Under the framework of the EU-China Dialogue on Migration and Mobility Support Project, the UN Migration Agency –IOM- is today hosting a two-day seminar in Beijing on mixed migration flows.
Mixed migration is the term used to describe complex migratory movements of an irregular nature, triggered by a multiplicity of factors and involving people with differentiated needs and profiles, including unaccompanied minors, environmental migrants, smuggled people, victims of trafficking and stranded migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.
Today’s world is witnessing unprecedented flows of people leaving their home countries in search of new economic opportunities or fleeing food insecurity, war, terrorism or to escape from areas affected by natural disasters caused by accidents or by the effects of climate change.
EU Delegation Counsellor Marcin Grabiec noted that “We need to shape an EU migration policy that is robust, realistic and fair. As a global challenge, the EU is working closely with partners worldwide, including with the IOM and UNHCR to ensure that we continue to manage migration flows and fulfil our obligations to those in need of international protection”.
Effectively managing these flows has become one of the greatest challenges for many countries around the world, regardless of their economic development: mixed migratory flows are evident in developed countries, emerging and developing countries alike. IOM and its partner agencies aim to support governments in adopting shared and practical solutions that take a humanitarian and developmental approach, ensuring that rights of all migrants are safeguarded.
The seminar was attended by around 26 Chinese officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Ministry of Public Security (MPS), the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA), State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) as well as Foreign Affairs Office (FAO) representatives at provincial levels including Beijing and Shanghai municipalities. Officials from EU Member States were also present.
Experts from Germany, Sweden, South Africa and IOM described current global trends in mixed migration flows, national approaches to managing the issue, IOM’s practical response to supporting migrants in countries in crisis, and the role of the international community in establishing shared principles and commitments for effective management of such flows.
As technology plays a fundamental role in understanding trends and characteristics of this complex phenomenon, participants were also introduced to software that can track migratory movements in emergency situations and facilitate effective response measures.
For further information, please contact Etienne Micallef at the IOM Office in China. Tel: + 86 138 1120 9875; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org