the first ever Mediterranean Parliamentary Conference on Migration took place in Malta last 16-17 November, co-organized by the InterParliamentary Union (IPU), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) and the Parliament of Malta.
Demonstrating engagement by the legislative branch of many governments, the Conference brought together 164 participants, including members of 26 national parliaments on all sides of the Mediterranean and beyond.
Topical sessions and conclusions addressed: the rule of law and migration; parliamentary responsibilities; root causes; labour and skills demand for migration; refugee protection and assistance; changing the narrative on migration; mobility versus control contentions; inclusion and equality; training and education, and international cooperation and global solutions.
The conference identified steps that parliaments can – and should – take, and mandated IPU and PAM to elaborate a regional parliamentary plan of action on migration.
The outcome also provides parliamentary perspective for Global Compact on Migration negotiations.
The Rapporteur's Summary Statement and other documents are available from IPU at: http://archive.ipu.org/splz-e/valletta17.htm
The conference Rapporteur was Patrick Taran, President of GMPA.
Report on PAM President's address at: http://www.pam.int/?m=news&id=750
News report of Minister of Foreign Affairs address at:http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2017-11-18/local-news/Managing-migration-requires-a-people-centred-approach-Minister-Carmelo-Abela-6736181613
Link to the IPU-ILO-OHCHR Handbook for Parliamentarians: Migration, Human Rights and Governancehttp://www.ipu.org/english/handbks.htm#migration