Advocacy Training Snapshots from the Borders

Bucharest, 12th of November 2019

PRESS RELEASE

Advocacy Training Snapshots from the Borders – Session for an efficient migration management

20191107_210516Novapolis Association – Center for Analysis and Initiatives for Development together with Municipality of Constanța held on Thursday 7th November, 2019, the Advocacy Training Snapshots from the Borders – Session for an efficient migration management. The event took place in Constanța, in the hall „Remus Opreanu” of the County Council of Constanta.

The training session brought together representatives of the local authorities, representatives of NGOs and academic participants from Constanta, Tulcea and Bucharest, who had the opportunity to improve their critical understanding of the global interdependencies that determine migration flows to European borders, targeting to achieve the Sustainable Development Objectives ( SDGs), especially SDG 1, 5, 10, 11 and 16.

20191107_211225During the Advocacy Training, the participants worked in groups and discussed about the determining factors of the migratory flows that they receive in their cities and establishing links between the practices of the migration management used locally and the root causes of this flows.

20191107_211646The topics debated during the training session were the legislative and the policy framework in the field of migration and integration, as well as the analysis of the role of the local, national and European actors, and the opportunities for advocacy actions in the field of migration and development. In addition, during the advocacy session, they interacted directly with experts and specialists in the field, that shared their experience, identified and selected local and national advocacy priorities in the field of migration and integration of immigrants and refugees, as well as on how to collaborate at European level within the Network of Border Towns and Islands, developed within the project.

The Advocacy training in Romania highlighted that the Network of Border Towns and Islands could become the engine that can generate the conditions for an efficient and adequate cooperation regarding the realities with challenges and opportunities that migration flows brings at local, national and European level. Taking into account policies, actions and measures regarding migration and inclusion of immigrants and refugees that have proved effective in other countries and territories, we all together can learn and make progress much easier.

The activity was carried out within the project “Snapshots from the borders – Small towns facing the global challenges of Agenda 2030”, contract no. CSO-LA/2017/388-115, co-funded by the European Union, DEAR budget line, implemented in partnership with 31 partners from different European and non-European countries. The leader of this project is the municipality of Lampedusa and Linosa (Italy).
***For more information about the project http://www.snapshotsfromtheborders.eu/romania-projects/ or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/snapshotsfromtheborders/ phone no 0725 259 919 e-mail: asociațianovapolis@gmail.com, contact person Iris Alexe, national coordinator.