African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) – European Union (EU) Dialogue on Migration

Type: Inter-Regional Forums on Migration (Regions covered: Africa – Asia -- Americas – Europe)

Formal association with regional or multi-stakeholder organization: African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States; and European Commission

Established 2000

Objectives
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.  To implement these recommendations, on January 2015 the ACP-EU Migration Actionwas launched.  The Action undertakes activities that support the recommendations of the Migration and Development Dialogue on the topics of visa, remittances, readmission, human trafficking and smuggling of migrants. The programme builds on existing initiatives and partnerships to provide support at the national, regional and grass roots levels.  The 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, regional organizations, 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 data, produce information, developpe current analysis and identify good practices related to the mutual strategic interest for the ACP-EU partnership and provide channels of dissemination, with attention to monitoring progress and ensuring that the results achieved informs the ACP-EU Dialogue.

Current Thematic Focus
Specific areas of discussion include:

  • Visa
  • Remittances
  • Readmission
  • Combatting human trafficking
  • Combatting migrant smuggling

Members
Member States [108 States (including 28 EU Member States, 79 ACP States and non-ACP South Sudan 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 49 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific.]

Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Austria
Bahamas
Barbados
Belgium 
Belize
Benin
Botswana
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
  Cook Islands
Côte d'Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Federated States of Micronesia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
Gambia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Jamaica
Kenya
Kiribati
Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Netherlands
Niger
Nigeria
  Niue
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Poland
Portugal
Republic of the Congo
Romania
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
São Tomé and Príncipe
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
Spain
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Tanzania
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tuvalu
Uganda
United Kingdom
Vanuatu
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Chairing Country
Current Chair: Jamaica for ACP and Bulgaria for EC
Past Chairs: Lesotho, Ethiopia

Observers
None

Secretariat
The ACP-EU Migration Dialogue is supported by the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP Secretariat) and the European Commission (EC).
IOM implements the EU-funded ACP-EU Migration Action Programme in support of the ACP-EU Migration Dialogue Secretariat.

Contact Information
ACP Secretariat
451 Avenue Georges Henri
B - 1200 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 743 06 00
Fax: +32 2 735 55 73
E-mail: info@acp.int
http://www.acp.int

ACP EU Migration Action
Rue Montoyer 40
1040 Brussels, Belgium
Tel.: +32 2 287 7000
E-Mail: acpeumigrationaction@iom.int
http://acpeumigrationaction.iom.int

 

Website: http://acpeumigrationaction.iom.int

Meetings
25-26 April, ACP- EU Dialogue on Migration and Development
Seminar on Trafficking in Human Beings – Women and Children
30-31 October 2017, 1st Non-State Actors Forum
May 30 – June 1, 2017, Brussels, ACP- EU Dialogue on Visas & Return, Readmission& Reintegration
May 4-5, 2017, Brussels, 42nd session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers.
March 21-23, 2017, Georgetown, Guyana, Peer-to-peer exchange meeting on Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants.
July 13, 2016, Brussels, Belgium, Seminar on Remittances
May 28-29, 2015, Brussels, Belgium, 40th session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers.
June 19-20, 2014, Nairobi, Kenya 39th session of the ACP - EU Council of Ministers.
July 13, 2016, Brussels, Belgium, ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration and Development Seminar on Remittances.
April 28-29, 2016, 41st session of the ACP-EU Joint Council of Ministers and 103rd session of the ACP Council of Ministers.

Documents
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
Remittances in ACP Countries: Key Challenges and Ways Forward