Who: 2015 Valletta Summit on Migration
Where: Valletta, Malta
When: 12 November 2015
The 2015 Valletta Summit on Migration was concluded on 12 November 2015. It was held for two days at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, Malta.
It was attended by around 65 heads of governments/high level policy makers from Europe and Africa, besides officials from the UN and various organizations of the European Union.
The summit, in addition to approving a political declaration reaffirming commitment to solve the ongoing Mediterranean Migration Crisis; came up with an Action Plan to deal with migration from Africa to Europe in a comprehensive manner.
The Action Plan is built around five priority domains, namely,
1. Development benefits of migration and addressing root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement
2. Legal migration and mobility
3. Protection and asylum
4. Prevention of and fight against irregular migration, migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings
5. Return, readmission and reintegration
Other Key outcomes of Valletta Summit
• EU Emergency Trust Fund, of 1.8 billion euros, was established to address root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa by promoting economic and equal opportunities, strengthening resilience of vulnerable people, security and development.
• Within the 5 priority domains, 16 initiatives will be launched before the end of 2016 to implement the Action Plan.
• The existing mechanisms of the Rabat Process, the Khartoum Process and of the Joint EU-Africa Strategy will be used to monitor implementation.
• The European Investment Bank will provide financing to support the reestablishment of the conditions for self-sustaining economic growth and the development of human capital in Africa.