On 3 June 2019, France officially took the chairmanship of the Rabat Process, succeeding Burkina Faso. The handover took place in Brussels, during a Rabat Process Steering Committee meeting. In the video below, representatives of France and Burkina Faso express their views on the past and future priorities of the Dialogue, the role of the Secretariat, and the importance and impact of a regional dialogue such as the Rabat Process on migration. 

Organised by the European Commission since 2006, the European Development Days (EDD) is an annual forum that brings together the development community. The Rabat Process Secretariat was present at the 13th edition of the EDDs, which focused on “Addressing Inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind”. It participated in the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) expert panel to discuss inequalities along migration journeys, drawing on examples from West Africa, Central America and from Europe.

Senior Officials’ meeting (SOM) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 12th and 13th February 2019
Following the adoption of the cooperation programme governing the dialogue for the period 2018-2020, the Rabat Process partners met on 12th and 13th February 2019 in Ouagadougou for a Senior Officials’ Meeting with the main objective of launching the implementation of the Marrakech Action Plan 2018-2020.

The "Support to Africa-EU Migration and Mobility Dialogue (MMD)" is an EU-funded project aiming to create a meaningful partnership on migration cooperation between Africa and Europe. Watch the video to learn more about the MMD and its components, which also include support to the Rabat Process.

The Joint Valletta Action Plan (JVAP) was adopted at the Valletta Summit on Migration in 2015 by the partners of the Rabat Process and the Khartoum Process. This infographic highlights the progress that has since been achieved by the involved stakeholders. The infographic provides up-to-date insights into the JVAP Database, which contains information about projects and policies in Africa and Europe, addressing the five thematic domains of the JVAP.

Paris, 23-24 October 2018, hosted by France and co-chaired by Senegal.
The root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement are a priority topic in the international cooperation between Africa and Europe. In light of the importance and complexity of the topic, the Rabat Process partners organised a Thematic Meeting exclusively focusing on the root causes of irregular migration in the Rabat Process region. The participating partner countries and stakeholders closely examined this multi-faceted topic and worked towards a common understanding and solutions. The meeting resulted in joint recommendations and conclusions by the co-chairs.

Forced displacement is a complex phenomenon that can be traced back to a multitude of interlinked root causes and triggers. The protracted humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Lake Chad Basin has led to one of today’s major forced displacement crises. Since 2013, it has already caused the displacement of over 2.3 million people - within and across state borders. The Boko Haram insurgency - one of the most well-known and major causes - is not the only responsible factor. This infographic by the Rabat Process Secretariat aims at untangling the complex root causes and triggers responsible for forced displacement in the Lake Chad Basin.

Since the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Rabat Process in May 2018, Burkina Faso fulfils the role of Chair of the Rabat Process Steering Committee for the duration of one year. In this capacity, the Ministry of African Integration and Burkinabè Abroad took the initiative to organise a coordination meeting to actively involve national stakeholders in the activities that Burkina Faso pursues during its chairmanship. To this end, a national coordination meeting will be held in Ouagadougou on 27 September 2018 to widely disseminate information about the Rabat Process.

After more than a decade of fruitful cooperation in matters of migration and development under the Rabat Process, Ministers and high-level representatives of the European Union and North, West and Central Africa came together in the 5th Ministerial Conference of the Euro-African Dialogue on Migration and Development to define a new strategic framework for governing the dialogue in the 2018-2020 period.