Migration and Home Affairs

EMN Roundtable on Sustainable migration from Africa to Europe: briefing paper

EMN Roundtable on Sustainable migration from Africa to Europe: briefing paper

The European Migration Network (EMN) and EMN Norway organised an online Roundtable on Sustainable migration from Africa to Europe on 9 December 2020.

It explored how to define and operationalise the concept of ‘sustainable migration’ by considering the whole-of-route approach from countries of origin to destination. By bringing together policymakers, researchers and practitioners representing different sectors and perspectives, the event fostered a better understanding of how to design sustainable migration policies that work for Europe and for third countries.

At a glance, the main research findings are introduced below:

  • EU policymakers are giving renewed attention to achieving ‘’sustainable migration”, which aims to benefit both the European and African countries involved.
  • Regional solutions represent a sustainable and politically viable option to address the need for international protection.
  • Regional solutions are not designed as a containment strategy but, rather, see the choice to migrate as an integral part of individual and social transformation.
  • Circular migration could provide a sustainable model for labour migration and a basis for constructive dialogue with third countries.

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