The Commission of the European Union has announced that the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, will launch comprehensive migration dialogues with Bangladesh and Pakistan and will announce a further €3 million for Rohingya refugees.

According to a recent press release issued by the Commission, on November 10 and 11, Johansson will visit Bangladesh, where she will meet with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, several ministers, as well as UN and civil society representatives.

During her meeting in Bangladesh, Johansson will launch a comprehensive dialogue on migration and mobility. The dialogue will include the possibility to increase cooperation to fight migrant smuggling, reports.

‘Substantial progress on readmission cooperation has been made and, in this context, should this progress be sustained, the Commission will consider withdrawing its proposal under the visa code mechanism (Article 25a),” the Commission highlighted.

Additionally, Commissioner Johansson will also announce a further €3 million in support for Rohingya refugees and will then visit projects for sustainable reintegration of returnees from Bangladesh.

After the visit to Bangladesh is over, Commissioner Johansson will continue her mission to Pakistan. On November 12 and 14, Johansson will meet with the government representative of Pakistan, where she will discuss the implementation of the Readmission Agreement between the EU and Pakistan.

Moreover, while in Pakistan, Johansson will also discuss the stepping up of the joint fight against the smuggling of migrants and the possibility to increase the EU-Pakistan cooperation on legal migration.

“The Commissioner will discuss the implementation of the EU-Pakistan Readmission Agreement, the stepping up of the joint fight against migrant smuggling, as well as the possibility to increase cooperation on legal migration, in view of launching a Talent Partnership,” the statement of the Commission reads.

The Commission has further revealed that Johansson will also discuss during her visit to Pakistan the launch of a comprehensive migration dialogue, which would allow for annual discussion between the EU and Pakistan on all issues that have to do with migration and mobility.

Apart from the above-mentioned, the Commission made another two announcements. The Commission said that President von der Leyen as well as the Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, will visit Moldova in order to offer financial support and tools to help the country face the energy crisis that has been caused by Gazprom’s reduction of deliveries.

On the other hand, the Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, will be visiting Japan during this period to strengthen the relations in environmental matters.

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