In 2019, the ACP-EU Migration Action has organized three Regional Thematic Meetings in three ACP regions (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific).
The themes of the Regional Thematic Meetings reflect the areas of cooperation identified within the ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration and Development and the Action’s work in the specific regions. Each region has been matched with a specific subject namely:
Africa: Regional Thematic Meeting on Remittances (Ghana, 19-21 February 2019)
Caribbean: Regional Thematic Meeting on Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants (Guyana, 12-14 March 2019)
Pacific: Regional Thematic Meeting on Visas and Cooperation on Mobility (Vanuatu, 3-5 April 2019).
The meetings have brought together the Action’s national counterparts in each region, representatives from Regional Organizations, International Organizations, Non-State Actors, EU Delegations and IOM regional/national offices.
The meetings have been comprised of a number of plenary and workshop sessions, which have been facilitated by experts in each thematic area and featured presentations by the beneficiaries of the Action, policy makers and migration experts. The meeting included highly participative and break-out sessions for in-depth and more technical discussions on issues arising from the thematic focus.
Each Regional Thematic Meeting informed a Regional Thematic Report on each topic, with the aim of providing an overview of the achievements of the Action in the specific region, through examples and good practices of relevant Action’s activities. These reports are addressed to ACP governments, EU institutions, Regional Actors (such as Regional Organizations), International Organizations and Civil Society. The reports also contain an analysis of the main challenges to be addressed at a regional level, as to further boost the implementation of the recommendations of the Dialogue and to stimulate continued regional cooperation beyond the implementation period of the ACP-EU Migration Action.