The 20th British-Irish Council Summit took place at Magee College, Derry~Londonderry, on 21st June 2013. The meeting was chaired by the Northern Ireland First Minister, the Rt. Hon. Peter Robinson MLA, and the Deputy First Minister, Mr. Martin McGuinness MLA and brought together leaders from the UK and Irish Governments, the devolved administrations of the Scottish and Welsh Governments and Northern Ireland Executive, the Isle of Man Government and the Governments of Jersey and Guernsey.
On 30 April and 1st May, the UK Government hosted a workshop at Kew Gardens, London on the threat posed to BIC Member Administrations from Invasive Non-Native Species (those animal and plant species not originally from these islands). The workshop was attended by over 35 delegates representing all BIC jurisdictions and followed a decision by Environment Ministers at their last meeting to consider further collaboration on this important issue.
Student mobility is an important component of the migration flows of the BIC Member Administrations. Each year a substantial number of young people will leave home to take up a place at university. At the end of the course many will move again, usually to take up employment or to continue their studies at another higher education institution.