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The ACP Observatory on Migration is a reference network of migration researchers and specialists working on South-South migration. It has been created as one of three components of the Intra-ACP Migration Facility. The ACP Observatory on Migration is an initiative of the ACP Secretariat, funded by the European Union, implemented by the International Organization for Migration and with the financial support of IOM and its Development Fund, the United Nations Population Fund and Switzerland.
The observatory was officially inaugurated in October 2010 with an official launching in the presence of high ranking officials of the European Union, IOM, the ACP Secretariat, the Ambassador of Switzerland to Belgium, the Observatory's good will ambassador as well as other invited guests.
October 2010: Official launching of the ACP Observatory on Migration. In the middle, from left to right: H.E. Mr. Koos Richelle, Director General, Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (Former Director General of the EuropeAid Cooperation Office), European Commission, H.E. Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Secretary General of the ACP Group of States, Ms. Khadja Nin, Goodwill Envoy of the ACP Observatory on Migration, H.E. Amb. William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration, H.E. Mr. Louis Michel, Member of the European Parliament and Co-president of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and H.E. Dr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel, Ambassador of Switzerland to the Kingdom of Belgium and several other attendees of the event.
Its goal is to establish a network of research institutions and governmental entities dealing with migration in the six regions (see map below), of the ACP Group of States, namely West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Activities are undertaken in 12 pilot countries (Angola, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Tanzania, Timor-Leste and Trinidad and Tobago) but it is foreseen that other countries will join the process.
The Observatory will be able to produce much needed data on South-South ACP migration flows for migrants, researchers, civil society, general public, governments and policy-makers.
The Observatory's activities rely on the work of research institutions and private researchers from different backgrounds (universities, research centers, public institutions). The ACP Observatory on Migration focuses its work in South-South migration. The term "South" is defined differently in various contexts. Refer to the definition of the 'South" with respect to the activities of the ACP Observatory on Migration.
L’Observatoire ACP sur les migrations est un réseau de référence composé de chercheurs et d’experts en matière de migration dont les travaux se concentrent sur la migration Sud-Sud. Il a été créé comme l’une des trois composantes de la Structure Intra-ACP pour les Migrations. L’Observatoire ACP sur les migrations est une initiative du Secrétariat des États ACP qui est financée par l’Union européenne et a été mise en œuvre par l’Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations avec le soutien financier de l’OIM et de son fonds de développement, du Fonds des Nations Unies pour la population et de la Suisse.