Thursday, 19 December 2013

International Conference on Migration and Development in Ljubljana

On 5 and 6 December 2013 an international conference titled Developing developers: Migrants as development actors – A new way forward took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The conference was organized by the Peace Institute within the project Consistency of Migration and Development Policy (CoMiDe) which is being implemented in four partner countries – Italy, Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Director General of the Directorate for Global Issues and Multilateral Political Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dragoljuba Benčina, opened the conference with her welcome note and expressed interest in complex topics of migration and development cooperation. Discussants at the panel What is Development without Migrants? were Gibril Faal, representative of African Foundation for Development and Africa-Europe Platform from UK, Charito Basa, representative of Filipino Women’s Council from Italy, and Angela Odai, working at Diaspora Support Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Ghana. The “CoMiDe Manifesto on Migration and Development in Europe” was presented at the conference. Over 60 participants from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America who attended the event had the opportunity to comment on and change the Manifesto, which at the end of the conference was endorsed.

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Photo: Panel discussion during the conference.

Information provided by Maja Ladič, Mirovni Institute

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