The Istanbul Commitments on the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration
The Budapest Process held its 6th Ministerial Conference in Istanbul on 19-20 February 2019, and close to 40 countries adopted the “Istanbul Commitments on the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration” and its action plan “A Call for Action – a five year plan”.
This political declaration and action plan build upon the achievements of the 2013 Istanbul Ministerial Declaration on a Silk Routes Partnership for Migration while taking into account the migration developments of the past years. It introduces five commitments to be upheld in migration management:
- to partnership
- to comprehensive migration management
- to human rights
- to support and solidarity
- to knowledge.
The "Call for Action - a five year plan" lists actions under the 2013 six priority areas identified for cooperation:
- prevent and counteract irregular migration, facilitate return and readmission of irregular migrants, and combat criminal networks involved in smuggling of migrants
- legal migration and mobility
- integration of migrants and counteracting phenomena such as discrimination, racism and xenophobia
- migration and development
- prevent and combat trafficking in persons and
- promote international protection.
The Budapest Process will now focus on the implementation of the five-year action plan.