The College of Europe Development Office organised on 20 September 2021 an online briefing on the European Commission’s New Pact on Migration and Asylum for a group of officials from the Arab League Secretariat and Arab League Member States.
The event took place in English and Arabic in the framework of the EU-funded project called El-Hiwar II (which stands for dialogue in Arabic) following a request from the Arab League Secretariat.
A representative from EC DG HOME detailed the main external dimensions of the proposed pact which was presented by the EC a year ago, and then exchanged with guests.
Representatives from 13 Arab League Member States participated in this event.
Exchanges touched upon matters such as the integration of refugees and migrants, border management and fight against migrant smuggling, enhancement of legal migration pathways, voluntary return, support to partner countries hosting large communities of migrants and refugees, etc.
Arab League representatives recalled that the Arab region has an important status on the migration map as it includes countries of origin, of transit and of destination of large migration flows. As such, the Secretariat of the Arab League indicated that there is great interest in building and deepening relations with the EU on the migration theme.
El-Hiwar II: Training and Information Course on Euro-Arab Diplomacy, is a project funded by DG NEAR and implemented by the College of Europe. It is conceived as a dialogue tool for the EU and the LAS to support strengthened work relations and to learn about each other's functioning, mechanisms and policies.
This project is funded by the European Union