The 6th High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Mobility (HLDMM) between India and the European Union that took place in Brussels on October 27 discussed some key issues related to safe, orderly, and regular migration, ANI reported.
The meeting was co-chaired by Ausaf Sayeed, Secretary (Consular, Passport & Visa and Overseas Indian Affairs), MEA, who headed the Indian delegation, and Monique Pariat, Director General (Migration and Home Affairs), European Commission, who headed the EU team. The representatives of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, and Ministry of Labour and Employment were part of the Indian delegation. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the diplomatic missions of EU member states in Brussels who were invited as observers.
“Both sides also discussed potential areas of cooperation to facilitate mobility and migration of talented professionals, students, and skilled workforce for the mutual benefit of both partners. Both sides expressed satisfaction at the successful implementation of the India -EU Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility (India-EU CAMM)," MEA (Ministry Of External Affairs) said in a statement. Furthermore, it is reported that separate agreements on trade, Geographical Indications (GI), and investment are being discussed and are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The India -EU Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility (India-EU CAMM) was set up during the 13th India-EU Summit in Brussels, as part of the India-EU Agenda for Action 2020. Along with the High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Mobility (HLDMM), it plays a critical role in fulfilling the objectives of the India-EU Cooperation and Dialogue on Migration and Mobility Project. It intends to reinforce continued and sustained migration between India and the EU, and address the problems related to irregular migratory flows.
It is based on three strategic approaches. They are as follows: 1. Improved access to and utilization of quality information and data management to make informed policy decisions and formulations in both directions, 2. Promotion of knowledge transfer, capacity building, and technical and expert support to ensure the concrete improvement of migration governance systems, and 3. Policy development to facilitate the implementation of comprehensive, coherent, and feasible measures.
The India-EU Cooperation and Dialogue on Migration and Mobility Project will play a critical role in facilitating the movement of semi-skilled and skilled personnel from India to the Euro Zone. With much of Europe seeing a surge in anti-immigrant sentiments in the political landscape, and a rise of right-wing groups calling for tighter restrictions on the flow of people, continued dialogues like these would be a massive help in protecting the rights of Indian migrants in Europe.
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