Logo Assembly Logo Hemicycle

For a European policy on diasporas

Recommendation 2207 (2021)

Parliamentary Assembly
Assembly debate on 24 June 2021 (21st sitting) (see Doc. 15250, report of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, rapporteur: Mr Paulo Pisco). Text adopted by the Assembly on 24 June 2021 (21st sitting).
1. Referring to its Resolution 2388 (2021) “For a European policy on diasporas”, the Parliamentary Assembly emphasises the importance of providing support to European States in order to develop effective diaspora engagement policies by creating a European institutional and political framework for co-operation between governments and diasporas.
2. The Assembly considers that the Council of Europe could play a major role in formulating a European policy on diasporas, taking into account the work of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees, and the newly established Steering Committee on Anti-Discrimination, Diversity and Inclusion (CDADI), and by bringing together the multiple actors that shape national diaspora policies, namely parliaments, governments, diaspora associations, non-governmental organisations, the media and research institutions. In this context it invites the Committee of Ministers to:
2.1 draft a White Paper on good practices for diaspora engagement within member States;
2.2 design a methodology for mapping diasporas and carrying out an evaluation of diaspora engagement strategies, in the light of Council of Europe standards for integration and inclusion;
2.3 establish a European forum of diasporas as a platform for international exchanges between different diaspora communities;
2.4 encourage the Congress of Regional and Local Authorities of the Council of Europe to consider the role of local and regional authorities in engaging and co-operating with diaspora members in devising and implementing measures aimed at promoting integration and avoiding exclusion, xenophobia, radicalisation and extremism.