The European Union (EU), together with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), has launched a new project in order to exchange good practices and expertise with the Mexican migration authorities to better manage migration in the areas of asylum and integration of migrants. 

The project, implemented within the framework of the MIEUX Initiative, has been instigated at the request of the Mexican Secretariat of Interior (SEGOB) and the National Institute of Migration (INM), and will comprise a series of high-level dialogues, seminars, workshops and study visits. 

The project was launched via two high-level dialogues, on the topics of asylum and integration of migrants, on 16 and 17 February 2017 in Mexico City, and which brought together representatives from the Mexican authorities, including SEGOB, the Migration Policies Unit, INM and the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance, as well as civil society, international organisations and MIEUX experts from Austria and Belgium. 

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Juan Garay, Head of the Cooperation Section at the EU Delegation to Mexico, remarked on migration as one of the priority global challenges and a key area of cooperation between Mexico and the EU. 

“The basis of every strategy is respect of the rights of migrant persons. It is thus necessary to prioritise the creation of protective legal frameworks and programmes for social, economic and cultural integration”, said Mr. Garay.

Mr. Alfred Woeger, Regional Coordinator of the MIEUX Initiative for Latin America and the Caribbean, at ICMPD, said: “Considering Mexico’s interest in the exchange on migration issues with the EU, MIEUX will continue to build bridges and support Mexican authorities in the field of asylum and integration of migrants. Increased dialogue and partnerships are crucial to maximise the development impact of migration.”

Moving forward, through a total of seven activities, MIEUX experts will advise the Mexican authorities on all pertinent aspects of pressing migration issues, specifically on international protection and integration of migrants.