E-Discussion: Contribute to the EC-UN JMDI Regional Event in Tunis on how to promote M and D partnerships
The topics addressed in this e-discussion tie directly with the theme of the EC-UN JMDI regional conference in Tunis “Promoting government and civil society partnerships in migration and development in North Africa”.
Please note that the e-discussion has now been closed. To read the consolidated reply, please click here.
The objective of this e-discussion is to help shape the debates of the event by capitalizing on the on-going practices and lessons learned from civil society organizations and policymakers, as well as government representatives, local authorities, and International Organizations active in the key areas addressed during the conference. Please access the background paper to this e-discussion here.
Recent findings of the research and activities carried out within EC-UN JMDI have shown that the effectiveness of Migration & Development (M&D) activities largely depends on the identification and establishment of strategic partnerships between the civil society and with governments, at central and decentralized levels. In line with the specific focus of the EC-UN JMDI, the workshop will concentrate on the crucial aspect of partnerships, which need to be forged between governments at central and local levels and migrants, their families and communities to give them a more central place in the analysis and definition of policies.
In this context, civil society organizations, among them diaspora groups, can play an instrumental role in supporting the development of their countries in key areas such as transfer of skills; job creation; reintegration of returnees; labour matching; and local economic development. Hence, the e-discussion aims at providing a platform for a wide range of stakeholders from different regions to further define and develop a common ground on how to fully capitalize on the potential of diasporas involvement in the North African region at this time of crucial change.
The contributions to this e-discussion will be presented at the different break-put sessions of the event in the form of a consolidated reply with a view to form a specific set of recommendations for the European Commission's follow-up of its proposals for reinforced cooperation with Southern Mediterranean countries in the area of migration, and particularly the Dialogue on Migration, Mobility and Security which has started with Morocco and Tunisia.
The e-discussion, which will last four weeks, will be split into the below topics which include a series of questions. Despite the fact that the event focuses on a specific region, we would like to receive contributions from practitioners around the world in order to draw upon a wide range of lessons learned and recommendations.
Please feel free to respond to as many, or few, questions as you like within each topic – there is no requirement to provide responses to all the questions!
Topic 1: How can the skills and contributions of diasporas help foster local development and employment creation in their countries of origin?
1) What makes a successful return and reintegration programme? Can you give specific examples of labour matching mechanisms that have worked to ensure the sustainable reintegration of returning migrants? What is the role of the social partners, the private sector and civil society in this process?
2) What kind of incentives can national and local governments, or other stakeholders, provide so as to promote the transfer of skills from migrants to their communities of origin? Can you provide concrete examples? Which sectors benefit the most from these skills and how do they contribute to the local economic development?
3) Are you aware of diaspora-led initiatives that encourage job creation and enhance employability, in particular of youth? What strategic alliances and partnerships should be put in place to ensure that such initiatives respond to local needs and promote the entrepreneurial activities of migrants and their families?
Topic 2: Maximising the benefits of migration for development is amongst the main priorities of mobility partnerships. What are some of the key factors that need to be considered when developing policies in this field?
1) Can you share examples of initiatives implemented in the framework of mobility partnerships that adopt an inclusive approach, i.e. joint initiatives between national governments, local authorities, civil society organisations and diaspora communities? What is the added value of such partnerships and how can civil society oraganisations and diaspora communities be actively engaged in agenda setting and implementation?
2) What are the opportunities offered by labour mobility agreements and what kind of challenges – or downsides – do they entail for the sending and receiving countries, migrant workers, their families, and civil society organizations involved ?
3) What are key issues that the EC mobility partnerships need to address to better reflect and serve the needs and interests of young people who may wish to migrate?
We warmly encourage members to forward this message to your networks and invite those working in the areas covered by this e-discussion to participate by sending an email to email@example.com or posting response online in the Migration4Development forum. Please note that responses to the e-discussion are not automatically shared but are first directed to the facilitation teams for compilation.
The results of this e-discussion will be presented at the EC-UN JMDI Regional Conference in Tunis at the end of March. Therefore, by participating in this e-discussion you will be helping to shape the debates at the event!
Timeframe: Thursday 23 February to Thursday 22 March