Established: 2003


The Mediterranean Transit Migration (MTM) Dialogue is an inter-regional inter-governmental consultative forum of more than 40 Governments of Partner States and 7 international organizations as Partner Agencies, aiming to build common understandings and to jointly develop evidence-based comprehensive and sustainable migration management systems. Its goals are to:

  • Implement capacity-building and operational projects;  
  • Elaborate recommendations, and agree on future steps and build-up spin-off initiatives;
  • Address the issues related to irregular and mixed migration;
  • Address medium and long-term issues related to migration and development; and
  •  Promote cooperation on labour and circular migration. 

Initially focusing on transit migration, the MTM extended its scope over the years to cover the various aspects of irregular and mixed migration, as well as migration and development.

Current Focus

  • Interception and apprehension of irregular migrants;
  • Combating smuggling and trafficking, including the protection of victims;
  • Reception and detention of irregular migrants;
  • Asylum and refugee protection; and
  • Return and readmission.


No permanent chair (chairing depends on activities)


19 non-EU participating countries

  • Algeria
  • Cabo Verde
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Morocco
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Senegal
  • Syria
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey

27 EU Member States

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
Observer States
  • Australia

Partner Organizations (invited to meetings on an ad hoc basis

Past Observer Organizations (invited to meetings on an ad hoc basis)

Partners and Observer Institutions
Related Links
Contact Information

Mr Julien Simon
Regional Coordinator for the Mediterranean
International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
Tel:+356 27 81 55 55
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