The FMM West Africa Project supports the implementation of the Valletta Action Plan in West AfricaRSS - Press Release
ACCRA, 9 February- In 2015, about 1 million migrants arrived in Europe, with more than 2000 migrants losing their lives in the process. West African migrants featured in the top 5 countries of origin, which crossed the Mediterranean to arrive in Europe.
The ECOWAS Commission concerned about the successive tragedies of West African migrants in the Sahara Desert and Mediterranean, and determined to effectively address irregular migration in an integrated and balanced manner, adopted a Common Position on Irregular Migration, in Nouakchott, Mauritania, on 8 October 2015, at the Migration Dialogue for West Africa (MIDWA).
The ECOWAS Common Position on Irregular Migration paved the way for ECOWAS’ contribution to the Valletta Summit on Migration, which took place on 11-12 November 2015, and gathered the European Union (EU), EU Member States, African governments, regional economic communities, and other partners, to develop common solutions for the sharp rise in refugee flows, asylum seekers and irregular migrants to Europe, and the human suffering which has accompanied these flows. The Valletta Summit agreed on an Action Plan to enhance the management of migration flows in all their aspects. This Action Plan is built around five priority areas, namely Development benefits of migration and addressing root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement; legal migration and mobility; protection and asylum; prevention of and fight against irregular migration, migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings; and return, readmission and reintegration. The implementation of the Action Plan will be supported by the “EU Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa”, as well as relevant financial instruments of the EU, its Member States and associated countries.
From 9-11 February 2016, a meeting on the implementation of the Valletta Action Plan by ECOWAS Member States and Mauritania will take place at the Ramada Resort in Accra, Ghana. The Meeting will deliberate on initiatives for the implementation of the Valletta Action Plan by ECOWAS Member States, and serve to enhance migration stakeholder coordination and information sharing in the region. The first two days of the meeting will be dedicated to discussing initiatives that fall within the five areas of the Valletta Action Plan, and gather the ECOWAS Member States, ECOWAS Commission, civil society organisations and key partners. While the third day of the meeting will focus on the ECOWAS Commission’s migration priorities, opportunities to support these priorities using all existing instruments, including the newly established EU Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa. The initiatives for the implementation of the Valletta Action Plan by ECOWAS Member States, which were developed during the first two days of the meeting will also be presented to Development Partners, key International Organisations and donors.
The Meeting on the Implementation of the Valletta Action Plan by ECOWAS Member States is organised by the ECOWAS Commission with the assistance of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) within the framework of the “Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa” (FMM West Africa) Project, which is jointly funded by the EU and ECOWAS.
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR MIGRATION POLICY DEVELOPMENT
The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) has been a facilitator of EU-Africa dialogue and cooperation on migration and mobility. It will implement support projects ensuring the follow-up on the outcomes of the Valletta Summit.
The International Centre for Migration Policy Development is a key player in the migration field. The organisation has 15 member states, including Portugal since 2002, and carries out activities throughout the world, also in Sub-Saharan Africa. Besides its mission in Brussels, ICMPD has project offices in 7 countries, including in Nigeria and Tunisia.
Founded in 1993, ICMPD served as a support mechanism for informal consultations and to provide expertise in multilateral cooperation on migration. The principles of partnership and balancing of interests are the foundation of the organisation.
More information about ICMPD’s work: www.icmpd.org/our-work/
THE FMM WEST AFRICA PROJECT
The FMM West Africa project is jointly funded by the European Union (EU) and the ECOWAS Commission, and has a 26-million-euro budget and a five-year timeline. The project is driven by the ECOWAS Commission and implemented jointly by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). More information on the project is available on the project website: www.fmmwestafrica.com.
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