CoMiDe Manifesto on Migration and Development in Europe

Please find the german version of this site here.

If you want to download the Manifesto, you can do that here.

Migrants and diaspora organisations form bridges between their countries of origin and the countries in which they currently live. However, their contributions are not sufficiently acknowledged in development cooperation: missing support structures, a lack of capacity-building programmes, as well as legal barriers, are a hindrance to their engagement.

Therefore CoMiDe calls for:

  1. The recognition of diaspora organisations and migrants as important actors in development and international cooperation;
  2. The recognition of migrants and diaspora organisations’ engagement and their equal status with organizations and institutions involved in the codevelopment
  3. Own support structures specifically for diaspora organisations in development cooperation;
  4. The placement of institutions working on development policy and diaspora organisations on equal footing, and instituting personnel policies that promote migrants in development and international cooperation;
  5. The reduction of legal barriers that hinder the engagement of migrants in development cooperation, such as through the introduction of dual citizenship and easier access to visa and residence permits;
  6. The recognition and promotion of diaspora entrepreneurs as important actors for the economic development of their countries of origin;

The manifesto was adopted by all participants and involved stakeholders at the CoMiDe Conference “Developing developers: Migrants as development actors – A new way forward” in Ljubljana on the 6th of December 2013. It provides actions points on two priority themes: 1) Diaspora Engagement and 2) Diaspora Entrepreneurship.

Watch a video of the endorsement here:

Download the Manifesto here: Essential version, PDFA more comprehensive version of the manifesto exists as well. The introduction of the version linked to below details the production process, mentions the people involved and how and when the manifesto was adopted:

Download the extended version of the Manifesto here: Extended version, PDF