India-EU Cooperation and Dialogue on Migration and Mobility

BackgroundIndia-EU relations are in their 55th year and both sides enjoy strong diplomatic relations that span across many areas of cooperation: foreign policy, security, trade and economics, sustainable development, research and innovation, as well as migration and mobility. In 2016, at the 13th India-EU Summit in Brussels, leaders endorsed the India-EU Agenda for Action 2020 (a common roadmap to jointly guide and strengthen the partnership) and established the India-EU Common Agenda for Migration and Mobility (CAMM) as a framework for cooperation on migration management. It outlines joint objectives, recommendations and actions to be under-taken on better organized legal migration, preventing and combatting irregular migration and addressing trafficking in human beings, international protection, and development impact of migration and mobility.


India-EU cooperation on migration and mobility is further advanced through the annual High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Mobility (HLDMM).


Objective: The India-EU Cooperation and Dialogue on Migration and Mobility Project aims at operationalizing EU support for better management of mobility and legal migration between the EU and India, as well as to prevent and address the challenges related to irregular migratory flows. It is expected that through the implementation of concrete cooperation in support of political processes like the HLDMM and the CAMM, the project will reinforce the continuity and sustainability of migration and mobility cooperation between the EU and India.

The project will adopt three strategic approaches: improved access to and utilization of quality information and data management to make informed policy decisions and formulations in both directions; promotion of knowledge transfer, capacity building, technical and expert support to ensure the concrete improvement of migration governance systems; and policy development to facilitate the implementation of comprehensive, coherent and feasible measures.

Summary: The support is predicated upon the implementation of a series of capacity building activities that are designed upon the principle of mutual collaboration, facilitation and delivery of policy focused exchanges, peer-to-peer sharing of expertise, and the generation of knowledge-based tools.  


Donors: European Union 

Implemented by: International Labour Organisation (ILO) and International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)

Main partners and stakeholders: The project expects to directly and indirectly engage several stakeholders and partners: government officials and policy makers, representatives of workers’ and employers’ organizations, civil society organisations, EU and Indian migration experts, academics, researchers, diaspora groups in Europe, irregular migrants, students, academia, and members of the media.

Duration: September 2017 – August 2020

Countries: India & EU Member States

COVID update: with the current COVID-19 pandemic episode, international movements are highly disrupted. Applicants are requested to be in touch with the consular section of the relevant EU country to check the likeliness of their future travel plans.

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