The VMC2021 hosted a set of top level panelists and an action-packed agenda. Opening sessions focused on current priorities, such as addressing displacement from Afghanistan and the need to create functioning, sustainable African-European migration partnerships. The subsequent panel discussions explored the realities along the key routes to Europe; crisis management at the external border; the future of the European Union amidst a turbulent geopolitical scene; and final reflections on the road ahead in this highly sensitive area of international relations.
This year’s VMC took on a hybrid format.
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Given the continued challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, including its implications for migration, employment and recovery – and the pre-existing trends it has accelerated – there is fresh urgency for both dialogue and collective action. We at ICMPD recognise that international partnerships are vital to address current and anticipated challenges, and therefore utilised this year’s VMC as a platform to explore cooperation across migration routes.
The VMC2021 featured intensive and wide-ranging discussions exploring challenges, opportunities and strategies for re-imagining, and ultimately strengthening, migration partnerships. Participants shared many different experiences and perspectives – but also common points on what should come next. These are some of the messages we took away on re-imagining migration partnerships:
1 – Migration partnerships are synonymous with foreign policy.
2 – Don’t forget the neighbours of your neighbours.
3 – To engage or not to engage?
4 – Pave the way for public acceptance.
5 – Be a fair and foul weather friend.
6 – Don’t reinvent the wheel.
H.E. Dr Abdullah Abdullah
Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan
Mr Raoul Ueberecken
Director for Home Affairs
Council of the European Union
ICMPD strives to ensure an inclusive working environment and be attentive to gender diversity and plurality of voices represented in our initiatives.
When this is not reflected in our events, it is due to the unavailability of speakers or challenges in identifying suitable profiles in our network.