“The Central Mediterranean Contact Group facilitates the exchange of information among European and African countries affected by migration via the Central Mediterranean route.”

The objective of the meeting was “the adoption of a declaration setting out measures to ensure the protection of migrants and refugees, including:

  • Improving conditions in detention centres in Libya
  • Support for voluntary return to countries of origin
  • Ensuring safe and regular migration routes for refugees
  • Combating smuggling of migrants”

The meeting adopted a Declaration of Intent.

from the press release:

“Switzerland welcomes the adoption by the participants of the meeting of a joint declaration setting out measures to ensure protection of the most vulnerable. The objectives include improving conditions in migrant detention centres in Libya (particularly for women, children and unaccompanied minors) and identifying alternatives to detention. It has also been decided to step up support for voluntary return of migrants—while safeguarding their dignity—and the reintegration of migrants in their countries of origin.

The declaration also calls for the strengthening of asylum and protection structures along the Central Mediterranean migration route and the improvement of measures to prevent the smuggling of migrants and to combat human trafficking. It emphasises the need to address the root causes of the problems by creating opportunities in the migrants’ countries of origin as an alternative to irregular migration and migrant smuggling.”

Background information on the meeting:


Declaration of Intent:


Press release: