Rich countries should do more for poor says EU Development commissioner

October 7, 2008

The global financial crisis, rising gas prices and climate change means richer countries should do more to help poorer nations, European development commissioner Louis Michel said Monday during the opening ceremony of the new established Centre for Migration and Management, the CIGEM (Centre d’Information et de Gestion des Migrations) in Bamako, Mali.
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EU opens Migration Centre in Mali

September 25, 2008

Next October 6th, the European Union (EU) will open a Centre for Migration in Bamako, the capital of Mali. Refugee organizations strongly criticise this “Centre d’Information et de Gestion de Migrations” (Cigem) even before it has become fully operational. They call it an “outpost watchtower of Fortress Europe”.
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Contribution by Amnesty International

April 17, 2007

Amnesty International EU Office have sent a cotnribution focusing on human rights and calling for human rights concepts to be integrated into all parts of the EU-Africa partnership.

    “The EU – while not without its own challenges in ensuring consistent respect of human rights within its own borders – should place a strong emphasis on the development of an EU-AU Africa strategy on the interlinking aspects of security, development, and human rights.”

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Contribution by the Royal College of Nursing

April 5, 2007

The Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom have submitted a contribution calling for a stronger emphasis on the UN development goals and the empowerment of women. The paper further discusses migration and focuses on how brain drain can be tackled by promoting better health systems and working environments in African countries. Attention is brought to five priority areas for intervention identified by the International Council of Nurses International Summit on the Global Nursing Workforce in May 2005:

  • Macroeconomic and health sector funding policies
  • Workforce policy and planning including regulation
  • Positive practice environments and organisational performance
  • Recruitment and retention, addressing in-country mal-distribution and out-migration
  • Nursing leadership

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Tripoli AU EU Ministerial Conference tackles migration issues

November 20, 2006

Ministers responsible for foreign affairs, migration and development from Africa and European Union member states met in Tripoli Libya from 22- 23 November to address various aspects of migration. Among the issues considered by the ministers were migration and development, migration and management challenges, peace and security, human resources and the brain drain, human rights and the well being of the individual, harnessing the benefits of migration, illegal or irregular migration, and protection of refugees and internally displaced persons.

On financing mechanisms, the ministers recommended that the commitments made by the European Union to support the development efforts of countries of origin or transit be implemented. They also agreed to examine the feasibility of setting up a fund to implement measures set out in their joint declaration.

Follow up to the joint declaration will take place in the context of the joint EU Africa strategy and the joint implementation matrix. A joint ministerial conference should take place every three years.

Migration issues have, over the years, grown in importance in continental and international agendas. Every country has become either a country of origin, transit or destination or a combination of the three. The fundamental causes of migration, as identified by the Tripoli conference are poverty and under development, aggravated by demographic and economic imbalances, unequal terms of global trade, conflicts, environmental factors, poor governance, uneven impact of globalisation and humanitarian disasters. Experts say that in Africa, a growing aspect is the feminisation of migration as women have also started to migrate in search of greater employment and economic opportunities. Migration has also, in many cases, impacted negatively on the countries of origin due to the attendant brain drain.

Since migration is caused by and aggravated by a variety of causes, the Tripoli conference emphasised that the illegal or irregular migration cannot be addressed by security considerations only but should be based on broader development frameworks and on mainstreaming migration in development strategies, within a framework of partnership for development.

The conference also recognised that well managed migration is of benefit to both Africa and the EU and can help in the achievement of the MDGs.

Source: AUC Newsletter, November 2006

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EU-Africa e-alert: Migration and development

November 15, 2006

Discussions between the EU and AU leaders on practical measures to manage migration intensify after a year of widespread international debate on migration and development

Louis Michel visits West Africa
Louis Michel, European Commissioner for development and humanitarian aid, visited Senegal, Guinea Conakry and Mauritania from 25 to 27 October to address development cooperation and migration issues. The link between migration and development aid was the focus of discussions with the Heads of State and Government of the three countries.〈uage=EN&guiLanguage=en

GUINEA: EU assessment of government questioned
With continued human rights abuses, crumbling social services and economic freefall, many Guineans were incredulous after a senior European Union humanitarian official said he was “very favourably impressed” with the governments efforts at reform to win back aid.

Alertnet article on Louis Michel’s visit – EC: “Aid alone will not stem African migration”

Germany and France propose a new EU migration policy
French and German interior ministers proposed a new EU migration policy from the European Union’s six largest countries.

Issue paper: “Towards a common European asylum policy”
In this Issue Paper, Stefano Bertozzi outlines the work which has been done so far to construct a common EU approach towards asylum. This is followed by a critical appraisal of the EU’s common asylum policy and future proposals by Ferruccio Pastore.

4th Conference Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and European Development Research Network (EUDN) on the topic “Migration and development: Mutual benefits?” Paris, 8 November 2006.

The conference aimed at promoting a constructive dialogue between academic research and operational expertise, in order to exchange views on this topic and explore lessons and perspectives for ODA policies.
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Source: EU-Africa e-alert – No. 3 / November 2006

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