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First, what is “ACP”?,
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the “ACP-EC Partnership Agreement” which binds them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific.

Second, what are the main objectives of the “ACP”?
Sustainable development of its Member-States and their gradual integration into the global economy, which entails making poverty reduction a matter of priority and establishing a new, fairer, and more equitable world order.

Third, what countries are part of the “ACP”?
Angola – Antigua and Barbuda – Belize – Cape Verde – Comoros – Bahamas – Barbados – Benin – Botswana – Burkina Faso – Burundi – Cameroon – Central African Republic – Chad – Congo (Brazzaville) – Congo (Kinshasa) – Cook Islands – Cote d’Ivoire – Cuba – Djibouti – Dominica – Dominican Republic – Eritrea – Ethiopia – Fiji – Gabon – Gambia – Ghana – Grenada – Republic of Guinea – Guinea-Bissau – Equatorial Guinea – Guyana – Haiti – Jamaica – Kenya – Kiribati – Lesotho – Liberia – Madagascar – Malawi – Mali – Marshall Islands – Mauritania – Mauritius – Micronesia – Mozambique – Namibia – Nauru – Niger – Nigeria – Niue – Palau – Papua New Guinea – Rwanda – St. Kitts and Nevis – St. Lucia – St. Vincent and the Grenadines – Solomon Islands – Samoa – Sao Tome and Principe – Senegal – Seychelles – Sierra Leone – Somalia – South Africa – Sudan – Suriname – Swaziland – Tanzania – Timor Leste – Togo – Tonga – Trinidad and Tobago – Tuvalu – Uganda – Vanuatu – Zambia – Zimbabwe

Fourth, what is the “ACP MIGRATION” site about?
The Overviews presented here are due to the direct monitoring of migration and development, which provide a background on migration within ACP countries, as well as the documentation of human development trends and research and training needs in ACP countries and regions.

They provide a snapshot of main trends and migration themes in terms of immigration, emigration, remittances, diasporas, labour migration, migration and the environment and other pertinent subjects.

In other words, ACP Migration Observatory monitors the movement of people and money from one ACP member country to another.

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Mission and Vision


To support ACP States in a process aiming at improving the management of Intra-ACP migration flows and enhancing their positive impact on development.

The Intra-ACP Migration Facility intends to support the ACP countries and regions in understanding and managing migratory flows in order to maximize their impact on development.

ACP Migration is primarily focused on migration within the ACP area, namely the 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

Direct beneficiaries are national institutions, regional organisations as well as civil society organisations active in the field of migration.

Its indirect beneficiaries are all state and non-state actors involved in the process of consultation on the theme of Migration and Development and, beyond, the migrants themselves, their families, their communities, their countries of origin and destination.

To link Migration and Development

ACP Migration encourages governments and regional organisations to integrate migration into public policies, both general and sector-oriented. Therefore, it strives to contribute to the sustainable development of these countries and regions, and to improve rights and living conditions of both migrants and non migrants.

The Facility falls within the framework of the international dialogue on migration and responds to the willingness, shared by the ACP Group of States and the European Union, to consider migration in relation to development.

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Immigration – Emigration?

Migration issues are deeply embedded in the respective national contexts, economically and politically. However, looking at regions in their entirety, patterns do emerge: a large number of African countries are simultaneously emigration, immigration and transit countries, while Caribbean and Pacific countries are for the most part countries of net emigration, due to their proximity to the United States, Australia or New Zealand.

Immigration: “the action of coming to live permanently in a foreign country.”
[The movement OUTBOUND from where you were leaving; the “SENDING” country]

Emigration: “the act of leaving one’s native country with the intent to settle permanently or temporarily elsewhere.”
[The movement INBOUND; the country where you are going; the “RECEIVING” country]

Means of Intervention

Method of Intervention
Leading Regional Organizations and National Institutions

Six ACP Regional institutions (one each per region) have been identified and mandated by the ACP Group to act as the lead regional organization of the Facility. Twelve ACP governmental institutions dealing with migration and development issues have also been selected and mandated by the ACP Group of States to act as the lead national institution of the Facility. These institutions are given on-site technical assistance and act as facilitators of the national and regional consultation and dialogue on migration and Development.


The Facility helps create the conditions for dialogue among all stakeholders in the field of migration and development, by promoting the establishment of consultation structures.

The purpose of these consultation structures is to develop proposals dealing with migration and development, with the goal of having them be included by policy-makers in development strategies and policies.
Ultimately, these structures should lead to regular and sustainable dialogue between all stakeholders, including civil society.

Opportunities for dialogue between both national and regional institutions, as well as between all ACP partners, are sought and encouraged in order to harmonize the approaches of the various stakeholders, to share best practices, and to build on achievements.

Organizational Structure


The ACP Secretariat is the contracting authority and the Regional Authorising Officer of the Facility, based on the decentralised management procedures of the EDF (European Development Fund).

A Steering Committee determines the general orientation of the Facility, approves the multi-annual work programme and verifies the Project Management Unit’s (PMU) annual work plans. The Steering Committee meets once a year in Brussels. It consists of representatives from the ACP Secretariat (one of whom is the Chairman of the Steering Committee), ACP regional organisations (a maximum of six), the African Union and competent persons in ACP countries and the EU Member States who have proven experience of Intra-ACP migration issues. The European Commission will participate in an observatory role. The PMU acts as the secretariat for the Steering Committee.

A restricted Steering Committee has been created and gathers regularly to monitor the implementation of the three components. Members meet every six weeks under the convening of the ACP Secretariat.

Implementation of Components 1 and 3 (Building institutional and civil society) is implemented by the PMU in Brussels.

Implementation of Component 2 (Network of Observatories and Analysis of ACP Migration) is implemented by the ACP Observatories on Migration.

The PMU:

1 long-term expert as Team Leader (PMU imprest manager);
1 long-term Administration and Finance Expert (PMU imprest accountant);
1 long-term Senior expert for Institutional support and migration issues;
1 long-term Management Assistant;
1 short-term expert for Intra-ACP coordination and capitalisation;
Support staff to handle the functioning of the PMU;
Short-term on-call experts.

ACP countries and regions:

6 regional TAs (Technical Assistants) assigned to the 6 ACP regions (1 per region);
6 national TAs assigned to the 12 pilot countries (1 per 2 countries).

These Technical Assistants are accommodated by the mandated institutions within their service by the provision of an adequate work environment, in particular a fully equipped office.

Coordination amongst the six ACP regions is assured by a short-term expert in charge of Intra-ACP coordination and capitalisation. Intra-ACP coordination is addressed primarily through the framework of annual seminars aimed at bringing together the focal points of the six regional institutions and the twelve mandated national institutions, as well as civil society representatives, so as to capitalise upon and share best practices and to maximise the resources allocated to the project.