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Focus on Migration: Moving backward, moving forward?Great Insights Magazine - Volume 7, Issue 1. Winter 2018.

Focus on Migration: Moving backward, moving forward? – Editorial
Anna Knoll, Head of Migration Programme and Noemi Cascone, Junior Policy Officer, ECDPM

The migration situation has monopolized the agenda of European leaders during past years. The EU’s external policies have been focusing on addressing the ‘root causes’ of migration, and utilising the EU toolbox to establish partnerships on border governance, management of migration, security, and development.


Policy frameworks and processes


Migration and development: A virtuous circle
Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration
Migration is an overwhelmingly positive story, with significant social, economic, and cultural benefits for all involved. The global compact for safe, orderly, and regular migration is a unique opportunity to remove barriers that are hindering the development contribution of migration.

The AU-EU Summit, migration, mobility and youth
Birgitte Markussen, Director and Deputy Managing Director for Africa, European External Action Service, Brussels

The way migration and mobility will be managed politically and accommodated economically will be a defining factor for the future of Africa and of Europe. This article looks at the AU-EU Summit held in November 2017.

Forced displacement and mixed migration challenges in the IGAD region
Caroline Njuki, Senior Programme Coordinator and Woldamlak Abera, Forced Displacement Officer, IGAD
This article looks at the dynamics and trends of forced displacement and mixed
migration from a practitioners’ point of view at the IGAD level. It highlights key focus areas and issues in the region.

Regional governance regimes to foster labour mobility and development
Christopher Changwe Nshimbi, Deputy Director DST/NRF, University of Pretoria

Most international migration in Africa is intracontinental, essentially occurring between proximate states in the same regional bloc. It is mixed, but semi-skilled and unskilled labour migration, and mobility involving informal cross-border traders and service providers merit special attention.

Migration is not an emergency
Elly Schlein, MEP and the European Parliament’s Committee on Development (DEVE)

Migration is becoming central in EU development policy. A host of measures have been announced and instruments set up to use development funds to address migration’s ‘root causes’. These bring the risk of an EU development cooperation increasingly driven by short-term and EU-centric political needs. What we need, instead, is an EU migration policy aligned with the historic commitments of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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