Participation of Mr. Miltiadis MAKRYGIANNIS, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, at the OSCE Security Days “Refocusing Migration and Security - Bridging National and Regional Responses”, Rome, 4 March 2016

Participation of Mr. Miltiadis MAKRYGIANNIS, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, at the OSCE Security Days “Refocusing Migration and Security - Bridging National and Regional Responses”, Rome, 4 March 2016

Mr. Miltiadis MAKRYGIANNIS, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, participated to the OSCE Security Days Meeting that took place at the premises of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Rome on March 4th.

The main issue of the meeting was “Refocusing Migration and Security - Bridging National and Regional Responses”. During the meeting it was discussed approaches to both the current refugee crisis and structural drivers of mass migration, including conflict, economic imbalances, and climate change. Over 300 representatives of governments, parliaments, civil society, grassroots organizations, international and regional organizations, academics and journalists from OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation agreed that only a combination of strong leadership, inclusive coalitions and a common long-term strategy can effectively address these challenges.                        

During the debate, Mr. Miltiadis MAKRYGIANNIS underlined the strong cooperation ties established between PABSEC and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and stressed that states are not equipped to deal with migration and refugee crisis on their own. He underlined that Europe is experiencing the highest numbers of displacement since the 2nd World War and more people than ever before are forced to flee because of war, conflict and violence. Countries of transit and mainly those in the Balkan route experience refugee and irregular migration flows of huge dimensions and face enormous challenges in dealing with such large numbers of people.

Mr. Makrygiannis also pointed that it is absolutely important to adopt a truly comprehensive and a truly international approach according to which, states must regain control over the present migration flows.

The PABSEC Deputy Secretary General held additional meetings in Rome with officials from the OSCE, OSCE PA and the Italian Parliament.

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