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Migration Central to Debates at European Development Days 2017 #EDD17

05 June 2017 -- IOM Special Advisor to the Director General, Gervais Appave and Regional Director Eugenio Ambrosi will lead IOM’s extensive participation at this year’s EU flagship development event, the “European Development Days” (EDD) 2017 being held at the Tour & Taxis in Brussels from 06-07 June.


The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, invites you to join us at the European Development Days on 7-8 June 2017

"Maximising the development potential of legal migration and mobility" | Re-thinking EU-Africa cooperation for the benefit of countries of origin and destination, migrants, and employers.

Wednesday, 07 June, 09.30 to 10.45,
Debate D1 Tour & Taxis, Brussels

When properly managed, legal migration has far-reaching potential for migrants, their communities, and countries of origin and destination and should be seen as an integral part of a comprehensive approach to managing migration. The Joint Action Plan agreed by African and European leaders at the Valletta Summit in Malta confirmed the importance of advancing legal mobility opportunities as one of five priority domains. While progress has been made in the other areas, concrete initiatives to meet the increasing needs for labour migration have been limited.

This lab debate, organised by the UN Migration Agency (IOM), will engage European and African stakeholders to discuss challenges and opportunities to facilitate safe and legal migration and mobility, which will deliver development benefits for all.


  • Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels (Moderator), Senior Lecturer in Migration and Politics, University of Kent

  • Eugenio Ambrosi, Regional Director, International Organization for Migration Office for the European Economic Area, the EU and NATO

  • Ajay Kumar Bramdeo, Head of the African Union Permanent Mission to the European Union and the ACP - Brussels Office

  • Laura Corrado, Head of Unit - Legal Migration and  Integration, European Commission - DG for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship

  • International Organisation for Employers (tbc)



 Remittances and Development in the ACP-EU Dialogue: Inclusive remittances for all, through innovation and price reduction

Thursday, 08 June, 13.30 to 14.45
Brainstorming B1, Tour & Taxis, Brussels

Remittances – money migrants send home – play an important role in development as they are a steady, reliable source of investment that helps millions of individuals and households to raise living standards, improve health, education, entrepreneurship and in many instances they can foster financial inclusion. This is especially true for African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, which present some of the highest remittance dependency ratios in the world. Despite multiple efforts and international commitments, challenges still remain. Sending remittances has a high cost and there are many obstacles to access affordable formal remittance channels.

This brainstorming event organised by the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will engage European and ACP stakeholders to develop tangible ideas, as well as focus on practical hands-on solutions and innovation for working towards inclusive remittances for all.


  • Mathieu Jacques, Programme Manager for the ACP-EU Migration Action, International Organization for Migration

  • Tauhid Pasha, Senior Specialist for Labour Mobility and Human Development, International Organization for Migration

  • Mauro Martini, Migration, Remittances and Development Officer, Financing Facility for Remittances, IFAD

  • Leon Isaacs, Joint-Chief Executive Officer, Developing Market Associates



IOM’s Migration Health Programme Coordinator, Poonam Dhavan, will moderate Humana People to People’s debate lab on

Bringing health services to reach migrant mining populations in Southern Africa through multi-stakeholder partnerships

Wednesday, 07 June, 09:30-10:45, Debate D3, Tour & Taxis, Brussels

Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, and the leading cause of death amongst people living with HIV. Furthermore, last year alone around 4.3 million people missed out on access to quality TB care, highlighting the need for better detection, diagnosis and access to treatment. This session will share the viewpoints and experiences of civil society and private sector actors in joining efforts for case detection and treatment of TB with hard-to reach migrant populations, specifically in mining communities in the Southern Africa.



IOM’s EU Office Director, Eugenio Ambrosi, will be on the panel of the Wetlands International project lab on "Water Shocks: Wetlands and human migration in the Sahel"

Wednesday, 07 June, 18:00-19:15, Project S1, Tour & Taxis, Brussels

The Sahel Region is a semi-arid belt extending across Africa for some 5,500 kilometres, with 10 % of its land covered by six major floodplain systems. These wetlands are the main sources of the region’s productivity outside the short wet season. Their degradation, mainly due to ill-informed developments, leads to severe water scarcity and loss of people's livelihoods. This affects the social, economic and political stability of the region and is one of the drivers of out-migration as people are obliged to look elsewhere to seek alternative livelihoods, temporarily or permanently. The EU, as one of the major partners of Africa and donor of development programmess, can play a greater role to ensure that the value of wetlands ecosystems is recognised and addressed in development, climate and disaster risk reduction strategies.



The Senior Policy Advisor to IOM’s Director General, Gervais Appave, will be on the European Parliament’s High Level Panel on "Root causes of migration: New narrative, new purpose and new targets for development funding?"

Thursday, 08 June, 11.00-12.30, Auditorium A1, Tour & Taxis, Brussels

The European Parliament’s High Level Panel will discuss the migration and development nexus which has become highly topical and at times controversial among EU policy makers over the past two years. Panellists will explore the links between migration, displacement and development and how they can be addressed by EU development cooperation. They will discuss the narrative revolving around the “root causes of migration” in the context of SDG 10, which is first and foremost about inequalities but which also contains targets on migration policy. Different views should emerge on whether fighting poverty remains the core objective of development aid and such views will be discussed with the EDD public. Last but not least, the role of Official Development Aid in migration management, migration dialogues and aid conditionality, as well as the so-called migration compacts, will be among the topics discussed, promising a lively debate involving policy makers, stakeholders and experts from Europe, Africa and beyond.



IOM’s Geertrui Lanneau will be on the panel of the debate lab organised by the Joint Migration and Development Initiative and the European External Action Service on

The role of cities in implementing the migration-related targets of the SDGs: Innovative tools and practices for cities to measure and enhance the implementation of SDG 11 and SDG 10 Target 7 at the local level

Thursday, 08 June, 15:15-16:30, Project S2, Tour & Taxis, Brussels

In a global context of increasing human mobility, urbanisation and decentralisation, cities increasingly find themselves at the forefront of managing the positive and negative impacts of migration and displacement. The partner organisations propose to share their innovative tools and approaches to enhance cities’ resilience in the face of the challenges that migration and displacement bring. Such approaches include efforts to foster effective partnerships with civil society and other local actors, empower vulnerable women and youth, and enhance employability and migrants’ investment for local development.




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For further information, please contact Jennifer Hollings, Email:, Tel. +32 2 287 7114 or Melissa Julian, Email: Tel: +32 (0)473 28 11 65, or Ryan Schroeder, Email:, Tel. +32 2 287 7116 at IOM’s EU Regional Office in Brussels.