UCLG visits Grenoble to reflect on citizenship and migration in the framework of the MC2CM project


In the framework of the MC2CM project, UCLG, the city of Grenoble and IFRI met at the Maison de l’International on 16 January 2020 to reflect on the issue of migration and citizenship. This visit marks the start of the process of developing Grenoble’s migration profile, aimed at strengthening rights-based and evidence-based local governance.

Following Grenoble’s official adhesion to the MC2CM project, UCLG visited the city to jointly explore avenues for local action in the implementation of inclusive policies, city-to-city cooperation and international advocacy. This meeting was an opportunity for the City of Grenoble to present its experience in promoting citizenship.  In this respect, the city has been reflecting on a non-discriminatory “citizenship card” for the past four years. In recent years, the City of Grenoble has also developed new participatory democracy mechanisms for the benefit of foreign residents.

The aim is to introduce an identity card that will enhance the commitment of all citizens and give them access to various services without discrimination. The city is also engaged in political advocacy actions in conjunction with “Association de Villes et Territoires Accueillants” (ANVITA). In addition, the city is preparing a meeting on 18 February next with various actors concerned by migration and asylum in collaboration with the Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI).

The City of Grenoble officially joined the MC2CM project in December to address the issue of the reception of migrants in Mediterranean cities. The entry of other European cities and territories such as Naples, as well as the interest of Dortmund in the project, mark a new stage in the promotion of decentralized cooperation in the field of human mobility in the Mediterranean. 

The next milestones in this line will be the dissemination of a call for tender for the recruitment of an expert to carry out a migration profile of Grenoble and the holding of a peer learning event on the promotion of new forms of inclusive citizenship.

About MC2CM

The “City to City Migration in the Mediterranean” project offers local authorities in the Euro-Mediterranean region the opportunity to exchange practices and participate in learning events focusing on migration governance at the local level.

In recent years, it has addressed areas such as access to employment, housing or basic services, intercultural dialogue and possible actions for the respect of human rights and non-discrimination at the local level.