PRESS RELEASE

Brussels, June 14th 2016

African Diaspora Network in Europe (ADNE) and the ACP Group address Win-win solutions for Migration

The European Development Days – the EU’s flagship development and cooperation conference – turns 10 this year! Over the years, 100 world leaders and 42,000 participants from 154 countries have passed through its doors. This year’s Edition boasts an impressive 120 sessions and 64 stands in the EDD Global Village.

ADNE and ACP have joined forces to host a lab session entitled “A win-win solutions for Migration: How to leverage the benefits of Migration for Development.

Migration is increasingly becoming a key element of development cooperation. Following the Valletta Summit there is a need to create a coherent comprehensive and effective policy for the common good of Europeans, Africans and Diasporas.  Recognizing the positive effects of migration in both sending and receiving states, cooperation is needed now more than ever to avoid effects of poorly managed migration. The migration debate would not be realistic if it missed the inputs from diaspora. The diaspora is force that is internal and external, with the continued connection to the sending states through remittances and knowledge transfer.  Besides the positive aspect, it is also urgent to tackle the issue from the root causes of migration. Recently debates have hinged on the “push and pull” factors.

The Lab Session will highlight the important contribution of the diaspora in the positive evolution of the world. It will enable exchange of best practices in terms of integration policies and the management of Migration. Part of the debate will bring to light the best ways to fight against the root causes of forced migration

The Lab session will be enhanced by High level attendance from international organizations (IOM) ACP, EU, African embassies, diaspora (ADNE), civil society, academia, think-tanks, private sector, and the media.

“Looking at migration through a prism of a threat from the South to the North is denying the History of Humanity. In Europe, Diaspora workers achieve a critical role in the society and economy and they contribute strongly to their countries of origin.  Win-Win solutions exist- it is very important that the European Union, African Union, Governments, Development Institutions and Diaspora take the opportunity and use the benefits of Migration at their best advantages.”  Marie Chantal Uwitonze, President of the African Diaspora Network in Europe

At the recent 8th Summit of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Heads of State and Government, ACP leaders recognized the link between migration and development, as well as the significant contribution of ACP diaspora to the development of ACP countries. The Summit reiterated the ACP Group’s commitment to seeking innovative approaches to addressing the multidimensional aspects of migration, as well as supporting international dialogue aimed at making migration - that is, north-south, south-south and circular - a development asset.” H.E Patrick Ignatius Gomes, Secretary General of the ACP Group.