Doc. 10719

12 October 2005

Migration and mobility in the Eurasian Region – Prospects for the Future

Motion for a recommendation

presented by Mr Çavuşoğlu and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

1.       Throughout centuries migration movements and human mobility have played an important role in the common history and socio-economic as well as cultural development of Europe and Asia.

2.       The First Euro-Asian Parliamentary Forum on Migration, co-organised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Almaty on 15 – 16 September 2005 confirmed the considerable interest of the Eurasian continents to work closer together on migration and related issues.

3.       The Declaration adopted by the Forum agreed to new joint parliamentary initiatives being launched with a view to improve and harmonise policies dealing with the situation of migrants and the management of migration in the Euro-Asian region. The problem of irregular migrants, often linked to criminal activities, was a particularly urgent problem to be taken up.

4.       Socio-economic development in the Region is dependent on a mobile work force, access to capital and the free movements of goods and ideas. Working migration and mobility, including student mobility and exchanges among higher education teachers and researchers, should therefore be given special attention. The involvement of migrants in co-development projects, including the use of remittances, opens new perspectives of co-operation.

5.       Therefore, the Parliamentary Assembly recommends that the Committee of Ministers:

5.1.       Involve Asian Countries in its work on migration, in particular the meetings of the Political Platform on Migration;

5.2.       Encourage its relevant Steering and Expert Committees to examine the opportunity of starting a dialogue with Asian countries with regard to migration and related issues;

5.3.       To undertake such work in close co-operation with other relevant international organisations.

Signed (see overleaf)

Signed 1:

ÇAVUŞOĞLU, Mevlüt, Turkey, EDG

ALIYEV, Bakhtiyar, Azerbaijan, SOC

BOUSAKLA, Mimount, Belgium, SOC

BRAJOVIĆ, Ivan, Serbia and Montenegro, SOC

BRANGER, Jean-Guy, France, EPP/CD


CHUKOLOV, Dessislav, Bulgaria, NR

DENDIAS, Nikolaos, Greece, EPP/CD


GREENWAY, John, United Kingdom, EDG

GÜLÇIÇEK, Ali Riza, Turkey, SOC

HAGBERG, Michael, Sweden, SOC

HAGBERG, Michael, Sweden, SOC

ILAŞCU, Ilie, Romania, NR

IWIŃSKI, Tadeusz, Poland, SOC

KOVAČIČ, Dimitrij, Slovenia, EPP/CD

KVAKKESTAD, André, Norway, EDG

LINDINGER, Ewald, Austria, SOC

MENDOZA, José, Spain, ALDE

OSKINA, Vera, Russia, EDG

ÖZAL, İbrahim, Turkey, EPP/CD

PŘIDAL, Alojz, Slovakia, EPP/CD

REYMANN, Marc, France, EPP/CD

SALLES, Rudy, France, ALDE

SLUTSKY, Leonid, Russia, SOC

STOISITS, Terezija, Austria, SOC

TKÁČ, Vojtech, Slovakia, SOC

ZAPFL-HELBLING, Rosmarie, Switzerland, EPP/CD

1        SOC: Socialist Group

      EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party

      ALDE: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

      EDG: European Democratic Group

      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left

      NR: not registered in a group