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The Council of the European Union's High Level Working Group (HLWG) on Asylum and Migration (HLWG) is a highly secretive group. The "outcomes" (minutes of its meetings) are not only "partially accessible" (censored) they do not include document references to the matters discussed.

See for example: the publicly available Outcomes of the HLWG meeting on 6 December: Summary of discussions (15407-16, pdf) which is only four pages long because the document is: "DOCUMENT PARTIALLY ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC (20.12.2016)." And the full version: Summary of discussions (LIMITE doc on: 15407-16, pdf) which is 27 pages. The missing 23 pages are in the deleted Annex to the outcomes and concern the:

"GAMM UPDATE 30 November 2016

This document provides an updated overview of the main external migration dialogues and processes implemented in the framework of the EU Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM). The document is compiled for the information of the EU High Level Working Group on Asylum and Migration by the responsible European Commission services, in association with the EEAS.

The Annex provides a detailed list of meetings and initiatives taken by the EU to implement its programme for the return of refugees and the signing of readmission agreements or rather, under its new "Partnership Frameworks", simply "agreements" which are not formally binding and do not involve the European Parliament. "Partnership Frameworks" announced in June are based on the new principle that states, especially in Africa, have to comply or suffer the "consequences" of losing aid and trade deals. See (7 June 2016): Communication: on establishing a new Partnership Framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration (COM 385-16, pdf)


The first initiative was set up in December 2005 at an Informal Summit at Hampton Court Palace as: "The Global approach tomigration: Priority actions focussing on Africa and the Mediterranean". This later became the: "Global Approach to Migration and Mobility" (GAMM) and saw migration as a prominent effect of globalisation and called for dialogue, cooperation and tackling the "root causes of migration", for example, by the: "eradication of poverty in regions of origin."

The GAMM Annex covers

1.  Prague Process
2.  Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration and Asylum
3.  Budapest Process
4.  Africa-EU Migration and Mobility Dialogue
5.   Rabat Process
6.   Khartoum Process
7.   ACP-EU Migration Dialogue
8.   Valletta Summit Follow-up
9.   EU-CELAC Migration Dialogue
12. Russia
14, Asian Countries
15. USA and Brazil,
17. UN

For the record there follows the text of the following meetings of the HLWG and the GAMM Annexes:

6 December 2016: Summary of discussions (LIMITE doc on: 15407-16, pdf)
24 October 2016: Summary of discussions(LIMITE doc no: 13975-16 , pdf)
30 September 2016: Summary of discussions (LIMITE doc no: 12801-16, pdf)
11 July 2016: Summary of discussions (LIMITE doc no:11241-16, pdf)
13 June 2016: Summary of discussions (LIMITE doc no: 10349-16, pdf)
22 April 2016: Summary of discussions (LIMITE doc no 8529-16, pdf)
23 February 2016: Summary of discussions (LIMITE doc no:6351-16, pdf)
14 January 2016: Summary of discussions (LIMITE doc no:5308-16 , pdf)

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