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Ready to Reset? New Migration Partnership for a post-pandemic Mediterranean

04:00 pm CET


Five years after the 2015 ‘refugee crisis’, migration remains a significant political and humanitarian issue in the Euro-Mediterranean regionThe COVID-19 pandemic exposed many of the longstanding deficiencies of current international migration governance. Regular migration pathways shrank to a minimum, the economic shock hit origin and transit countries hard, and the two forces combined heightened the risk of rising irregular migration flows, along and across the two shores of the Mediterranean. The pandemic exposed pre-existing structural weaknesses in Europe’s asylum and migration governance, revealing once again the need to strengthen the Common European Asylum System and to deepen “migration partnerships between Mediterranean countriesWhile the European Commission’s “New Pact on Asylum and Migration” in September 2020 was a chance to address these vulnerabilities, multilateral efforts have almost ground to a halt, even as irregular migration across the Mediterranean is on the rise. 


Panel Discussion

Luciana Lamorgese, Minister of the Interior, Italy  

Ylva Johansson, Commissioner for Home Affairs, European Commission 

António Vitorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM) 

Evarist Bartolo, Minister for European and Foreign Affairs, Malta 

Fathi Ali Abdul Salam Bashagha, Minister of the Interior, Government of National Accord (GNA), Libya



Hanne Beirens, Director, MPI Europe

Paolo Magri, Executive Vice President, ISPI