Socio-Economist, Permanent Mission to the Africa Union to the European Union
All Sessions by Philip Bob Jusu
22 February 2019
EU-Africa migration partnerships: What balance between migration management and economic development?
11:00 - 12:15
The EU has stepped up its cooperation with third countries to manage migration flows in Northern Africa and the Sahel. A number of both short and long-term measures (namely saving lives at sea/in the desert, combatting smugglers, tackling the root causes of migration, and sustainable development, respectively) are being implemented to reduce the number of irregular migrants. Yet, doubts are emerging about the sustainability and appropriateness of the current approach. Do the priorities and needs of the EU align with those of partnership countries? Is migration a top priority for African partner countries, or does it rank below other areas such as FDIs, trade facilitation and development aid? Do the priorities of African governments match with those of their citizens? Would wider access to legal migration pathways or strengthened development cooperation best serve the priorities of the stakeholders involved? Finally, how should funding instruments be framed? These and other issues will be discussed in this interactive session.
This session is organised in the context of the Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM) project.