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; and European Commission
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.
In 2010 the ACP Observatory on Migration was launched by the ACP Secretariat, the EU and the IOM to support ACP countries’ policymaking efforts through the facilitation of improved and updated information on South-South migration.
The ACP Group of States and the EU held several cycles of dialogues at Ambassador levels, which resulted in sets of recommendations that were subsequently endorsed by the joint ACP-EU Council. To implement these recommendations, on January 2015 the ACP-EU Migration Action was launched. The Action undertakes activities that support the recommendations of the Migration and Development Dialogue on the topics of visa, remittances, readmission, human trafficking and smuggling of migrants. The programme builds on existing initiatives and partnerships to provide support at the national, regional and grass roots levels. The Action is composed of three closely interlinked and mutually reinforcing Components that address different stakeholders to reach a set of specific objectives:
1. Support governments, regional organizations, public institutions and policy processes linked to migration in ACP countries, with a specific focus on the follow-up to the recommendations of the ACP-EU Dialogue, through a mechanism of tailored technical support on demand, to be requested by ACP Governments;
2. Promote concrete action by Non-State Actors (NSAs) in areas of priority for the ACP-EU Dialogue at the local level with the aim of improving the conditions of migrants, their families and origin/host communities, including vulnerable groups linked to the migration process, such as the children left behind by migrants abroad, returnees or communities receiving remittances;
3. Collect data, produce information, developpe current analysis and identify good practices related to the mutual strategic interest for the ACP-EU partnership and provide channels of dissemination, with attention to monitoring progress and ensuring that the results achieved informs the ACP-EU Dialogue.
Current Thematic Focus
Specific areas of discussion include:
- Combatting human trafficking
- Combatting migrant smuggling
Member States [108 States (including 28 EU Member States, 79 ACP States and non-ACP South Sudan 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 49 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific.]
|Antigua and Barbuda|
|Central African Republic|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Federated States of Micronesia|
|Papua New Guinea|
|Republic of the Congo|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|São Tomé and Príncipe|
|Trinidad and Tobago|
Current Chair: Papua New Guinea for ACP and Finland for EC
Past Chairs: Bulgaria, Jamaica, Lesotho, Ethiopia
The ACP-EU Migration Dialogue is supported by the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP Secretariat) and the European Commission (EC).
IOM implements the EU-funded ACP-EU Migration Action Programme in support of the ACP-EU Migration Dialogue Secretariat.
February 19-21, 2019, Accra, Ghana, Regional Thematic Meeting on Remittances
March 12 – 14, 2019, Georgetown, Guyana, Caribbean Regional Thematic Meeting on Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants (Joint Meeting with CMC)
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
April 25-26, 2017, ACP- EU Dialogue on Migration and Development - Seminar on Trafficking in Human Beings – Women and Children
October 30-31, 2017, 1st Non-State Actors Forum
May 30 – June 1, 2017, Brussels, ACP- EU Dialogue on Visas & Return, Readmission& Reintegration
May 4-5, 2017, Brussels, 42nd session of the 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.
July 13, 2016, Brussels, Belgium, Seminar on Remittances
May 28-29, 2015, Brussels, Belgium, 40th session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers.
June 19-20, 2014, Nairobi, Kenya 39th session of the ACP - EU Council of Ministers.
July 13, 2016, Brussels, Belgium, ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration and Development Seminar on Remittances.
April 28-29, 2016, 41st session of the ACP-EU Joint Council of Ministers and 103rd session of the ACP Council of Ministers.
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