“Managing Migration Together”

18 Foreign and Interior Ministers from the Western Balkans attend Conference on Migration in Vienna

Convened on the initiative of Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz and Minister of the Interior Johanna Mikl-Leitner, the conference “Managing Migration Together” was held today at the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

Alongside Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz and Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner, the Foreign and Interior Ministers of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia took part in the conference, which sought to promote the closest possible coordination with the affected countries regarding the current migration challenges. “The refugee crisis is the greatest challenge currently facing the European Union. Close cooperation and quick decisions are therefore essential”, Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz stressed.

Border management and cooperation with third countries

The topics dealt with in the conference’s first panel discussion, which mainly focused on internal security, included effective border management, combating people smuggling and fighting extremism. The second panel discussion focused primarily on foreign policy issues, such as measures aimed at addressing the root causes of migration and people fleeing their home countries, cooperation with third countries as well as information and awareness-raising activities in countries of origin.

Two weeks ago Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz visited the Western Balkan states, where he engaged in an intensive exchange of views and experience inter alia with his counterparts on current challenges in the context of the refugee crisis.

Today’s conference marks a further important step towards addressing these challenges.

 

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