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Project News: Joint conference by DGMM, ICMPD and British Embassy in Ankara held in Antalya
As part of a joint project of Turkey’s Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) and ICMPD with the support of the British Embassy in Ankara, a final executive information, evaluation and strategic planning conference took place in Antalya on 30-31 March.
Over the course of two days, the conference provided participants from DGMM with the opportunity to gain a better picture of the migration landscape both within Turkey and in its immediate neighbourhood.
With over 150 participants from the DGMM field offices and headquarters, by academics and NGO representatives, this conference was unprecedented in terms of scale and reach. During the opening day, DGMM executives were briefed by migration researchers and practitioners on the latest developments in and around Turkey concerning migration. The topics discussed were focussed on international protection, regular migration, integration, irregular migration and return, trafficking in human beings and legal matters and human rights. In addition to providing an overview of what Turkey is facing in terms of migration at the present moment, speakers also shed light on how instability in neighbouring countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan could have an impact on Turkey in the future.
On the second day of the event, DGMM executives participated in thematic workshops where they voiced their specific concerns, needs and recommendations for improving migration management in Turkey. The outcomes of these workshops, facilitated by experts and academics, were synthesized into a concrete list of recommendations to be utilized by the DGMM to further improve its operation work on the ground and develop strategies and policies for the future.