The Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies
At a glance
[24/4/2018] Strasbourg, Council of Europe
Video message of Mr Tomáš Boček supporting the Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies.
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.
[7-8/9/2017] Lisbon, Launching Conference
The 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.
- René Rouquet, Vice-President of the PACE (french only)
- Tomáš Bocek, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on Migration and Refugees
- H.E. Ambassador William Lacy Swing, Director General IOM
- Mr Andrea Rigoni, Coordinator of the Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies
[8/2/2018] 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.
[18/5/2018] Geneva (Switzerland), Annual Diaspora Forum
"Migration as an opportunity for development: role of diasporas"
News and activities
- PACE launches Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies in Lisbon
- A parliamentary network on diaspora policies
- Tomas Bocek: ‘promoting the inclusion of diasporas in host societies; protecting their right to be different'
- René Rouquet: 'make migration a win-win factor for host societies and countries of origin
- Eduardo Ferro: 'diasporas are much more than movements of populations'
- Diaspora policies: regional seminar in Rabat
- Diasporas are key to tackling radicalisation
- Intégration des migrants : Les Parlements et la société civile appelée à s'investir davantage (french only)