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 info@thehagueacademy.com 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.


Experts who have contributed to the course in the past are:

Dr Özge Bilgili
Assistant professor at Utrecht University

Dr Özge Bilgili is an expert on immigrant integration, transnationalism and development research and policy analysis in relevant areas. She is the chair of Dutch Association for Migration Research (DAMR) and Thomas J. Alexander fellow at the Education and Skills Department of the OECD. She is also regularly involved in commissioned research for country governments and international organizations including IOM and UNHCR.

Bastien Revel
Consultant UNDP
Bastien has over 13 years of experience working on peacebuilding and governance with various international organisations and NGOs. For the past seven years, he has worked in Lebanon and Turkey on the response to the Syrian refugee crisis, focusing on social cohesion, livelihoods, municipal support and overall resilience. He served as inter-agency sector lead for livelihoods and social cohesion for UNDP Lebanon and is now supporting UNDP Turkey on policy analysis and strategy development. He is the author of the joint UNDP-Atlantic Council report “Turkey’s Refugee Resilience”, looking at the socio-economic inclusion of refugees in Turkey. He has also worked on anti-corruption campaigning, natural resource governance, municipal governance, democratisation and human rights in Kosovo and North Macedonia.

Gaya Blom
Programme Manager at The Hague Academy 

Gaya Blom has broad experience in capacity development and project management in the field of peacebuilding and migration. She has facilitated trainings on various topics like conflict resolution and communication. She worked for several Dutch NGO’s enhancing the integration of refugees. She also worked for GIZ and the UNHCR in Rwanda where she was implementing community-based protection & peacebuilding programs to enhance social cohesion among refugees and the host community.


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 info@thehagueacademy.com or call +31(70) 37 38 695.

Funding Opportunities

Participants to our courses are predominantly funded by their own employer (municipalities, ministries, NGOs, and training or research institutes) or by a donor or development agencies. If you are looking for additional funding opportunities, there are a few organisations you could approach. Learn more

Nuffic Scholarships

The Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic) offers scholarships for training courses in the Netherlands. These scholarships seek to develop and strengthen the skills, instincts, and abilities of professionals to enable their organisations and communities to succeed in an ever-changing world.

Please note that the scholarship application deadline for this course is 11 March 2021. For more information regarding deadlines, eligibility and application procedures, please visit our Scholarships page

Application Procedure

The Migration and Local Authorities course will take place in The Hague from 1 – 12 November 2021. The application deadline is 24 September 2021.


After submitting your completed application, you will receive a confirmation of your course registration and an invoice. The payment deadline is 4-weeks prior to the start of the training course.

Payments can be made by bank transfer or by PayPal request. We offer the option of paying in one or two instalments. An advance payment of 50% secures reservation of a seat on the training until the payment deadline. Your participation in the course is guaranteed only after receipt of full payment before the 4-week deadline.

If no payment is received before that deadline, then your registration will automatically be cancelled. Please note that The Hague Academy accepts registrations on a first-paid, first-served policy.

Visa Applications

Some countries require a visa to enter the Netherlands. Please check with The Netherlands or the embassy for the visa requirements related to your country. Because of the length of time needed for the visa procedure, we advise you to start this process as soon as possible. Once your payment for the course is confirmed, The Hague Academy will send you an acceptance letter which will assist you in arranging your visa to The Netherlands.


Under certain circumstances, participants may need to cancel their attendance in the course. For cancellations before the payment deadline, there are no costs involved. Payments made before the deadline will be reimbursed. An administration fee of €150 will be charged.

We strongly encourage you to start with the visa application procedure at least six weeks before the start of the training programme in order to prevent late cancellation.

A cancellation fee of 50% of the course fee will be charged for participants cancelling between four and two weeks prior to the start of the training. If you cancel your participation within the two-week period before the start of the course, then you will be required to pay 80% of the course fee.

It is always possible to nominate a suitably qualified candidate to replace you without extra charge, in the event that you cannot attend the course.

The Hague Academy for Local Governance reserves the right to cancel a course if the number of participants is insufficient or due to any other unforeseen circumstances. In this case, your payment will be 100% reimbursed. Other costs such as transportation or hotel cannot be reimbursed.

Contact Information

For questions about this course and the application process, or to inquire about our tailor-made courses on this topic, please contact us by email at info@thehagueacademy.com, or call +31-70-3738695.