Conclusions of the Workshop on "Trans-Border Cooperation and Development of Migration Legislation" (2001)

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Workshop on "Trans-Border Cooperation and
Development of Migration Legislation"

October 2001

CONCLUSIONS

Participants of the Workshop on "Trans-Border Cooperation and Development of Migration Legislation":

Welcoming the initiative of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE and the IOM Technical Cooperation Centre for Eastern Europe and Central Asia regarding the present Workshop;

Having considered the experience of Canada, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, the Schengen Agreement member countries and the United States of America;

Have arrived to conclusions as follows:

  • Migration as one of the manifestations of the globalisation processes in general positively impacts the social, economic and political development of countries. Unmanaged migration, however, reduces the level of security within countries and regions as a whole - especially given the new challenges and threats the global community is confronted with at the edge of the millennium.
  • Trans-border cooperation, including sharing the agreed information, and improvement of the national migration legislation pursuant to commonly acknowledged principles and norms of the international law, as well as compliance with the international commitments, undertaken by the countries participating at the Workshop, are the necessary pre-conditions for efficient management of migration processes and are consistent with the national security interests and protection of rights of migrants at the territory of the countries participating at the Workshop.
  • Harmonisation of legislation of the countries participating at the Workshop should be one of the priorities for international cooperation in the area of migration.
  • Implementation of the national migration policy in the countries participating at the Workshop should emphasise development of trans-border cooperation with neighbouring countries.
  • To urge participating countries, donor countries, as well as institutions-sponsors of the Geneva 1996 Conference to more active and productive cooperation in implementing the Action Programme adopted by the Conference.
  • The countries participating at the Workshop appeal to international community to cooperate in fair sharing of the burden of resolution of numerous migration problems.
  • To encourage the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE and the IOM Technical Cooperation Centre for Eastern Europe and Central Asia to continue the on-going activity and following the discussions of the given Workshop to enhance the trans-border cooperation and improvement of migration legislation.

To ask the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE and the IOM Technical Cooperation Centre for Eastern Europe and Central Asia to arrange and to assist in conducting the workshop to determine and to develop specific actions concerning sharing information and data, as well as changes and amendments to the legislation.