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State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and for Ibero-America and the Caribbean takes part in 8th Ministerial Conference of 5+5 Dialogue on Migration and Development held in Marrakesh
03/03/2020

​The State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and for Ibero-America and the Caribbean, Cristina Gallach Figueras, attended the 8th Ministerial Conference of 5+5 Dialogue on Migration and Development, called by Morocco. Spain advocated the effective management of regulated migration as a factor of sustainable socio-economic development of the two shores of the Mediterranean.

The State secretary recalled the nature of the 5+5 region of the Western Mediterranean as a “bridge for communication” for human mobility between Europe and Africa, deriving from a shared vision of migration. Cristina Gallach underlined the relevance of a global approach to the migratory phenomenon and recalled the excellent cooperation between Spain and Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania on migration. In this regard, she called for good practices and case studies to be shared at a regional level on the issues of mobility and circular migration, particularly in the fields of education and youth.

At the end of the ministerial conference, a joint declaration was adopted that contained the questions addressed on migratory policies, mobility and regular migration, on migration and development, on integrating migrants, on networks that traffic in illegal migrants and human trafficking, together with a roadmap with the aim of taking stock and coordinating current specific actions in these areas.

The 5+5 Dialogue gathers together ministers from Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania.

The European Union, the African Union, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Arab Maghreb Union, the ECOWAS, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development attended the meeting as observers.

 

 


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