Resilience in Local Governance (RESLOG) is a Project, started in 2018, that aims to strengthen the capacity of local government systems by increasing resilience in accordance with the principles of peacefulness and inclusiveness in Turkey and Lebanon, two countries seriously affected by the Syrian Crisis.

Resilience for Migration: Municipal services being durable, prepared and prudent against current or future effects of migration

The main goals of RESLOG are:

  • To strengthen inter-municipal learning and support structures through regional associations
  • To improve holistic planning and governance at municipal level
  • Improve national migration policies to reflect local realities and needs

Resilience in Local Governance (RESLOG) Project is carried out by the Swedish Local Authorities and Regions Association (SALAR), through its affiliate SKL-International. LEARN MORE >


The RESLOG Project in Turkey aims to strengthen the resiliance of local governance in the face of migration through supporting local governance to provide inclusive services both to citizens and immigrants; providing contribution to improvement of migration policies in Turkey as well as strategic capacity and dialogue progress to strengthen the resilience of local governance. RESLOG Turkey supports developing a migration policy at the national level which meets with local reality and needs. LEARN MORE >


The RESLOG Project in Lebanon aims to promote good governance, resilience and active citizenship in Akkar, by strengthening local authorities’ capacities, advocating for national dialogues and engaging different community groups in decision making through area based approach. LEARN MORE >

The Syria crisis and impact on Turkey and Lebanon

Since the start of the Syria crisis in 2011, over half a million have been killed, tens of thousands forcefully disappeared, much of Syria’s infrastructure and service facilities destroyed, and the humanitarian situation continues to be urgent. More than half of Syria’s population has fled their homes and around 13.1 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria. Around 5.5 million Syrians have left the country to seek refuge in neighbouring countries and in other continents. According to the UN, around 5 million Syrian refugees are in just five countries – Turkey (over three million), Lebanon (over one million), Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.

The Syria crisis in Turkey

Turkey has an unprecedented number of migrants, including Syrians, residing in its cities, some temporary others most certainly permanently. Most analysts also see that it is unlikely that Syrians will remain where they are registered, if there are no or limited job opportunities, or little chances to improve their quality of life. Instead they will, together with other groups of migrants, resettle within the country seeking for jobs, education opportunities, better living conditions, kinship, higher acceptability (inclusiveness) among local communities, etc. LEARN MORE >

The Syria crisis in Lebanon

Lebanon’s economy has been slowed by the Syrian conflict, with significant decline in tourism, interruption in trade due to border closure, and rising unemployment. Municipal services and infrastructure has been critically affected and the large influx of refugees places considera­ble strain on host communities, and pressure Lebanon’s already pre-existing political, institutional, social, economic and demographic fragility. LEARN MORE >