E-consultation: contribute to the EC’s proposals on how to enhance its M and D policy!
E-consultation: Seize the opportunity and contribute to the EC’s proposals on how to enhance its migration and development policy!
The European Commission (EC) has been developing proposals on how to enhance the external dimension of the EU's migration policy ('The EU Global Approach to Migration'), to better meet the policy objectives and interests of the European Union (EU), its partner countries and all migrants concerned. This package of proposals includes a specific focus on the Migration and Development dimension of the EU migration policy. To access the full discussion paper prepared by the EC, click here. As a member of M4D Net, the EC wanted to hear your view on this important piece of policy development!
Moving towards a migrant-centred approach
The proposals argue that the traditional migration and development agenda should be broadened to offer a migrant-centred approach. As such, the EC considers it is important to examine migration and development policy using the following lenses and identifying the benefits which migration brings for each, together with the challenges and possible solutions: individual migrant; migrant’s family/household; countries and local communities of origin; and countries of destination. It aimed at enabling policy makers to enhance the human and social dimension of migration and development policies. A migrant-centred approach can also be strengthened by increasing the involvement of migrant groups, research institutes, media and other non-state actors in both the development and implementation of migration and development policy. Finally, given that the largest movement of migrants occurs between countries located in the global South (so called South-South migration), the contribution of these migrants to the development of their countries of origin should be recognised and supported.
The following areas were addressed during this e-consultation:
Topic 1 - 18th April 2011 - 9th May 2011:
Taking into account the migrant centred approach described above, explain how the various stakeholders i.e. countries of origin, destination, local governments and communities, can best contribute to its implementation?
Topic 2 - 9th May 2011 - 30th May 2011:
How would a more migrant centred approach to migration and development policy impact on the following key policy areas:
- Brain Drain – Can you suggest ways which the EU might assist those countries affected by brain drain? Would the development of circular migration schemes in sectors which are particularly affected by brain drain help ease the issue?
- Migrants’ Rights – From your perspective, how can migrants' rights be best supported and implemented?
- Social consequences of migration: How best can the social consequences of migration be addressed through the EU migration and development policy?
Your contributions have been gathered in the consolidated reply available here.