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Project News: 6th Budapest Process Ministerial Conference adopts the "Istanbul Commitments"

5 March 2019

Süleyman Soylu, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Michael Spindelegger, Yavuz Selim Kıran


The Budapest Process held its 6th Ministerial Conference on 19-20 February 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. It gathered 46 participating countries, the European Commission, European institutions and 10 regional and international organisations. The event was hosted by Turkey and chaired by H.E. Süleyman Soylu, Turkish Minister of Interior.

20 Ministers as well as the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos, and 15 Deputy Ministers and State Secretaries took part in the conference.

Close to 40 countries adopted the “Istanbul Commitments on the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration” and its action plan “A Call for Action – a five year plan” at the Conference. This political declaration and action plan build upon the achievements of the 2013 Istanbul Ministerial Declaration on a Silk Routes Partnership for Migration while taking into account the migration developments of the past years. 

The Istanbul Commitments introduce five commitments to be upheld in migration management: commitments to partnership, comprehensive migration management, human rights, support and solidarity, and knowledge. The Budapest Process will now focus on the implementation of the five-year action plan.

More information on the Budapest Process can be found here.