Other RCPs and Forums on Labour Migration

Regional Consultative Processes (RCPs) are repeated, regional meetings of states dedicated to discussing migration. They vary greatly in their composition, history, purpose and organizational frameworks. However, the RCPs share several principal characteristics: they are informal, helping to break down barriers to cooperation; they are non-binding in that states do not negotiate binding rules and are not obligated to implement any changes following meetings; they were purposefully created to deal with migration issues; their definition of “regional” is flexible, usually depending on what is logical in light of the scope of the migration issue that is to be addressed; they are processes and, therefore, must meet more than once; and, generally despite not being associated with formal regional institutions, they are embedded within the regional context interacting with regional institutions in complex ways.

Cooperation with other dialogue forums is the key priority of the Colombo Process. Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) and Asia-EU Dialogue are of particular importance to the Colombo Process, given that the Colombo Process was a catalyst for the inception of the both dialogues.

The Colombo Process is increasingly seeking cooperation with other global and regional forums and associations, such as Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) since the issues of contractual labour and overseas employment are becoming prominent in these forums.