The Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies

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[18/05/2018] Geneva (Switzerland), A European Diaspora Prize to promote the best initiatives of diaspora associations

The Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies, which is holding its first annual Forum in Geneva today, has created a European Diaspora Prize to reward the most outstanding diaspora association each year, with the best accomplishments in supporting integration in host countries, fostering cultural identity, or developing links with countries of origin.

This Prize consists of a diploma and a statuette to be presented during the annual Forum or one of the Network's regional meetings. It shall be awarded on the basis of a shortlist prepared by the Pre-Selection Panel, composed of the Chairperson of the Migration Committee, the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on Diasporas, and the Co-ordinator of the Network.

Nominations, which must be submitted in one of the two official languages of the Council of Europe (English or French), should reach the Secretariat of the Migration Committee before 15 August 2018.


[18/05/2018] Geneva (Switzerland), Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies to hold its first Annual Diaspora Forum

The Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies, which is holding its first annual Forum in Geneva today, has created a European Diaspora Prize to reward the most outstanding diaspora association each year, with the best accomplishments in supporting integration in host countries, fostering cultural identity, or developing links with countries of origin.

The Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in co-operation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), will organise its first Annual Diaspora Forum on 18 May 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Forum will be dedicated to "Diasporas as partners for development in the globalised world" and will explore diaspora engagement in development, with the focus on economic pillars, both for countries of origin and for countries of destination. It will consider the kind of enabling environment that would maximize diaspora contributions to countries of origin and destination, including potential legal, policy and programme dimensions.

The Forum will also be a timely occasion to highlight the importance of engaging with diasporas in the context of the forthcoming Global Compact on Migration to be adopted in December 2018.

It will give an opportunity to parliamentarians and representatives of diasporas, as well as representatives from different international organisations who work on migration and diaspora issues, to hold an in-depth exchange on the development opportunities created by migrants and the role of different stakeholders, to foster the role of parliamentarians and diaspora associations and to ensure their active involvement in and contribution to the process.

The event is supported by high-level officials and will bring together a number of prominent stakeholders including the Director General of the International Organization for Migration William Lacy Swing and the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on Migration and Refugees, Tomáš Boček.


[24/04/2018] Strasbourg (France), Council of Europe

Mr Tomáš Boček, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on migration and refugees, expresses his support of the Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe today in Strasbourg.

He referres to the positive contribution of migrants to development in both host countries and countries of origin and stresses that the role of diaspora and their associations in acting as an interface between decision-making authorities and migrants is paramount. The Council of Europe has invested significant energy into "building inclusive societies" and has approached this theme from many angles.

Mr Boček also expresses satisfaction that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has taken upon itself the difficult but very important task of looking at the role and best methods to involve diasporas and their associations in defining new ways for building inclusive societies, and he wishes the Network a lot of success in its future work.


[08/02/2018] Rabat (Morocco), First regional seminar

Rabat The Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies, at the invitation of the Moroccan Parliament, organised its regional meeting in Rabat, Morocco, on 8 February 2018.

The meeting brought together around 80 participants from 22 countries, including Diaspora NGOs, MPs, high level government officials, experts and diplomatic representatives who came together in order to share their experience on the topic "Which type of integration of migrants can be applied to prevent radicalisation: the role of parliaments and Diaspora associations".

The meeting emphasised how essential the role of Diasporas and their organisations is; it also underlined the importance for national and local authorities to engage them in decision-making in order to ensure better policies such as intercultural dialogue, empowerment of all members of the community, embracing cultural pluralism and managing conflicts positively. The meeting highlighted the importance of an enlarged dialog, cooperation and coordination among the authorities of the host countries on the issue of migrants' social inclusion; these countries must enable, empower and engage migrants more, while the authorities of the countries of origin need to be more active with regard to developing diaspora-friendly public policies and to co-operating with the diaspora communities themselves.

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[07-08/09/2017] Lisbon (Portugal), Launching Conference

LisbonThe Launching Conference of the Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies (PNDP) was organised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the invitation of the Portuguese Parliament and brought together over 120 participants representing 39 countries, including 16 Diaspora NGOs, 62 MPs, high level government officials, experts and diplomatic representatives who were able to share the experience of their countries in working with Diasporas, and measures taken to overcome the existing challenges.  

The Launching Conference led to the start of the work and officially recognised the existence of the Network. The Declaration adopted contained the list of founding members of the Network, now open to new participants. It was suggested and consensually agreed that 8 September would become the European Day of Diasporas, which will be celebrated in participating countries in the future.

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