MADE Europe Chapter

  MADE Europe Chapter


"Through MADE, civil society from Europe and other regions are actively linked, creating further opportunities for migrant rights and development advocates around the world to learn from each other and cooperate in delivering innovative ideas for change.”

Sophie Ngo-Diep, ICMC Europe

 

Activities by the MADE Europe Chapter are coordinated by the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) Europe, based in Brussels, Belgium.

The Chapter monitors the policy developments in the European Union and works with EU policy makers, primarily in the European Parliament and European Commission, to advance civil society’s 5-year 8-point Action Plan.

The Chapter also has a liaison function between MADE regional networks and Working Groups and the EU institutions.

ICMC Europe is also an active member of the ‘EU Migration and Development Civil Society Contact Group' composed of several major NGOs working in migration and development.

All civil society organizations working in the field of migration, migrants´ rights and human development in Europe  or with an interest in the region are welcome to join and participate upcoming regional events, advocacy actions, or other activities.

 

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Activities 2016 - March 2017


  • Monitoring and assessing the implementation of the Valletta Action Plan and the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, in close coordination with MADE Africa, by
    • Gathering a representative sample of civil society by African and European CSOs via a survey and in-person interviews (s. Civil Society reflections on the Valletta Action Plan)
    • Organising a civil society consultation with African and European stakeholders in Brussels, as well as EU officials and representatives of countries of the Rabat process and EU Member States, and issuing recommendations as to the need for a structured engagement with civils society in the monitoring and implementation of the Valletta Action Plan (s. Taking Stock of Valletta - A civil society analysis after the first year; Full conference Report “Taking Stock of Valletta” 
    • Participating with of four civil society representatives, (two from Africa, two from Europe: AACC, West African Migration Observatory, ICMC Europe and NRC) in a Senior Officials Meeting for the monitoring of the implementation of the Valletta Action Plan in Malta, in order to present the recommendations of civil society on the implementation of the Valletta Action Plan (s. African and European Civil Society Statement)
    • Outreach to and engagement with the Belgian government as Chair of the Steering Committee of the Rabat Process, as well as ICMPD as secretariat for the Rabat process, to work towards a more structured engagement with civil society in the countries of the Rabat Process.  
  • Following up on key aspects of migration and development as put forth in the New York Declaration, in particular on recruitment practices of migrant workers, via:
    • ​The publication of a report “Situational Analysis: The smuggling of Togolese migrant workers and people trafficking in the Middle East and Central Africa”, researched and written by Samir Abi, director of Togo-based NGO Visions Solidaires and Vision Solidaires;
    • The publication of an assessment and mapping of civil society responses in West, Central and East Africa to protect migrant workers from trafficking and harmful recruitment practices, in particular in the Gulf Countries (forthcoming), based on a survey distributed to over 100 civil society organisations working with migrant workers and returnees in East, West and Central Africa. 
  • Raising awareness among European stakeholders on the link between regional economic communities/inter-regional fora, and migration, mobility and migrant protection;
  • Fostering collaboration and sustainable partnerships among European civil society actors working on migration and development and their counterparts in third countries through joint actions;
  • Engaging with the successive Presidencies of the EU Council in the activities related to migration and development specified in their programmes;
  • Monitoring policy developments around the EU Agenda on Migration, the Valletta Action Plan and the Partnership Framework and any new developments in this field
  • Engaging in joint advocacy initiatives with other Brussels-based NGOs in the area of EU external migration policies and migration and development. 

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Related News

 

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European foreign ministers meeting on Thursday to assess the six months since November’s Valletta Summit on migration from Africa must shift their focus to the urgent needs of people fleeing from violence and human rights abuses, said Oxfam and ICMC. As the death toll rises in the central Mediterranean, the EU has increased the amount of money given to many of the same regimes that people are so desperately fleeing from.

Myth busting: Deconstructing 10 myths about migration and development

With the increase in the number of refugees and migrants trying to enter Europe in 2015, there has been a concurrent increase in suspicion, fears and preconceptions among the citizens and governments of destination countries. By confronting false or misleading statements with strong data, facts and migrant testimonies, this tool, developed by ICMC Europe and the Forum des Organisations de Solidarité Internationale issues des Migrations (FORIM) in coordiantion with CONCORD, aims to deconstruct received ideas by tackling common misconceptions on migration in relation to poverty, development aid and the job market, among others. 

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Related Events

 

Africa-Europe Valletta Summit on migration

In April 2015 the European Council called for an international summit to discuss migration issues with African and other key countries. 

Civil society event ahead of the Valletta Summit

A civil society event for the press on the Valletta Summit will be held on 11 November, 9:30am to 12pm.

Valetta Summit: Dialogue with civil society

This one-day event in Brussels will be the occasion for civil society to call on African and European leaders to focus first on human rights, decency, dignity, wellbeing and welcoming of people in need. Register now!

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