The European Migration Forum – the civil society dialogue platform on migration, asylum and migrant integration – met for the second time on 6 and 7 April 2016 at the EESC's headquarters.
Following on from the subject discussed at the first meeting (the management of mixed flows of migrants across the Mediterranean), the Forum now focused on the long-term approach to migration and integration.
The event had an interactive character, with participatory sessions and workshops with subjects suggested and managed by participants themselves.
The participants included NGOs (selected by a public call for expressions of interest - deadline was 11 January 2016), practitioners from local and regional authorities (selected by the Committee of the Regions), representatives of the Member States and members of the EESC Permanent Group on Immigration and Integration.
Attendance at the Forum meetings was by invitation only. The plenary parts of the meeting were streamed.
The European Migration Forum, organised by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee, is a platform for dialogue between civil society and the European institutions on issues relating to migration, asylum and the integration of third-country nationals.
The purpose of the Forum is to enhance coordination and cooperation between key players. It also informs EU decision-making in the areas of migration, asylum and integration. The Forum's work will ensure that the European institutions are better informed about the main challenges that civil society organisations and social partners face on the ground and about how to contribute more constructively to efforts to meet migrants' needs.