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Project News: Academia Conference II on inclusive migration governance in North Africa, in Tunis

25 July 2019

The Academia Conference II entitled “Towards an Inclusive Migration Governance in North Africa” took place 23-24 July in Tunis. The event was co-organised by ICMPD together with the EU Delegation to Libya and the Libyan Government of National Accord’s National Team for Border Security and Management.

The conference created an opportunity to discuss regional dynamics of migration and further develop a sustainable and rational understanding. The event gathered around 80 participants, including African and European researchers and experts, representatives of institutions embassies, international and non-governmental organisations, as well as from the private sector. All participants are working on different aspects in the field of migration in Africa with a particular interest in migration knowledge production and dissemination.

The conference was organised in the framework of the ICMPD projects “Strategic and institutional management of migration in Libya” (Libya Project) and “Evidence-driven Migration Governance Policy and Practice in North Africa (eMGPP)”. The Libya Project aims to support not only the  the Government Institutions but alsothe Libyan academics and researchers  who contribute to the development for effective migration governance, geared towards improving the management of migration flows and the living conditions of migrants in Libya. The eMGPP project aims to generate, operationalise and disseminate knowledge, research and evidence to inform and strengthen migration policy in North Africa.

The objective of this conference was to debate the state of play of research on migration issues in North Africa, while keeping a particular interest on Libya, Saharan Africa and Europe, given their roles in the configuration of migration flows in the region, as the main migrant origin - transit - and destination areas. The conference confronted different points of view from various disciplines of research and practice. Thus, knowledge was shared, developments described and contexts analysed in relation to the developments at global and regional levels.

The two days of exchange were vividly touching upon a variety of topics such as labour migration, border management, protection of migrants and refugees, regional integration and smuggling of migrants. It was highlighted that migration is not a problem per se but its governance and the context in which it takes place could be problematic. Migration challenges in Libya today were linked to the prevailing political situation. ICMPD is supporting initiatives that promote research to guide policy makers in understanding challenges and seizing opportunities. Subsequently, the conference was also meant to be a laboratory of ideas to inspire and guide future reflection and research in North Africa, especially with the eminent launch of the North AfricA Migration Academic Network (NAMAN).