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Migration and development

November 8, 2011

Questioning old certainties – Challenges Inbrief 2012

Posted: 12:49 PM UTC

by ECDPM Challenges Team on November 8, 2011

ECDPM is currently reflecting on the content and orientation of the next issue of its annual Challenges Inbrief. This publication is published at the start of each year, and aims to identify key issues for policy making for EU-Africa relations in the year ahead. The paper, in traditional ECDPM style, aims to be informative and ‘facilitating’, helping readers identify key debates and moments in EU development cooperation and external action. The writing process provides us with an opportunity to take a step back from our day to day work to look forward and to reflect ...


December 20, 2010

Bridging the credibility gap: Challenges for ACP-EU relations in 2011

Posted: 11:26 AM UTC

by ECDPM Editorial Team on December 20, 2010

Relations between the European Union and its partners in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) are in a parlous state. Past readers of ECDPM’s annual Challenges Paper know that we regularly refer to ACP-EU relations as being at a critical juncture, and this is certainly true at the start of 2011. The EU’s credibility in much of the ACP is at an all-time low, and in the EU many seem to have lost faith in the future of the partnership with the ACP. Moreover, there is a collective failure to recognise that in the ...


January 21, 2010

What’s at stake in the revision of the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement’s article on migration?

Posted: 09:35 AM UTC

by ECDPM Editorial Team on January 21, 2010

The Africa, Caribbean and Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU) Partnership Agreement includes an article on migration which sets out the principles for dialogue, fair treatment, return/readmission and development support to regions from which migrants originate. The article is currently under revision, with agreement by both parties to strengthen its development dimension.  There is a perception, however, that the EU’s main goal is to tighten requirements for ACP countries to readmit illegal migrants.  An ECDPM briefing paper on the revision, prepared in consultation with ACP and EU stakeholders, contends that readmission requirements should be reasonable, keeping in mind ...