The Migration and Human Trafficking Collective is a task group dedicated to collaborative thinking by Emmaus Movement stakeholders on issues related to migration and trafficking. It meets at least once a year and is hosted by European Emmaus groups wishing to be involved, or at any other venue decided by the association’s administrators.
Through its location in Europe and its depth of know-how, Emmaus has shown it is possible to implement alternative solutions to support the inclusion of people from all walks of life. The expertise acquired by Emmaus groups helps inform thinking both in terms of practical guidelines and political stances, which in turn fuels a lobbying campaign. The aim is to generate proposals that facilitate the work of groups at grassroots level and help defend the values of the Emmaus Movement in concrete terms at local, national and European levels.
As a relay on the ground for the policy guidelines agreed by the Movement’s decision-making bodies, the Migration and Human Trafficking Collective assumes the role of a spokesperson reporting the actions and proposals made by groups. This forum for information, mobilisation and coordination provides a platform to exchange good practices while also highlighting the obstacles encountered by groups on a daily basis. Meetings of the Collective are an opportunity to meet other specialist organisations such as the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the UN High Commission for Refugees and Migreurop, and to bear witness to reality on the ground, for example in the Calais jungle. They also offer a chance to reach out to civil society and lobby political decision-makers.
The minutes of the Migration and Human Trafficking Collective meetings are available in the member area.