Istanbul, 27-28 November 2017 – The meeting brought over seventy-five senior officials from 36 countries and 7 international and regional organisations to discuss the Call for Action on large movements of refugees and migrants which is to be adopted at a Ministerial Conference in October 2018.
The Call for Action proposed by Turkey – Chair of the Budapest Process – focuses on a set of overarching commitments and priority goals that are deriving from the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration. It follows the logic of the migration flows and starts with priority goals furthering pathways for legal migration and improving the conditions in countries of origin. It moves on to priority goals managing on-going migratory movements and the last block handles the aftermath and consequences of large movements. Over one and a half days countries engaged in constructive and vivid discussions on the draft text which will be updated and further discussion in March 2018.
The Call for Action intends to strengthen the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration and make it more functional with regard to large movements of refugees and migrants. Prior to November senior officials meeting two consultations have been already held regarding the Ministerial Conference: a Consultation Meeting for all participating countries and international organisations in March 2017 in Istanbul and a drafting meeting in September 2017 in Ankara, which gathered the Silk Routes countries as well as the donors to the Budapest Process.
The preparatory process in 2018 will include three preparatory meetings – in March, June and October, and an expert level consultation meeting in September. Exact dates and location of the above events will be announced by the Secretariat of the Budapest Process in due course.