Migration, mobility and displacement retain their relevance for the Africa-EU partnership agenda, which would make part of the next round of negotiations between the two continents towards a new African Union-EU Summit in 2021.
The EU, in its Comprehensive Strategy with Africa and New Pact on Asylum and Migration, both published in 2020, places emphasis on developing a comprehensive partnership agenda, including on migration, built on a stronger alignment of interests. Yet, consolidating cooperation on migration has so far proved to be challenging due to differences in priorities and approaches between the two sides.
This challenge now needs to be confronted in a policy context profoundly altered by COVID-19. Against this background, the webinar aims to get locally grounded and context-sensitive insights into the impact of the pandemic on migration, mobility and displacement dynamics in Africa and to discuss what, as seen from African perspectives, this implies for the African-European partnership in this policy area.
Tsion Tadesse Abebe, Senior Researcher, Migration, Institute of Security Studies (ISS), Addis Ababa
Aderanti Adepoju, Human Resources Development Centre, Lagos
Mehdi Lahlou, Professor, Institut National de Statistique et d'Economie Appliquée (INSEA), Rabat
Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Head, Special Projects, Institute of Security Studies (ISS), Pretoria
Asli Okyay, Senior Fellow, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)