European Union External Action

EU and China share experiences on labour migration and counter-trafficking policies

14/11/2016 - 00:00

The EU-China Dialogue on Migration and Mobility Support Project (MMSP) organizes in Beijing and Nanjing a number of events to deepen bilateral collaboration on migration issues.

The increase of two-way migration between the EU and China increases the need for cooperation around labour migration issues and related systems such as visa schemes, skills recognition, demand and supply matching and pre-departure orientation, migrants’ rights protection and training of migrant workers to reduce disputes, as well as the overall contribution of migration to China’s and Europe’s growth strategies.

In this sense, a three-day seminar on China-EU Labour Migration will be organized in Nanjing (China) from 14-16 November. Its overall purpose is to strengthen legal migration and mobility opportunities between China and EU and promote the rights of migrant workers. Over fifty participants and speakers from Europe, China and the International Labour Organization (ILO) will look at the scope and potential of two way labour mobility, including issues of recruitment costs and complaint mechanisms. This event builds on previous studies conducted under the MMSP, which aim to provide evidence-based policy advice to China and EU authorities to further improve migration management and maximize the development outcome for all parties concerned. 

At the same time, a two-day training workshop on “International Standards for Identifying and Assisting Victims of Trafficking” will open on 15 November also in Nanjing. The main objective of this event is strengthening working-level cooperation between EU and Chinese counter-trafficking stakeholders by focusing on victim identification, protection and assistance. It will host experts from Chinese Institutions (Ministry of Public Security, MPS), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and EU Member States (MS) institutions and associations (Central Department against Human Trafficking of the Spanish National Police, Office of Combating Trafficking in Human Beings of Cyprus Police,the Dutch Inspectorate SZW ofCriminal Investigation Division, and the Dutch association “SHOP Den Haag”).  

The workshop is meant to discuss about outcomes achieved through counter-trafficking related actions implemented by IOM China and EU MS Police in cooperation with MPS, as well as good practice guidelines for victim identification and assistance and victim screening, by presenting China, Cyprus, Spain and Netherland case studies.

This is the first of two events on Human Trafficking, as it will be followed by the “Facilitation of exchanges and establishment of networks between Chinese and European anti-trafficking Criminal Investigation Experts” which will be held in Beijing, on 18 November 2016.

Background: The MMSP started in April 2015 and is a three-year action funded under the Partnership Instrument of the EU Service for Foreign Policy Instruments and implemented by IOM and ILO in China.

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