Regional Seminar "Irregular Migration and Security in the Black Sea Region" - Bucharest, 12 - 14 March 2003

The Government of Romania and the International Organization for Migration organized in Bucharest, from 12 to 14 of March 2003, a Regional Seminar "Irregular Migration and Security in the Black Sea Region" addressed to the representatives of BSEC, SECI and SEECP member countries - at the level of senior operational officials and upper level policy and management officials. Regional intergovernmental organizations active in various relevant areas also participated.

The aim of the Seminar was to establish a cooperative dialog on the relationship between regional security and migration and it offered a flexible and work-oriented agenda enabling the identification of the most important challenges that migration raises for States in the Black Sea region, as well as for other States most affected by migration from this region. Special attention was given to the interrelationship of irregular migration and security in the broad region of the participating countries.

The seminar enjoyed the presence of Mr. Mircea Geoana, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania (please see the speech delivered on this ocasion) , Mr. Ioan Rus, the Minister of Interior of Romania and Mr. Brunson McKinley, Director General of the International Organization for Migration.

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