ICMPD Co-Host Virtual Expert Meeting on European Border Management

State Secretariat for Migration of Switzerland and International Centre for Migration Policy Development, organised an expert meeting for Member States in the framework of its Annual Policy Initiative 2020 (API). This expert meeting was part of a series of events under the API that delves into different aspects of the increasingly complex relationship between migration and security – including border management, protection, security along migration routes and integration.

The event was focused on the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic for mobility to and within Europe and for European border management, stimulating an exchange of experiences and views among senior experts and practitioners involved in border management and cross-border mobility issues.

During the meeting, participants reflected on the impacts of the current crisis on Schengen states and border communities as well as the role of technology in supporting border management and public health functions. They highlighted the main challenges they have faced during the crisis and how national and EU border management systems have reacted.

Experts also discussed lessons learnt thus far regarding borders, security and mobility, including possible future scenarios and ways to prevent and mitigate negative consequences in the future. They also underscored the need to develop a crisis-resilient border management system in Europe. Finally, participants explored the regional and global dimensions of the crisis and its mobility implications, underlining the need for stronger international cooperation.