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Inclusive Cities: Enhancing the Positive Impact of Urban Migrants (UN-Habitat’s Flagship Programme)

Migration has a positive impact for cities as migrants introduce fresh ideas, skills, resources and perspectives that enrich economic, social and cultural dynamics. But large-scale movement of migrants, refugees, IDPs or returnees into cities can also create tension when host populations perceive increased competition for basic, social or urban services, jobs, land and housing or infrastructure, or when social exclusion and inequality are on the rise.

The flagship programme on “Inclusive Cities - Enhancing the positive impact of urban migration” aims to support local and national authorities to create inclusive and non-discriminatory urban environments for all people, especially where migration into cities has occurred rapidly, and where cities are struggling to cope with the needs of both migrant and host communities.