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For a European policy on diasporas

Recommendation 2207 (2021)

Author(s):
Parliamentary Assembly
Origin
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.
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