Ministerial Conference on management of migratory flows

 10 and 11 May 2021
The Ministry for Home Affairs, in collaboration with the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service, is promoting the Ministerial Conference on the Management of Migratory Flows, one of the main initiatives on the agenda of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the area of migration, as an opportunity to deepen political dialogue with North African countries.

The event will thus be attended by representatives of Member States of the European Union, the European Commission, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal and Tunisia, of the regional Euro-African dialogue processes - the Rabat and Khartoum Process - as well as FRONTEX, EASO, UNHCR, IOM and ICMPD.

The event takes place in two moments.

- ​On 10 May, high-level representatives will meet in a technical seminar, in virtual format, to discuss the external dimension of migration, in particular the role of partnerships in defining tailored policies for a win-win approach, concerning the management of irregular migratory flows and for the establishment of return/readmission tools in an integrated/holistic perspective, and External Cooperation: fostering legal migration and mobility - promoting legal pathways for migration to the EU.

- On 11 May, the Centro Cultural de Belém will host the ministerial session, which will take place in a hybrid format, and during which the conclusions of the previous day's seminar will be presented.

The opening session will be hosted by the Portuguese Minister for Home Affairs, European Commissioners Margaritis Schinas and Ylva Johansson, and the African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs, Amira Elfadil.

Migratory policies and border management are priorities on the agenda of the Ministry for Home Affairs under the Presidency, through an integrated approach that reconciles the importance of a proper management of migratory flows between countries of origin and destination - in particular North Africa - with the need to combat human trafficking, in parallel with the implementation of common return policies and the strengthening of legal and safe migration channels.

The event will be a privileged space to address issues of common interest on migration flows and to lay the basis for deeper initiatives in the future through a broad EU-Africa multilateral dialogue.

Ministerial Conference on management of migratory flows