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

                                                    

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

Formal association with regional or multi-stakeholder organization: Asia - European Union Meeting (ASEM)

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.  A single (not repeated) ministerial on migration was held in 2002. ASEM Conference of the Directors General of Immigration and Management of Migratory Flows has been held on a regular basis since March 2003. 
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. 
The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) supports and augments the formal ASEM migration discussions through other conferencing, exchange and web-based activities on ASEM migration themes. 

Current Thematic Focus

  • Border management
  • Combatting human trafficking and protecting victims of human trafficking
  • Irregular migration
  • Labour migration: highly-skilled migration, preventing irregular employment
  • Migration and education
  • Unaccompanied migrant children

Members
Member States (51 States, including 10 ASEAN Member States, 28 EU Member States and 13 other States in Asia)

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

Finland

Portugal

France

Romania

Germany

Russian Federation 

Greece

Singapore

Hungary

Slovakia

India

Slovenia

Indonesia

Spain

Ireland

Sweden

Italy

Switzerland

Japan

Thailand

Kazakhstan

United Kingdom

Korea

Viet Nam

Lao PDR

 

 

Member Organizations (2 organizations)
ASEAN Secretariat
European Union

Chairing Country
Current Coordinators for Asia: Philippines and Pakistan; and
Current Coordinators for Europe: European External Action Service and Bulgaria

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

Meetings
14th ASEM Conference of the Directors General of Immigration on Management of Migratory Flows “Immigration Management Strategies”, 28-29, September, Siem Reap, Cambodia
ASEM Roundtable on Migration Issues, April 1, 2016, Moscow, Russia
13th ASEM Conference of the Directors-General of Immigration and Management of Migratory Flows “Migration Management Strategies”, 5-6 October 2015, Singapore
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
Seventh Interfaith Dialogue of the Asia-Europe Meeting “Harnessing the Benefits and Addressing the Challenges of Migration through Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue” (ASEM-IFD7), 13-14 October 2011, Manila, Philippines
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

Documents
Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM) — A statistical portrait — 2016 edition