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Seminar of the German Chair for Peace Studies and Conflict Prevention and the Human Dimension Program at MEDAC:

~ Migration in the Mediterranean: Human Rights, Security and Economic/Development Pesrpectives ~

14th March 2014


A seminar on the topical subject Migration in the Mediterranean: Human Rights, Security and Economic/Development Perspectives took place on 14th March 2014. It was financed by the German Academic Exchange Service and by the MEDAC Human Dimension programme and organized by Dr. Monika Wohlfeld and Dr. Omar Grech. MEDAC students and staff benefited from the presence and expertise of academics, policy-makers and NGO representatives from the northern and southern shore of the Mediterranean. Keynotes speakers H.E. Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, President Emeritus of Malta, Ambassador Dr. Robert K. Visser, Executive Director, EU European Asylum Support Office, Malta and Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Awad, Director, Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, The American University in Cairo, Egypt opened the event.

The opening panel was followed by sessions on the human rights, security and developments perspectives on migration, as well as a concluding session on a comprehensive approach to migration in the Mediterranean. Throughout the experts engaged in constructive debate and responded to student questions. The key message that resulted from the debate was that migration is a very complex phenomenon and that international as well as regional organizations and states should avoind being reactive but instead make efforts to be proactive and adopt an integrated approach to the phenomenon of migration. On the issue of illegal migration and human trafficking as well as the loss of life in the Mediterranean, various policy options such as expanding FRONTEX operations and considering issuing humanitarian visas in the countries of origin were debated. The seminar contributions made by experts present are the basis for an edited volume to be published by MEDAC later in 2014.



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