Lagos hosted conference “The North-South Dialogue on Migration”

Lagos was the municipality chosen to host, at the end of March, the conference “The North-South Dialogue on Migration”, […]

Conference migrationsLagos was the municipality chosen to host, at the end of March, the conference “The North-South Dialogue on Migration”, promoted in cooperation with the Division of Support to Parliamentary Projects of the Parliamentary Assembly, the North-South Center of the Council of Europe and the Portuguese Parliament.

The conference, which took place at the Hotel Vila Galé Lagos, was attended by representatives of various European and international entities linked to this theme, and by the deputies of the Assembly of the Republic from the circle of Algarve, Miguel Freitas and Artur Rego.

Júlio Miranda Calha, vice-president of the Portuguese Parliament, João Faria, head of the Political Sector of the Representation of the European Commission in Portugal, Maria Joaquina Matos, Mayor of Lagos, Jean- Marie Heydt, President of the North-South Center of the Council of Europe, and António Braga, President of the Subcommittee on Cooperation with Non-European Countries of Origin and Transit.

Conference migrationsIn her brief speech, and after wishing everyone a welcome to the municipality of Lagos, Maria Joaquina Matos made a point of recalling that “in Portugal, and also here in the Algarve, this is a theme that reality imposes on us, especially emigration , which again felt strongly in recent years, and that with the reduction in immigration and the drop in the number of births, it is today the biggest problem facing the country…”

For the mayor, these are “great problems and challenges for everyone, especially for the rulers, for the politicians elected by the European peoples, who will have to find ways, within the high values ​​of the Europe of Enlightenment, the Europe of Citizens, to continue as a great space for welcoming, for dialogue and meeting peoples, for consensus, in short, for peace, in a world so dangerously unstable in which we are living”.

For two days, themes such as “Migrations and development”, “North-South migrations: what challenges?”, “Integration of migrants in Europe” and “Diaspora: bridge between the North and the South” were discussed during the conference.

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