EU Home Affairs Commissioner to launch migration dialogues with Bangladesh and Pakistan
The European Union Commission has announced that EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson will launch in-depth migration dialogues with Bangladesh and Pakistan and announce an additional €3 million for Rohingya refugees.
According to a recent press release issued by the Commission, on November 10 and 11, Johansson will travel to Bangladesh, where she will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, several ministers, as well as representatives of the UN and civil society.
During his meeting in Bangladesh, Johansson will launch an in-depth dialogue on migration and mobility. The dialogue will include the possibility of increasing cooperation to combat migrant smuggling, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“Substantial progress in cooperation on readmission has been made and, in this context, should this progress continue, the Commission will consider withdrawing its proposal under the Visa Code mechanism (Article 25a)” , underlined the Commission.
In addition, Commissioner Johansson will also announce additional aid of €3 million for Rohingya refugees and then visit projects for the sustainable reintegration of returnees from Bangladesh.
Once the visit to Bangladesh is over, Commissioner Johansson will continue her mission in Pakistan. On November 12 and 14, Johansson will meet with the representative of the government of Pakistan, where she will discuss the implementation of the readmission agreement between the EU and Pakistan.
Furthermore, during his stay in Pakistan, Johansson will also discuss stepping up the joint fight against migrant smuggling and the possibility of increasing EU-Pakistan cooperation on legal migration.
“The Commissioner will discuss the implementation of the EU-Pakistan readmission agreement, the intensification of the joint fight against migrant smuggling, as well as the possibility of increasing cooperation on legal migration, in to launch a talent partnership”, reads the Commission statement.
The Commission further revealed that Johansson will also discuss during his visit to Pakistan the launch of a Global Dialogue on Migration, which would allow for an annual discussion between the EU and Pakistan on all issues related to migration and mobility.
In addition to the above, the Commission made two other announcements. The Commission said that President von der Leyen together with Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson will visit Moldova to offer financial support and tools to help the country cope with the energy crisis caused by the reduction in Gazprom deliveries.
On the other hand, the Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, will visit Japan during this period to strengthen environmental relations.