27 June

MPI WEBINAR: Forging Partnerships to Make the Reintegration of Migrants More Effective and Sustainable

There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ reintegration model that can ensure success for returning migrants and the communities into which they are re-entering. Returnees have complex, interconnected economic, social, and psychosocial needs that typically cannot be covered by one single service provider. Returning migrants need to be able to access core public services (documentation, work opportunities, and health care) as well as context-specific local initiatives that will endure even after reintegration programmes end. Yet while there is a growing acknowledgement that better partnerships between reintegration providers and local actors are needed to expand the variety of support measures available to returnees, there is no consensus as to how these connections (or ‘referrals’) should be organised, what types of services referral partners should deliver (and what support they need to do so), and how outcomes can best be monitored over time.

This MPI Europe webinar will examine how to design referral mechanisms so that returnees receive the core services they need, while also ensuring support is embedded within local contexts (for instance delivered by trusted providers, or calibrated to specific ethnic, cultural, or linguistic needs). Speakers will explore questions around how major donors and providers can effectively partner with local actors, striking the right balance between formal reintegration programmes (that are often more established but can be removed from local needs) and local initiatives (which may lack capacity but be better placed to cultivate trust with beneficiaries). How can programmes be embedded within the fabric of local communities and ‘professionalised’ to ensure that migrants do not fall through the cracks and outcomes are monitored over time?

MONDAY, 27 JUNE 2022  Register

2:00 P.M. CEST (Brussels, Berlin) / 1:00 P.M. BST (Lisbon, London) / 8:00 A.M. ET (New York, DC)

Nassim Majidi, Founder and Director, Samuel Hall
Vojkan Milovanovic, Head of Office and Project Coordinator, Help – Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe, Mission to the Republic of Serbia
Ravenna Sohst, Associate Policy Analyst, MPI Europe
Abrham Tamrat,
Regional Programme Coordinator, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office in Dakar

Camille Le Coz, Senior Policy Analyst, MPI and MPI Europe