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Central Mediterranean Dialogue: Fostering Mutual Understanding and Common Approaches

15 January 2018 10:00 to 16 January 2018 15:45

Chatham House, London



The majority of refugees and migrants crossing the Central Mediterranean route in the last two years have been West African nationals. Responding to the dangers involved for people moving along this route, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) launched its Central Mediterranean Risk Mitigation Strategy in October 2017.

This meeting brings together senior-level participants from countries of origin in West Africa and European countries of destination to explore a number of pressing protection issues highlighted in the Strategy:

  • civil registration and documentation;
  • protection and solutions for unaccompanied and separated children on the move;
  • transnational programming for victims of trafficking;
  • cross-regional collection and dissemination of information related to missing persons;
  • the role and influence of the diaspora in the dynamics of mixed migration flows. 

The dialogue will seek to foster a better understanding of the perspective of countries of origin and provide an opportunity to explore common approaches and solutions with countries of destination in Europe and other partners.

This meeting is hosted in partnership with UNCHR.

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