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July 2015 Monthly Update
In this issue In the spotlight: Towards a new European Neighbourhood Policy on Migration

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Changing political power structures, instability and armed conflicts in Europe's neighbourhood have prompted the EU to reassess its approach towards its neighbouring countries in the East and South of its borders. The last review took place in 2011, after the Arab Spring. Now the EU is reviewing its Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in the context of what is widely perceived as a European 'migration crisis'. In this issue of our monthly newsletter, we share ICMPD's Contribution Paper to the ENP review, which we submitted to the European Commission. We also feature selected ICMPD activities and projects in the region.

EU Neighbourhood Policy should focus more on migration and mobility

The European Union should use the ongoing revision of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) to build a single, coherent policy framework for migration for all neighbouring countries in the East and South, ICMPD recommends. In its new Consultation Paper, which feeds into the current ENP review, ICMPD underlines that cooperation needs to build upon clearly formulated longer term objectives, defining what the EU expects, and what its neighbours want to achieve. It will be crucial to engage in a process of identifying common ground that is both collective and inclusive, so as to develop consensus and a joint vision towards a better management of both migration and mobility and to together promote rights and responsibilities. Credibility of Europe's approach towards its neighbours hinges upon the extent to which it will be able to listen to their views, needs and priorities.

Contribution to the ENP review  |  Our work in the East and in the South

Desperation leaves Syrian refugees open to exploitation

Which impact do the Syrian war and refugee crisis have on trafficking in persons in the region? ICMPD is currently carrying out an assessment which will form the basis for well-informed responses  in the future, with the aim of reducing the likelihood of trafficking cases.  Preliminary research  findings show that low-level forms of trafficking are more common in Syria and the surrounding region than trafficking committed by organised criminal groups, ICMPD's Research Officer Claire Healy writes in her commentary. Desperation leaves many of the 12 million displaced people, often children, open to exploitation. Securing their basic needs as well as those of trafficking victims, i.e. employment, accommodation and healthcare, would help reduce the incidence of trafficking.

Learn more about human trafficking in Syria   |  Read the project description

New data and analysis of migration trends in Ukraine

The summer issue of the 'Prague Process Quarterly Review' is out and features, amongst others, the newly published 'Migration Profile of Ukraine for the years 2010-2014.  Beyond its importance for migration management, the study can also inform the development of both social and labour policy . Another article in the Prague Process Review looks into the asylum systems currently in place in Eastern Europe, as well as projects aimed at improving the quality, fairness and efficiency of decision making in this field. The Prague Process  is a political initiative aiming to strengthen cooperation between the EU and the Eastern Neighbourhood in the area of migration and asylum through dialogue and joint projects. ICMPD acts as the secretariat of the Prague Process. 

Download the Quarterly Review  |  Visit the Prague Process website  


Changing the narrative on Mediterranean migration

In the Mediterranean context, there is currently a plethora of publications focusing on irregular crossings and refugees fleeing conflict. Migration and people on the move are often portrayed as a threat and a burden to society, rather than an opportunity and an asset.  This is often in complete contradiction with the reality on the ground: migration contributes to fulfilling the needs in many countries in terms of labour, economic and scientific innovation, business development and culture. An ICMPD-led project, EUROMED Migration, has worked on changing the narrative to foster a positive approach to migration, and currently supports the administrations of 10 countries in North Africa and the Middle East in developing holistic policies in this area. In its final report, the project looks back at its achievements and outlines plans to further strengthen dialogue and cooperation between the EU and its Southern Neighbours in its next phase. 

Report: Changing the Narrative  |  EUROMED Migration website   

“Libya’s borders are long and we don’t have a common organized system in place to protect them.”

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid has made border security a priority for his administration. The recent tragic events at the Bardo Museum and in Sousse, where more than 50 people were killed in terrorist attacks, show the urgency of responding to deteriorating stability in the region. ICMPD will support the Tunisian authorities in addressing border security issues, including irregular migration and terrorism, while guaranteeing the process of democratic change through a new project. It will aim at strengthening the capacities of Tunisia's national border management agencies. ICMPD has been working closely with Tunisia for more than ten years. 

Our work on Border Management  |  Tunsia and ICMPD deepen cooperation

Photos: European Union, UK Department for International Development  

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EU-funded ENIGMMA project trains a new generation of migration specialists in Georgia

With the links between Georgia and the EU growing ever stronger, a coherent and functional approach to migration management and research is fast becoming a vital necessity for Georgia’s development. It is with this idea in mind that leading academics from around the world came to Kvareli, Georgia, to train a new generation of future experts in migration management.

Find out more about the Project  |  Visit ICMPD in Georgia’s Facebook page

Trafficking: steps the Council of Europe should take to put a truly victim-focused approach into practice

ICMPD’s Director for the Eastern Dimension, Martijn Pluim, spoke at the conference held to mark the 10th anniversary of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. In his speech, Martijn commended the contribution the Convention has made to international cooperation between countries against trafficking in human beings, while also setting out guidelines as to how it could be further enhanced in the next ten years.

Read or watch the full speech  |  ICMPD’s Anti-Trafficking Programme

Addressing irregular migration in the Silk routes region

Countries involved in the Silk Routes region are either points of origin, transit, or destination for irregular migration routes. Officials from 22 countries and multiple international organisations met at the 6th Silk Routes Working Group Meeting to discuss best practices to effectively prevent and counteract criminal networks accountable for irregular migration as well as how to facilitate the return of irregular migrants.

Find out more about the meeting  |  Our work in the Silk Routes region

MICIC consultation: experts seek solutions for migrants affected by crises in Europe's neighbourhood

Preparedness, cooperation and coordination of state actors, international organisations, civil society and the private sector are key to saving lives, reducing vulnerability, and enhancing protection of migrants in countries hit by acute crisis. The consultation allowed for representatives to share experiences and contribute to the formulation of future guidelines aimed at enhancing the assistance and protection of migrants in countries in crisis. Taking place in the context of a new European Migration Agenda, this consultation reiterated the EU’s commitment to addressing migration issues in its neighbourhood. 

Project: Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC)  |  ICMPD’s Brussels Mission


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Study: A Survey on Migration Policies in West Africa

Governments in West Africa continue to make progress towards an area of free movement

In West Africa, the movement of people take places mainly within the region. South-South migration is seven times greater than migration flows from West African countries to other parts of the world. This regional migration plays a crucial role in promoting development and poverty reduction, as well as contributing to the regional integration process in West Africa and strengthening the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), established in 1975. Forty years after the foundation of ECOWAS, it is time to take stock of the progress made and the challenges ahead in promoting free movement in West Africa. The new publication “A Survey on Migration Policies in West Africa”, jointly prepared by ICMPD and IOPM does exactly that. It is the first comprehensive study on migration policies in the region, analysing policies and trends in 15 countries.

Download the study in English or French. Parts of the publication are also available in Portuguese

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The project ‘Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa (FMM West Africa) aims to boost the development potential of free movement and migration in West Africa. The Non-State Actors (NSA) Fund seeks to strengthen the capacities of NSAs and local public authorities to promote and protect the rights of migrants and to develop networks and cross-border cooperation projects through a call for proposals.


15 July

THB/IfS: Workshop on Transnational and National Referral Mechanisms in Baku, Azerbaijan

23 July

LEGINT: Final workshop for the pilot study on integration processes of newly arrived immigrants in Vienna, Austria

27-31 July

THB/IfS: Training on Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment in Chisinau, Moldova

27-31 July

FMM West Africa: Support to ECOWAS Annual Review Meeting, and training of ECOWAS National Focal Points in Abuja, Nigeria

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