The overall purpose of the International Forum is to stimulate a high-level dialogue on the root causes of migration and to elaborate and propose the best solutions for an ethical approach on the international management of migration as well as the integration of migrants in hosting communities. Particular attention will be devoted to the European migration crisis.
Europe is experiencing an unprecedented mass movement of asylum-seekers and migrants. Indeed, there is a need to find immediate solutions to a crisis that requires careful management; at the same time, it is crucial to seize this opportunity to develop medium- and long-term policies able to unlock the “development benefit of migration”.
Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) decided to organize its sixth edition of the High-level International Forum on Migration and Peace in Rome next February (21-22). After the previous editions in Guatemala, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, and Germany this year, the Forum will be focused on Europe.
The focus will be on both the refugees’ crisis management and the link between development and migration. The sixth edition of the Forum aims at influencing migration policies and practices in Europe. The 2017 Forum will be structured around two main topics: 1) integration of migrants and refugees in the hosting countries, and, 2) the role of migrants in fostering economic development in the countries of origin.
With regard to the first topic, the Forum intends to explore potential solutions based on best practices in Europe (i.e., the “decentralized reallocation” of migrants in Italy and Germany) and South and North America (i.e., the resettlement practices in Canada, Brazil and Mexico).
With regard to the second topic, the Forum intends to explore how to scale up good practices such as: 1) humanitarian corridors to tackle the humanitarian aspect of the crisis, and, 2) initiatives supporting the use of remittances and other public and private resources to facilitate investments, entrepreneurship and job creation in the countries of origin.
The Forum is organized by SIMN in partnership with the Vatican Dicastery for “Promoting Integral Human Development” led by Cardinal Turkson, and the Konrad-Adenaur-Stiftung foundation.
The Forum is supported by a high-profile list of sponsors, including Corporativa de Fundaciones, Caritas Internationalis, Jesuit Refugee Services and Grupo Mondragón.
The Forum gathers every year senior policy makers from the US, Europe, and Latin America, as well as prominent influencers; Nobel Prize Laureates, senior officers of international organizations, academia, ministers and senior decision makers, representatives from United Nations’ Agencies, political representatives and members of civil society organizations working on migration issues and with associations of migrants. All sharing their thoughts, commitments and proposals for the promotion of a fully human and peaceful coexistence as a universal right for all people A maximum of 300 people are expected to attend the Forum.
The Forum is only a key moment in a more integrated process. For that reason we are building partnerships with governments, CSOs, international organizations and private sector representatives to work together toward and after the Forum.