The Asia – European Union Meeting’s (ASEM) Conference of the Directors General of Immigration and Management of Migratory Flows

Established 2002

Objectives
The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an informal process of dialogue and co-operation bringing together the European Union Member States and the European Commission with 19 Asian countries and the ASEAN Secretariat.  The ASEM dialogue addresses political, economic and cultural issues, with the objective of strengthening the relationship between our two regions, in a spirit of mutual respect and equal partnership. 
Migration has become a topic of discussion in the ASEM context following an ASEM Ministerial Conference on Cooperation for the Management of Migratory Flows between Europe and Asia in April 2002, at the initiative of China, Germany and Spain.  The Conference agreed on a follow-up including an exchange of information on flows of migrants and migration management, cooperation in improving the quality and security of travel documents, fighting forgery of documents, setting up networks of immigration and consular liaison officers and meetings at expert and director-general level.  Additional discussion on migration, particularly on human resource mobility between Asia and Europe, may also enter the agenda of the ASEM Ministers of Employment and Labour Meetings.  A single (not repeated) ministerial on migration was held in 2002.  The Asia-Europe Foundation supports and augments the formal ASEM migration discussions through other conferencing, exchange and web-based activities on ASEM migration themes. 

 

Current Focus

  • highly-skilled migration
  • encouraging skilled migration
  • preventing irregular employment
  • preventing trafficking in persons and protecting victims of human trafficking
  • detection of unaccompanied minors and irregular migrants
  • labour migrants and students

 

Members
(53 members)
Current Coordinators:  for Asia: Myanmar and New Zealand; and for Europe: European External Action Service and Netherlands

 

ASEAN Secretariat

Lao PDR

Australia

Latvia

Austria

Lithuania

Bangladesh

Luxembourg

Belgium

Malaysia

Brunei Darussalam

Malta

Bulgaria

Mongolia

Cambodia

Myanmar

China

Netherlands

Croatia

New Zealand

Cyprus

Norway

Czech Republic

Pakistan

Denmark

Philippines

Estonia

Poland

 

European Union

Portugal

Finland

Romania

France

 

Russian Federation

Germany

Singapore

Greece

Slovakia

Hungary

Slovenia

India

Spain

Indonesia

Sweden

Ireland

Switzerland

Italy

Thailand

Japan

United Kingdom

Kazakhstan

Viet Nam

Observers:
None

 

Secretariat
ASEM Secretariat

 

Contact Information
c/o Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
31 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 119595
T: +65 6874 9718 F: +65 6872 1206
admin@aseminfoboard.org

 

Website:
http://www.aseminfoboard.org

 

Recent Meetings
ASEM Roundtable on Migration Issues, April 1, 2016, Moscow, Russia
13th ASEM Conference of the Directors-General of Immigration and Management of Migratory Flows, 5-6 October 2015, Singapore

 

Previous Meetings
12th ASEM Conference of the Directors-General of Immigration and Management of Migratory Flows, 9-10 October 2013, Tokyo, Japan
11th ASEM Conference of the Directors-General of Immigration and Management of Migratory Flows, 30–31 October 2012, Nicosia, Cyprus
10th ASEM Conference of the Directors-General of Immigration and Management of Migratory Flows, 5-7 September 2011, Mongolia
9th ASEM Conference of the Directors-General of Immigration and Management of Migratory Flows, 21-23 November 2010, Belgium
8th ASEM Conference of the Directors-General of Immigration and Management of Migratory Flows, 1-2 December 2009, Goa, India
7th ASEM Conference of the Directors-General of Immigration and Management of Migratory Flows, 17-18 November 2008, Paris, France
6th ASEM Conference of the Directors-General of Immigration and Management of Migratory Flows, 19-26 November 2007, Seoul, South Korea
5th ASEM Conference of the Directors-General of Immigration and Management of Migratory Flows, 11-12 December 2006, Kuopio, Finland
4th ASEM Conference of the Directors-General of Immigration and Management of Migratory Flows, 05-08 December 2005, Bali, Indonesia
3rd ASEM Conference of the Directors-General of Immigration and Management of Migratory Flows, 25-26 November 2004, The Hague, Netherlands
2nd ASEM Conference of the Directors-General of Immigration and Management of Migratory Flows, 12 November 2004, Beijing, China
1st ASEM Conference of the Directors-General of Immigration and Management of Migratory Flows, 10-12 March 2003, Copenhagen, Denmark
1st ASEM Ministerial Conference on Cooperation for the Management of Migratory Flows between Europe and Asia, 04-05 April 2002, Lanzarote, Spain

Related Links:
http://www.aseminfoboard.org/documents?field_document_type_tid=All&field...

Principal Documents

Declaration of the ASEM Ministerial Conference on Cooperation for the Management of Migratory Flows between Europe and Asia