Ongoing Projects

Eastern Partnership (EaP) - Integrated Border Management - Capacity Building Project

Objective: The overall objective is to facilitate the movement of persons and goods across borders in the six EaP countries, while at the same time maintaining secure borders through the enhancement of inter-agency cooperation, bilateral and multi-lateral cooperation among the target countries, EU member States and other international stakeholders. 

The specific objectives:
  • Contribute to the establishment of a modern training system in the six beneficiary countries according to EU best practices
  • Enhance operational capacities by providing operational and country specific capacity building activities on specified topics based on needs identified by the beneficiary institutions
  • Awareness raising and support to the fight against corruption in the six EaP countries
  • Awareness raising and support to the improvement of the respect for human rights for persons crossing borders
  • Where applicable to contribute to a smooth operationalization of visa liberalisation.
Target Groups: 
  • Decision makers from ministries and national authorities responsible for border management and customs of the beneficiary countries within the ENPI East Region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine)
  • Senior and mid-management and operational officials from border, immigration and law enforcement agencies, customs, plant (products) inspection services, live animal and foodstuff inspection services and human health inspection services of said countries.
  • Public organs defending citizens' rights (e.g. ombudsman's offices or equivalent), as well as economic actors (i.e. national business or traders' associations) could be involved in the action when appropriate.
Final beneficiaries: 
  • Bona fide travellers and regular migrants as well as economic/commercial operators.
  • Persons in need of special protection, such as asylum seekers, potential victims of human trafficking, unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable categories.
Implementing Agency: led by Frontex in Partnership with IOM, WCO and ICMPD

Donor: European Commission (ENPI)

Duration: July 2014 – June 2017 

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine    


Technical Assistance for Improving Administrative Capacity of Border Management at Local Level (IBM-LOC-CAP)

Objective: The overall objective of this project is to achieve the EU overall strategic goal of open and secure borders by developing and strengthening Turkey’s institutional capacity for alignment with EU integrated border management policy. 

The specific objectives are to:
  • Raise awareness and increase capacity in civil administration, notably district governors responsible for border management issues on local level, on border management;
  • Promote an enabling environment for comprehensive IBM among civil administrators through sustainable training approach and methodology.
Implementing Agency: ICMPD 

: European Union (IPA-I)

Duration: October 2016 – March 2018

: Turkey    


Support to Migration and Border Management in Armenia (MIBMA)

Objective: The overall objective of the action is to enhance approximation of the migration and border management in Armenia to the European standards of governance, in order to increase security, facilitate trade, and support the possible visa liberalisation dialogue between the European Union and Armenia.

The specific objectives are to:
  • To increase Government capacities for migration and asylum management in line with the EU-Armenia Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements and Mobility Partnership, to prepare for the possible EU-Armenia visa liberalisation dialogue
  • To strengthen inter-agency cooperation through further extension of the IBM concept and its principles into Armenia’s border management system with a focus on core areas such as the simplification and harmonisation of procedures; to improve the service level for end users; to facilitate trade; and to further develop transport corridors
Implementing Agency: ICMPD (lead), UNDP (partner)

: European Union 

Duration: January 2016 – December 2018

: Armenia

For more information, please visit the MIBMA website.


Border Management Programme in Central Asia (9th phase)

Objective: The overall wider objective is to increase effectiveness and efficiency of border management in Central Asia by introducing advanced elements of the Integrated Border Management (IBM), assisting governments in developing and reforming their migration governance, mobility and trade facilitation policies, strengthening capacities of Border and Migration Agencies, and, thus contributing to the security and economic development at national and regional levels.

The specific objectives are to:
  • To sustain institutional development in the transition to more effective and efficient methods of border management, replicating best practices of the IBM paradigm
  • To develop legal and procedural instruments, as well as advanced practices to manage regular and irregular migration at borders, in compliance with international norms and standards
  • To introduce measures to increase the efficiency of border checks and procedures facilitating licit trade and transit of goods and countering various forms of smuggling
Implementing Agency: Consortium of partners under the lead of the Stat Border Guard of Latvia

: European Union 

Duration: June 2015-June 2018

: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

For more information, please visit BOMCA's website.


Border Management and Border Communities in the Sahel region

Objective: The overall objective of the action is to support the development and initial implementation of strategies to improve interaction of legitimate State border management authorities with local population. in three trans-boundary areas of the Sahel. Specifically, that the ICMPD action provides trainings and technical assistance on border management to the agencies involved in the border management of the five Sahel countries to ensure that involvement of border communities is developed into policy and plans for the three selected trans-boundary areas:

  • Mauritania – Mali border (area of Bassikounou)
  • Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger (Liptakoa-Gourma ‘triangle’
  • Niger-Chad (Lake Chad)
Implementing Agency: UNDP in partnership with ICMPD

: Government of Japan

Duration: July 2015 – July 2016

: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger


Support Programme to the Government of Tunisia in the area of Integrated Border Management

Objective: The overall objective of the project is to support the modernisation and strengthening of the capacities of the Tunisian national border management system, notably in terms of the fight against cross-border crime and the prevention of irregular migration, which will be achieved through the following actions:

  • Support the set-up of a National coordinated policy on integrated border management
  • Support the modernisation and strengthening of the Tunisian national system in charge of Border checks and land and sea border surveillance
Implementing Agency: ICMPD

: European Union and Switzerland

Partners: France, Switzerland

Duration: May 2015 – November 2017

: Tunisia


Better coordination of protection of the land border between Georgia and Azerbaijan (Ge Az IBM)

Objective: The overall objective of the project is to improve the operational capacities of the border agencies of Azerbaijan and Georgia by organising and carrying out coordinated operations at the green border, leading to an eventual positive impact on overall security in the region and in the whole European Neighbourhood. More specifically, the project seeks to:

  • support the institutional development and capacity building of the Georgian Border Police and State Border Service of Azerbaijan, including building capacity to conduct coordinated and joint actions and exchange of information as appropriate
  • improve the operational capacities of the Georgian Border Police and State Border Service of Azerbaijan through provision of better infrastructure and modern technology.
Implementing Agency: UNDP in partnership with ICMPD

Donor: European Union

Duration: November 2014September 2017

Countries: Georgia and Azerbaijan

In addition to the Competence Centre for Border Management & Visa, ICMPD's Brussels Mission, through its MIEUX II programme, carries out capacity building projects that deal with border management and visa issues.


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