African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) – European Union (EU) Dialogue on Migration

African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) – European Union (EU) Dialogue on Migration

Type: Inter-regional forum on migration (regions covered: Africa - Asia - Americas - Europe)

Formal association with regional or multi-stakeholder organization : African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (as of 2020 renamed into "Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States"); and European Commission

Established: 2000

Objectives
The ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration and Development was launched after the 2010 Ouagadougou revision of the provisions of Article 13 on Migration of the Cotonou Agreement of 2000.  In June 2010 the ACP-EU Council released a Joint Declaration on Migration and Development, which identified three pillars for increased cooperation and dialogue: migration and development, legal migration and irregular migration.
The Cotonou Agreement expires in 2020. A new agreement is being discussed between the EC and ACP's successor OACPS. Until the new agreement is concluded, the ACP-EU MD is dormant as of 2020.

The ACP-EU MD was supported by ACP Observatory on Migration in 2010-2014 and the ACP-EU Migration Action in 2014-2019.  The ACP Observatory on migration developed a reference network of migration research institutions and governmental entities dealing with migration in six ACP regions -- West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. It produced data and research on South-South ACP migration flows.  The ACP-EU Migration Action provided technical assistance on the main areas of ACP-EU MD thematic focus.

Current Thematic Focus
Specific areas of discussion include:

  • Visas
  • Remittances
  • Readmission
  • Combatting human trafficking
  • Combatting migrant smuggling

Members
Member States [108 States (including 27 EU Member States, 79 ACP States  with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the "ACP-EC Partnership Agreement" which binds them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific.]

Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Austria
Bahamas
Barbados
Belgium 
Belize
Benin
Botswana
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Cook Islands
Côte d'Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Eswatini
Ethiopia
Federated States of Micronesia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
Gambia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Jamaica
Kenya
Kiribati
Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Netherlands
Niger
Nigeria
Niue
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Poland
Portugal
Republic of the Congo
Romania
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
São Tomé and Príncipe
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
Spain
Sudan
Suriname
Sweden
Tanzania
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tuvalu
Uganda
United Kingdom
Vanuatu
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Note: Founding Members: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros,  Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Cook Islands, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tomé and Prıncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Chairing Country
Current Chair: Seychelles (incoming) for ACP and Germany for EC
Past Chairs: Croatia, The Gambia, Finland, Papua New Guinea, Bulgaria, Jamaica, Lesotho, Ethiopia

Observers
None

Secretariat
The ACP-EU Migration Dialogue is supported by the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (as of 2020 renamed into "Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States") and the European Commission (EC).

Contact Information
OACPS Secretariat
451 Avenue Georges Henri
B - 1200 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 743 06 00
Fax: +32 2 735 55 73
E-mail: info@acp.int
http://www.acp.int

Meetings
6-8 December, 2019, Nairobi, Kenya, 9th ACP Summit
July 11, 2019, Brussels, ACP-EU Migration Action – Final Event
May 23-24, 2019, Brussels, ACP-EU Council of Ministers
April 3-5, 2019, Port Vila, Vanatu, Regional Thematic Meeting on Visas, Regulated Mobility and Ways to Strengthen National Migration Management Policies int eh Pacific Region 
March 12 – 14, 2019, Georgetown, Guyana,  Caribbean Regional Thematic Meeting on Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants (Joint Meeting with CMC)
February 19-21, 2019, Accra, Ghana, Regional Thematic Meeting on Remittances
June 19-20, 2018, ACP- EU Dialogue on Migration and Development - Seminar on Trafficking in Human Beings – Women and Children
May 22-24, 2018, Lusaka, Zambia, Peer-to-peer exchange meeting on Visas
May 30 – June 1, 2017, Brussels, ACP- EU Dialogue on Migration and Development - Seminars on Visas and on Return, Readmission & Reintegration
May 5, 2017, Brussels, ACP-EU Council of Ministers
March 21-23, 2017, Georgetown, Guyana, Peer-to-peer exchange meeting on Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants
October 17-19, 2016, Nairobi, Kenya, Peer-to-peer exchange meeting on Remittances
July 13, 2016, Brussels, Belgium,  ACP- EU Dialogue on Migration and Development – Seminar on Remittances
31 May – 1 June, 2016, Port Moseby, Papua New Guinea, 8th ACP Summit
April 28-29, 2016, ACP-EU Council of Ministers
September 28-29, 2015, Brussels, Belgium, ACP- EU Dialogue on Migration and Development – Seminar on Return and Readmission
May 28-29, 2015, Brussels, Belgium, 40th ACP-EU Council of Ministers
June 19-20, 2014, Nairobi, Kenya, ACP - EU Council of Ministers

Documents
Recommendations of the ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration endorsed in May 2015
Report on Dialogue on Migration
Recommendations of the ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration endorsed in June 2012
ACP EU Joint Declaration on Migration and Development, 2010
Partnership agreement between the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000
Remittances in ACP Countries: Key Challenges and Ways Forward
Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants in ACP Countries: Key Challenges and Ways Forward
Visas in ACP Countries: Key Challenges and Ways Forward
Implementing ACP-EU Cooperation on Migration and Development: Good Practices and Lessons Learned