The COVID-19 pandemic put a halt on all return and reintegration measures between Europe and Africa so what is the current situation of migration partnerships and governance and how has it evolved? The perceived rise in migratory movement of African migrants towards Europe created legal and policy chain reactions in Europe focused on stemming irregular migration. These changes include the establishment and externalisation of an EU-led migration governance in Africa and increased EU-African political engagement through migration dialogue and partnerships. This paper takes a deep dive into the evolution and the state of play of EU-Africa migration partnerships to unpack lessons learned on transnational migration governance. Drawing from interviews conducted with different stakeholders and experts including officials in the EU and other international organisations, policy analysts at think tanks as well as academics, this paper aims to make empirical contributions to the discourse on migration partnerships and governance.
Olakpe, O., & Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement. (2020). The Evolution of EU-Africa Migration Partnerships: Lessons in Transnational Migration Governance. Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement.