Online Event

Labour migration: African perspectives on cooperation

07 Oct 2020

The European Policy Centre, in the framework of the Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM), is hosting this Online Policy Dialogue on labour migration. This discussion is the first of a three-part series exploring future EU-Africa cooperation.

This EPC and MEDAM online event is the first of a three-part series exploring future EU-Africa cooperation.

EU-Africa cooperation on migration is at a crossroads. With the EU-AU Summit postponed until 2021, this autumn provides a singular moment to reflect more deeply on the future partnership. The European Commission’s proposed New Pact on Migration and Asylum puts a major focus on cooperation with third countries and will significantly impact relations on migration. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic poses an additional challenge to paving a new way forward. This event series will unpack what the latest developments mean for future cooperation between the EU and the African continent, focusing on labour migration (October 7), return and readmission (October 21) and resettlement (November 4).

Despite constituting the vast majority of migration from Africa to Europe, regular migration channels receive little attention. Further developing labour migration pathways is a critical part of achieving holistic, balanced and effective cooperation between the two continents. This event will discuss the prospects for greater cooperation, including in the context of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. What priority actions can the EU and member states take on in the coming months and years? What do African states expect from Europe as regards labour mobility, and what does the new COVID-19 landscape mean for labour migration between Africa and Europe?


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