Euro-Med Migration II

Contributes to the development of a Euro-Mediterranean area of cooperation on migration and assists Partner countries in their efforts to find solutions to various forms of migration

Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria, Tunisia

Timeframe: 2008-2011

Budget: €5 million

Objectives

 
It aims at strengthening cooperation in the management of migration so as to build up the Mediterranean Partners' capacity to provide an effective, targeted and comprehensive solution to the various forms of migration.
 
It will assist them in creating mechanisms to promote opportunities for legal migration, support for measures to promote the linkage between migration and development and the stepping‑up of activities to stamp out people trafficking and illegal immigration, and to manage mixed flows.

It follows on from Euro-Med Migration I
 

What does it do?
 
The project will set up mechanisms such as working groups, training sessions and "on-the-job study visits" to combat illegal migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region efficiently, in compliance with the fundamental rights recognised by international conventions. It will also make legal migration an instrument for economic, social and cultural development in the EU and ENPI South countries, for example by promoting effective mechanisms for transferring migrants' funds between the EU and Mediterranean Partner Countries. The project will strengthen collaboration with the ENPI South countries on legal economic migration, and improve information available to migrant workers, and their conditions and prospects.
 
It is made up of four  different components covering: legislative convergence in migration law, labour migration, the fight against illegal immigration and the relationship between migration and development.

 

Actions in brief

 

  • Sets up 4 high-level working groups to make proposals on legislative convergence, labour migration, institutional responses and national strategies to combat illegal immigration, and on migrant remittances.
  • Organises 18 training sessions on legislative convergence and institutional reforms, managing legal migration, strengthening border controls and reducing illegal immigration, and migration and development.
  •  Holds 5 study visits to EU countries.
  •  Conducts a study on women and migration in the ENPI South region.
  •  Creates a project website for the Euro-Med Migration community.

http://www.euromed-migration.eu

EU Cooperation with Syria is currently suspended due to the political situation in the country; however, since in principle Syria is eligible for cooperation under the ENPI, activities may be taken up again once the situation improves.

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/EN/foraff/122168.pdf
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