African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) – European Union (EU) Dialogue on Migration
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. In order to implement such recommendations, on January 2015 the ACP-EU Migration Action was launched. The ACP-EU Migration Action implements activities to promote these set of recommendations [visa, remittances, readmission, human trafficking] and builds on existing initiatives, partnerships and good practices. The ACP-EU Migration 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, 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 information and good practices related to the mutual strategic interest for the ACP-EU partnership and provide channels of dissemination, with a particular attention to monitoring progress and ensuring that the results achieved informs the ACP-EU Dialogue.
- Human trafficking
- Migrant smuggling
(107 participating state (28 EU Member States + 79 ACP States 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 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific.)
Current Chair: Ethiopia
|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|
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
The ACP-EU Migration Action is supported by the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP Secretariat) and the European Commission (EC).
IOM implements the ACP-EU Migration Action.
42nd session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers, 4-5 May 2017, Brussels
Peer-to-peer exchange meeting on Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants, March 21 – 23, 2017, Georgetown, Guyana
40th session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers, 28-29 May 2015, Brussels, Belgium
39th session of the ACP - EU Council of Ministers, 19 - 20 June 2014, Nairobi, Kenya
ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration and Development Seminar On Remittances, 13 July 2016, Brussels
41st session of the ACP-EU Joint Council of Ministers and 103rd session of the ACP Council of Ministers, 28-29 April 2016
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