More than 50 African civil society organizations and members of the continent Diaspora met on 28-29 August 2017 in Bamako to discuss the Global protocol on African Migration.
The focal point of the two days workshops concerned the main factors of mobility in Africa (poverty, conflict, climate change, the future of the youth, human rights, social inclusion, Cohesion and integration; xenophobia and racism.
The participators declared in the "Bamako Declaration" their concern about migration policies and the constraint of European countries. The African organizations have also expressed their concern about the growing number of selective centers in African countries to restraint migration to Europe. Centers that make asylum claims practically impossible and are a violation to the Geneva Convention and the African Union Convention on Refugees.
The "Bamako Declaration" also appeals African countries to recognize that migration is a fundamental right, to reject agreements on the establishment of selective centers with the European Union and protect the interests of African migrants.
The appeal also promotes the establishment of African policies that promote citizenship and the rights of accompanied and unaccompanied children ; to have an African migration policy that recognizes the decisive role of the migrant ; to provide the framework able to promote the migrants dignity.
The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss the content of the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, which emerged from the High-Level Summit on Refugees and Migration on 19 September 2016 in New York.