An Africa-EU Partnership on Migration, Mobility and Employment was launched at the 2nd summit in 2007. The 2015 Valletta summit, focusing on migration, brought together European and African Heads of State and Government in an effort to strengthen cooperation and address the current challenges but also the opportunities of migration and development. The 5th African Union-EU Summit will focus on investing in youth. This is a key priority as 60% of the African population is under the age of 25. Future demographic trends will create great challenges for young people in Africa when it comes to employment and migration is a desired opportunity for many. The Africa-EU Partnership is also committed to jointly address global common challenges such as climate change, the protection of the environment, or peace and security.
Kristof Tamas, Director of Delmi, outlined the background to the discussion through a brief presentation of the Delmi Research Overview Migration within and from Africa (2016:5) by Professor Aderanti Adepoju, one of Africa's leading migration researchers. The commentators brought a Swedish perspective of the Africa-EU Partnership and how it addresses the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement, including poverty and climate change.
Rainer Münz, Special adviser on Migration and Demography to the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) at the European Commission.
Kristof Tamas, Director at The Migration Studies Delegation (Delmi).
Nicola Clase, Ambassador and Coordinator for Migration and Refugee Issues at Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Lisa Åkesson, Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the University of Gothenburg and Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala.
Joakim Palme, Chair of Delmi and responsible for the MISTRA GEOPOLITICS workpackage: “Governance in the Anthropocene: responses to global environmental change on national and global levels”.
Göran Holmqvist, Director at SIDA.
Ulla Andrén, Senior Policy Specialist in Migration and Development, SIDA.