A space for the exchange of co-development practices promoting migrants as citizens and actors of      development here and there.

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Migrations and development: Which articulation between the European policies and the civil society's practices?

International migration is now a major concern for the European Union and a central theme in contemporary European policy as it is intrinsically linked to the considerable challenges which Europe faces in the context of a globalised economy.

The positioning of European institutions on the axis migration - development

In this context the theme of migration and development occupies an increasingly cross-cutting and complex position in the EU political agenda. Priority is given to supporting the facilitation of fund remittance policies by migrants and Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) with special emphasis on the integration of policies such as those related to health, education, human resources, etc. in support of economic and social development strategies.

Moreover, the European Commission proposes to work in order to promote and support initiatives taken by migrant groups and diaspora organisations to be associated with EU initiatives in relation to their country or region of origin. This includes supporting diaspora and encouraging those initiatives which enable migrants to benefit from advice on business management, microcredit and support for entrepreneurship in their country of origin.

The European Commission, in its working plan “Policy Coherence for 2010-2013” which accompanies the EU action plan in 12 points in support of the Millennium Development Goals, it has made migration, food security and climate change priority areas for action. In terms of migration and development work objectives concern the remittance of funds by migrants, brain drain and dialogue with diasporas and migrants’ organisations.

The contribution of the civil society on the migration - development nexus

Formation à l'éducation au co-développement, France, juillet 2009The multilateral projects promoted by the civil society in the frame of the migration-development nexus are more and more seen as important to build a new space of dialogue between European and third countries.

The role of “facilitators” that the migrants can play, is a significant contribution for development as well as for the partnerships between countries of residence and origin countries. Whether we speak about contributions to financial flows, human, social or intercultural, the action of the Diasporas as actor and stakeholder is an essential driving force of the implementation of co-development actions. This contribution has to be more visible at the European level. In this context, the dynamics of migrant integration in European host societies play a fundamental role in the creation of cohesive social environments that can prepare the ground for sustainable co-development.

The European political agenda needs a revision of the discourse on the migrations-development nexus with a question at the heart of the lobbying work engaged by numerous actors of the civil society in the North and in the South: the question of the migrant’s rights, their role as a valuable resource and an asset.

A seminar which aims to promote and spread good practices on the migrations - development nexus

Since 2008, the Eunomad network implements, with funding from the European Commission, the project “Development of the Eunomad Network (European Network on Migrations and Development) and strengthening its capacity to develop best practices and participate in the policy dialogue on migrations and development”. This project aims, amongst other things, to strengthen the dialogue between public institutions and civil society stakeholders and to improve the coherence of policies, strategies and practices implemented by migrations and development stakeholders.

The Eunomad seminar "Migrations and development: Which articulation between the European policies and the civil society's practices?", held on November 29th, 2010 in Brussels, is part of this perspective and proposes to make the network visible and to allow time for collaboration between the network members and European institutions.

Two particular highlights are organized, through the following issues:
- How to link migration and development nexus with European policies?
- Policy coherence between the migrations-development nexus and migrants integration in Europe - What policy coherence within the Stockholm programme in the field of Justice and Home affairs?

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