Panel Meeting on Circular Migration in Chisinau
The Panel Meeting was dedicated to the information exchange on general developments in the area of migration and asylum with particular focus on circular migration in the EU and Eastern Partnership countries, as well as agreeing on the Panel’s work programme for 2013. The objective of the meeting was therefore to look at circular migration trends in the EaP region and between the EU and EaP, including in the times of economic downturn, and identify concrete policy solutions that can be implemented both in the country of origin and country of destination. The meeting was held in Chisinau and co-organized by Republic of Moldova, Poland and the European Commission (EC).
The first day started with opening remarks and welcome addresses by the EC, Moldova and Poland. Session I began with a general Panel business discussion including presentation of the Report from the Country of Origin Information Expert Workshop held in Bucharest in September and continued with a discussion and adoption of the Panel’s Work Programme for 2013. The roles of the EC and the Swedish Migration Board (SMB) in the framework of the Panel were described by the representatives of the respective institutions and were followed by the IOM’s presentation of the Panel’s web portal.
The relationship between the Prague Process (PP) and the EaP Panel on Migration and Asylum, as well as relevant initiatives of the PP were illustrated by the PP representatives, Hungary and Czech Republic. The session continued with tour de table on recent developments in the sphere of migration and asylum at national and regional levels. Later on the EaP labour migration study was presented by the Center for Social and Economic Research.
Session II offered an introduction into the topic of circular migration starting with presentation on circular migration trends in the EaP region by the Migration Policy Center and continued with general presentation of the EU combined report and Polish report by the European Migration Network. IOM Moldova reported on the best practices and key lessons learned on circular migration and followed by a tour de table on circular migration schemes, specific challenges and expectations based on the questionnaire sent out prior to the meeting.
The second day of the Panel meeting focused on the specific aspects of circular migration. Session III addressed the issue of facilitating circular migration in the country of destination with two presentations on necessary conditions to be implemented in the country of destination by Sweden and onbilateral agreements on circular migration by Portugal. Session IV contributed to the topic of facilitating circular migration in the country of origin starting with presentation on necessary conditions for effective circular migration to be implemented by the country of origin by Poland and continued with Moldova presenting bilateral agreement with Italy.
Session V had a specific focus on skills recognition, role of employment agencies and social security aspects in the context of circular migration. The session began with a presentation by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on the role of employment agencies and overview of the ILO standards. Later on specific challenges in the area of skill recognition and social security aspects of circular migration were introduced in two presentations by Moldova.
The second day of the Panel meeting was summarized by Moldova and Poland outlining the sessions and outcomes of the entire meeting. The Panel meeting was closed by the EC underlining productivity of the discussions.
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