Paris was the site of the latest meeting of the Euro-African Dialogue on Migration and Development, the Rabat Process, and was chaired by France and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
This meeting addressed the theme of migration in a crisis context in the Euro-African scenario, particularly in the Rabat Process zone. This process, now in its third phase, “the Dakar Strategy”, promotes the implementation of practical and operational initiatives for providing a framework for consultation and coordination, confronting the challenges linked to migration, and fostering opportunities for exchanges and development.
This European Union project is being implemented by a consortium of organizations made up of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP).
In this context, the objective of the meeting was an exchange of experiences and capacities for better management of migratory flows, and the identification of forms of cooperation for responding in a coordinated fashion to the needs of refugees, displaced persons and countries affected by this crisis.
Among other issues, the role of States was analyzed, particularly in the implementation of reception and temporary protection systems for displaced persons, and long-term solutions, such as managing their return to their countries of origin. Likewise, the importance of the contribution of diasporas as a development actor in times of crisis and post-crisis and the organization of their actions with those of States was addressed.
The meeting was organized on a participative basis and included presentations by experts and working groups and on the experience of organizations such as the European Commission (EC), ECOWAS, the Economic Community of Central African States (ECOCAS), theOffice of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (OIM) and the International Solidarity on Migration Organizations Forum (FORIM), and countries such as France, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, among others.