September 01, 2021     cib    

Migration and Local Authorities: Local solutions for large movements of refugees and migrants

Course Introduction:

The world is currently witnessing the highest levels of human displacement on record. According to the latest figures of UNHCR, an estimated 80 million people worldwide have been forced to leave their homes. Among them are nearly 26.3 million refugees. Local governments are at the forefront of the response to these developments. They often have to take measures before national governments develop and adapt policies. Local authorities provide essential services and develop innovative solutions to the complex and rapidly changing circumstances resulting from the influx of displaced populations.

In this two-week course, we will explore the role of local authorities in receiving and integrating migrants, including asylum seekers and refugees. We will address several dilemmas confronting local authorities, including how to mainstream the specific needs of migrants and refugees in local development planning, how to boost economic opportunities and maintain the delivery of inclusive services to both migrants as well as host communities (i.e. health care, education, housing, waste management), and how to create a safe environment where the host community and refugees can live safely together.

What can we learn from experiences in camp settings? What are the lessons learned from governments opting to integrate refugees into the local community? How can we maintain social cohesion in communities affected by a large influx of migrants or refugees? How can the public, private and NGO sectors work together to create opportunities (e.g. employment) and enhance the integration of refugees? How can national governments and local authorities make use of the Global Compact, in specific the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) to enhance coordination and refugees’ self-reliance?

In exploring these issues, the course will highlight the latest developments in the field, spotlight case studies, and reflect on the practical experiences of the experts and participants.

Key information

  • The training will take place in The Hague from 1 – 12 November 2021.
  • The application deadline is 24 September 2021.
  • The scholarship application deadline is 11 March 2021.
  • Group discounts are available if you participate with three or more colleagues.
  • Please visit our Covid-19 page for information about the situation in the Netherlands and the safety measures in place during the course.
  • For general inquiries, please contact or call +(31) 70 37 38 695.

Learning Objectives

This course will help you:

  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of local authorities in managing large movements of refugees and migrants;
  • Discuss the linkages between local migration challenges, the national context, and global trends as well as legal and institutional frameworks;
  • Recognise the importance of investing in social cohesion in all aspects of the local response to migration and displacement;
  • Describe different approaches to support local authorities in planning for migration and displacement;
  • Develop approaches to strengthen service delivery in an inclusive manner;

Intended Audience

The course targets policy- and decision-makers at different levels of government, development practitioners, NGOs and researchers who work to implement local policies for refugees and migrants.


Some of the study visits for this course include:

  • Dutch council for refugees: ‘Cooperation between municipalities and NGO’s.
  • Municipality of Rotterdam: ‘Integration Policy’ (to be confirmed).
  • SNTR in Rotterdam: ‘Foundation that makes use of an integrated approach in which Syrian refugees are offered housing, language training and support in finding a job’ (to be confirmed).

Practical Information

The course fee is € 3.595-. This includes all training-related costs, as well as drinks, lunches, training materials and travel during the training programme. Travel to and from The Hague and accommodation are not included. Group discounts are available if you participate with three or more colleagues in this course. Email us for more information. The course language is English.

For questions or more information about this training, please direct your inquiry to or call +31(70) 37 38 695.

Register here. For more information on the website of The Hague Academy, click here.