A week at the European Parliament on “Migration and Mobility” with experts from North Africa and europe

The Mediterranean Development Initiative Think Tank had the opportunity to meet recently in Brussels with the European Commission Vice President Mr. Margaritis Schinas coordinating among others the Commission’s work on a New Pact on Migration and Asylum.

The MDI team was composed of Tunisian and Libyan experts.

We had a very fruitful exchange with the VP and his team. We are convinced that working together we can revitalize EuroMed agreements along these lines : “stop illegal migration, increase returns for those who cannot stay & protect people at risk of persecution” + legal migration, EU talent pools, competences and education package.

Experts and MDI in front of the European institutions.

As migration in the Mediterranean region is set to increase, driven by income gaps, climate change, and other diverse reasons, the Euro-Mediterranean partners should engage in fair discussions to overcome blockages with a long term vision, while the EU should set up a more integrated policy towards neighbours that would stop working in silos.

Declustering policies will alleviate tensions with the Southern neighbours and make it easier to negotiate a global, comprehensive and mutually beneficial deal, that promote also a safe, orderly, and regular migration, which would help maximize returns for sending and receiving countries.

A good meal to end the day.

A constructive dialogue will help demystifying migration, dispassionate the debate and prompt the governments at all levels (along with NGOs and media) to find efficient ways to inject information into highly polarised and contentious policy debates.

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