The management of migration requires cooperation between Africa and Europe, each for their own reasons. Whereas for Africa, migration is primarily a development and demographic issue, Europe’s stance increasingly follows a technical, security-centred response to immigration. As a key element of the Africa-European Union strategic partnership, agreement on migration is central to developing a mutually beneficial strategy. Migration policies and approaches such as on labour, remittances, returns and readmissions, and effective international protection measures, should be based on evidence and the achievement of sustainable development.
A new Policy Brief by Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Head of Special Projects at the Institute for Security Studies, recommends that the AU should advance migration as central to development and engage with member states to advance and regularise remittances to better leverage their benefits. The EU on the other hand should consult more with African stakeholders on policies and strategies that impact directly on Africa, including those that may undermine efforts towards freedom of movement and end its over-securitised approaches to migration management as these do not have the desired effect, and may have unintended longer-term consequences.
Read the Policy Brief here:
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