The main objective of the meeting was to review the achievements of the EU-financed project “Strategic and institutional management of migration in Libya ” implemented by ICMPD, its Work Plan for 2020 and to present necessary complementary actions to achieve more structured migration governance in Libya.
The main achievements of the project are first, the development of a set of recommendations for a reform plan based on extensive legal and institutional capacity assessments; second, the establishment and capacity enhancement of an informal network of 40 civil society organisations working on migration from all over Libya; and third, the facilitation of the formal reintegration and active participation of Libya in international migration fora and dialogues.
The event gathered around 50 participants, including a delegation from Libya, composed of representatives of the Libyan National Team for Border Security and Management (NTBSM), of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of the Presidential Council, as well as development partners such as the EU Delegation to Libya, diplomatic missions, development cooperation agencies and the United Nations Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL).
Abdunnaser Segayer, Head of the NTBSM, praised the high quality cooperation with ICMPD, stating: “ICMPD always supported us in an efficient and professional manner. We hope development partners will support the new action to continue building on the excellent achievements, benefit from ICMPD's high quality expertise, and advance on a complete migration governance reform for the benefit of Libya and migrants”.
Sandra Goffin, Head of Operations at the EU Delegation to Libya, stressed the willingness of the European Union to support efforts of this kind: “The EU’s financial contribution shows the importance the European Union gives to migration in general and in particular to migration governance in Libya. Today is an opportunity to reflect all together how the international community will further support migration governance in Libya. The EU is interested that support is continued for this action.”
Marcello Giordani, ICMPD Project Coordinator, highlighted the key approach in cooperating with Libyan partners: “The excellent partnership established with our Libyan counterpart made our numerous achievements on analysis, capacity building and migration dialogues participation possible. We look forward to building on this momentum with a new action allowing for an ever broader programme, which was designed in an inclusive approach with the Libyan authorities and is fully owned by them. ICMPD will engage development partners and stakeholders to strengthen a fruitful partnership to set up a full-fledged migration governance system.”
For more information, please contact :
Maha Ouelhezi, communication & Visibility Officer, EU Delegation to Libya