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Return and readmission after the New Pact

Wednesday, 21 October 2020


Ambassador Teneng Mba Jaiteh
Head of Mission of The Gambia to the EU
Francisco Gaztelu-Mezquiriz
Head of Unit, Irregular Migration and Return Policy, DG HOME, European
Kwaku Arhin-Sam
Director, Friedensau Institute for Evaluation, Friedensau Adventist University
Victoria Rietig
Head of Migration Programme, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)


Olivia Sundberg Diez
Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre

The European Policy Centre, in the framework of the Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM), is delighted to invite you to this Online Policy Dialogue. This discussion is the second in a three-part series exploring future EU-Africa cooperation. Against the background of the New Pact, COVID-19 and the upcoming EU-AU Summit, this autumn provides a singular moment to reflect on the role of migration in this future partnership.

The discussion will focus on return and readmission. The Commission’s proposed New Pact on Migration and Asylum puts returns front and centre. It envisions inter alia accelerated return procedures, a new notion of “return sponsorship”, and renewed readmission cooperation with non-EU countries. At the same time, returns have faced important challenges in recent years, including around their effectiveness, human rights compliance, and their impact on relations with third countries. How can these obstacles be tackled effectively and how can EU-Africa cooperation in this area lead to a mutually beneficial partnership?

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