Praia Conference “More Mobility for Development!”

On the 30th of June FMS launched the new impact study in Praia during a one day conference which we co-organized with the Ministry of Communities of Cape Verde and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Back in February Linde Kee van Stokkum conducted her research in Cape Verde on the implications of the EU – Cape Verde mobility partnership. After having presented the study in Brussels and The Hague a week earlier we now traveled back to Cape Verde to present and discuss our research findings there!

We kicked off the day with a presentation by Linde Kee on her research, after which questions  and clarifications were raised by the audience consisting of diplomats, civil servants, scholars and students.  After our presentation the EU delegation to Cape Verde expressed their point of view on the mobility partnership with Cape Verde emphasizing on the strong link between migration and development in Cape Verde and the idea behind the mobility partnership, explaining the set up of the new visa center and remarkably stating that total mobility is something that could be strived for in the future.

The morning session was concluded with a panel discussion between Arnaldo Anrade (Member of Parliament), Corsino Tolentino (migration expert and former minister) and Maria Goretti Lima, (coordinator of the mobility partnership within the ministry of Foreign Affairs). Addressing questions like; What are the lessons learned for Cape Verde when it comes to migration and development?, How can this link still be improved and how has the mobility partnership contributed to this?

After the lunch, during the afternoon session we organized a workshop on the future of the mobility partnership. In the first exercise we split the participants  in 2 different groups to make a SWOT analysis of the mobility partnership, one group made a SWOT analysis from the EU perspective and one from the Cape Verdean perspective. This to see whether there is an equal balance in terms of interests (EU versus Cape Verdean). And if not, how through future negotiations this more equal balance can be restored; what are the opportunities for Cape Verde and how can they be realized? During the second exercise, we went more into detail on the opportunities; making a mind map of different projects that could be executed under the mobility partnership in the future to make more relevant the link between migration and development within the partnership. Many interesting ideas were presented within the three categories of 1) knowledge and education; 2) business and investments, and 3) remittances. 

Finally it was time for some drinks, to celebrate the fruitful discussions we had and to thank both the participants as was as all the speakers for their fierce and enthusiastic contributions. We will keep them in mind in our future lobby efforts towards mobility partnerships becoming a better tool for development!

Please find the link to the impact study here


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