Type: Inter-regional forum on migration (Regions covered: Europe - Africa)

Formal association with regional or multi-stakeholder organization: Union for the Mediterranean and Western Mediterranean Forum

Established: 2002

Objectives

The Western Mediterranean Forum or 5+5 Dialogue was officially launched in Rome in 1990 as an informal sub-regional forum of like-minded countries, geographically situated on the western rim of the Euro-Mediterranean littoral. The Western Mediterranean Forum includes parliamentary reunions (Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean) and sectoral reunions, with one of the most notable being the 5 + 5 Dialogue on Migration in the Western Mediterranean. 

The 5+5 Dialogue on Migration in the Western Mediterranean has a forward-looking agenda on information exchange, joint management of international borders, agreed forms of labor migration, migration for development, and protection of the rights of migrants.

Current Thematic Focus

  • Combatting human trafficking
  • Irregular migration
  • Labor migration: vocational training, diasporas
  • Migrant integration
  • Migrants' rights and obligations
  • Migration and development
  • Migration and gender
  • Migration and health
  • Data migration
  • Partnership and cooperation on migration
  • Public awareness on migration
  • Regular migration
  • Transit migration

Chairing Country

  • Current Chair: Morocco
  • Incoming Chair: France
  • Past Chair: Mauritania

Secretariat

No official secretariat. The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean facilitates the regional cooperation projects identified within the framework of the Western Mediterranean Forum. In the past, IOM has provided technical and logistical support upon request.

Members

10 Member States

  • Algeria
  • France
  • Italy
  • Libya
  • Malta
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Tunisia
Observers

3 Observer Organizations 

Meetings
Documents
Related links
Contact information

Mr Tarik Sissou
Head of Multilateral Cooperation Division
Ministry in charge of Moroccans living abroad and Migration Affairs within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Tel: 00212537686512
Fax: 00212537682044
E-mail: tariksissou@yahoo.fr; info@mcmre.gov.ma

Website
No dedicated website, but please consult the website of the Western Mediterranean Forum: http://westmediterraneanforum.org