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IOM Recommendations to the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union

"Joint efforts are crucial to protect the safety, dignity and human rights of all migrants, govern migration effectively and humanely, and help realize the development potential of migration for home and host societies alike."

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IOM Recommendations to the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union

"The aim must be to make migration work for human development at both origin and destination and promote alternatives for those who face life-threatening journeys and lack of development options.”

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IOM recommendations to the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union

"IOM wishes to highlight the importance of harnessing the positive impacts of migration for economic, social and human development and of ensuring due attention to the links between human mobility, environmental and climate change."
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Elements for an EU Agenda on Migration

IOM addresses three key areas for the proposed European Agenda on Migration: reinforcing partnerships with third countries; addressing South-South migration and diaspora; and engaging employers in migration and integration.

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IOM Contribution to the DG Home Consultations

"The Future of Home Affairs Policies"
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IOM Contribution to the EU Task Force Mediterranean

"Complex Flows and Migrant Rights in the Central Mediterranean"
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New IOM and EU Cooperation Booklet Released with Focus on the Valletta Summit Priorities and Implementation

New IOM and EU Cooperation Booklet Released, Focuses on Valletta Summit Priorities and Implementation

07 Feb 2017 -- IOM has published the second edition of its yearly report showcasing cooperation with the EU on migration and mobility. The new report captures the main features and tangible results of the IOM-EU partnership from 2015 to 2016 through the lens of joint efforts in implementing the Valletta agreement, as well as IOM’s work funded by the EU Trust Fund for Africa.

IOM-EU Cooperation on Migration and Mobility: Addressing the Valletta Summit Priorities Together” examines how IOM and the EU are working together across the five priority domains agreed at the Valletta Summit in 2015: development benefits of migration and addressing root causes; legal migration and mobility, protection and asylum; prevention of and fight against irregular migration, migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings; and return, readmission and reintegration. 

IOM and the EU work closely in strategic cooperation to promote a holistic, coherent and humane approach to migration governance, development, humanitarian responses and human rights issues. 

Our work builds on the shared view that well-managed migration can equally benefit migrants, states and societies worldwide.

The publication is part of IOM’s ongoing Partnerships in Action series. Read the first edition here:

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Migration and mobility are among the top policy priorities in the European Union (EU) for both Member States and the governing institutions of the EU (Council, Commission and Parliament). The ongoing economic crisis and political upheavals in the European Neighborhood have increased their prominence.

The activities carried out by RO Brussels go towards supporting the EU 2020 Strategy and the Post-Stockholm Strategic Guidelines for Justice and Home Affairs, assisting the European Institutions to ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, promoting international cooperation on migration issues, and providing humanitarian assistance to migrants and internally displaced people in emergency situations.

IOM fully supports the EU's overarching strategic framework, the Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM), and its four pillars: Organizing and facilitating legal migration and mobility; Preventing and reducing irregular migration and trafficking in human beings; Promoting international protection and enhancing the external dimension of asylum policy; and Maximizing the development impact of migration.

IOM and RO Brussels actively contribute to EU policy debates on migration through participation in consultations and debates held by the European Commission and Parliament, and by providing its input to EU Council Presidencies and committees. RO Brussels has contributed to consultations on, among others, the EU’s financial framework, the Global Approach to Migration, the EU’s agenda concerning migration and mobility for development, and the European Agenda for Migration, which IOM has welcomed as an initial response introducing comprehensive measures to promote well-managed migration that addresses the challenges and maximizes the opportunities that migration brings.

IOM also works to support EU dialogue with third countries on migration issues.

IOM Director General William Lacy Swing spoke on the panel “Home Affairs: A vision for the future” at the high-level conference on the future of Home Affairs organized and hosted by DG Home in Brussels on 29-20 Jan 2014.  Director General Swing's full remarks are available for download >> HERE.

For more information and outcomes from the High-level conference on the future of home affairs, please visit the dedicated page at DG Home's website >> HERE

As an indication of the level of cooperation and partnership IOM holds with the institutions of the EU, Strategic Cooperation Framework was signed between IOM, three European Commission services (DG Home, DG DEVCO, DG ECHO) and the European External Action Service (EEAS) in June 2012. This enhanced collaboration on migration, development, humanitarian response, and human rights issues builds on pre-existing cooperation based on a shared interest in bringing the benefits of well managed international migration to migrants and society. The new agreement also serves as a basis to consolidate, further develop and structure EU-IOM cooperation on migraton issues. The Strategic Cooperation follows on the Framework Agreement IOM signed with the EU in November 2011 to streamline contractual and administrative matters.

On 3 May 2013, the European Commission (DG HOME, DG DEVCO and DG ECHO), the European External Action Service and IOM held the first annual Senior Officials Meeting within the framework of the EU-IOM Strategic Cooperation.

IOM-EU senior officials meeting 05/2013

 EU-IOM Senior Officials Meeting, 03 May 2013   

On 1 October 2014, IOM and the European Commission (DG HOME, DG DEVCO and DG ECHO), and the European External Action Service held their second annual Senior Officials Meeting within the framework of the EU-IOM Strategic Cooperation.

 
EU-IOM Senior Officials Meeting, 01 October 2014   

On February 16, 2016, IOM and the EU held their third annual Senior Officials Meeting in which the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) participated for the first time and became a formal member of the strategic cooperation framework.

 

EU-IOM Senior Officials Meeting, 16 February 2016

In addition, four Heads of Unit/Division meetings have taken place since 2013.  The most recent Heads of Unit/Division meeting was held on 09 December 2015 in Brussels.