First meeting of the European Migration Forum (invitation only)
In 2009, the European Commission together with the European Economic and Social Committee launched the European Integration Forum, a platform for dialogue with civil society on issues related to integration of third-country nationals. Since, the Forum has met twice a year and discussed different subjects focusing on migrant integration. This year, it was decided to extend the scope of the Forum to cover more topics related to immigration and asylum that would benefit from a discussion with civil society.
The first meeting of the new European Migration Forum will take place on 26-27 January 2015, and will ask for contribution of the civil society to address the migratory flows in the Mediterranean, from the situation of migrants in the countries of origin and transit before departure, to their journey and their reception once arrived to the EU. During the last year, the number of migrants who attempted to cross the Mediterranean on unseaworthy vessels and risked their lives to reach Europe, very often seeking international protection, has significantly increased, while the conditions of travel have worsened. Migrants face severe violation of human rights by the criminals who organize the journeys, and sometimes death. The magnitude of the phenomenon requires new resources and solutions to ensure an appropriate management of these migratory flows, responding fully to the humanitarian emergencies while maintaining fair and effective migration and asylum systems.
Attendance at the meeting is by invitation only.