality of Ripalimosani (Dear Mrs. AnnamariaTrivisonno, Vice-Mayor), ARES Scarl (Dear Mrs. Paola Pietrangello, President) and Doctors of the World (Dear Mrs. Aslı Soysal, Field Coordinator, Pınar ERDİL, Project Coordinator, Mrs. Dilek Batmaz VURAL, Manager), Director of Labour Agency of the Italian Ministry of Labor and Social Policies, Dear Mr. Biagio Testa, Yaşar University (Assoc. Prof. Dear Mrs. Ayselin Gözde Yıldız), Bahçeşehir University (Assoc. Prof. Dear Mrs. Ulaş Sunata), Dokuz Eylül University, Prof. Dear Mr. Abbas Türnüklü and Dr. Dear Mrs. Ayçıl YÜCER, Head of IGAM, Dear Mr. Metin Çorabatır, Project Manager UNDP Turkey, Dear Mrs. Ezgi ARSLAN, Karabağlar District Governorship EU office, Dear Mrs. Pınar ŞENGÜL, EU Office, Izmir Governorship Project Expert, Dear Mr. Serkan KURTULUŞ.