Development of Joint Principles, Procedures and Standards on Integration Policies between the Russian Federation and European Partners (ERIS)
Objective: The ERIS project, led by the Czech Republic, the Russian Federation and Austria, sought to contribute to the further development of migration management systems for the integration of legally residing immigrants.
Summary: ERIS specifically aimed to: 1) facilitate the exchange of knowledge on integration policies between project partners regarding the legal, institutional, procedural and organisational requirements for functioning integration policies, 2) establish and maintain institutionalised cooperation between participating partners' migration and integration authorities and 3) to jointly develop principles, procedures and standards on integration policies for all project partners and all states participating in the Prague Process. Challenges and opportunities linked to integration show a number of similarities for all migrant receiving states and societies. At the same time the respective situation regarding immigrant integration differs when it comes to the size of the immigrant populations; the social, cultural and religious backgrounds of migrant communities; and the given immigration history. Thus, states have developed their own answers to general and specific integration challenges, and the exchange of corresponding good practices and lessons learned will add value to the further development of integration policies in participating states. But being embedded in the Prague Process framework, ERIS went a step further. It was implemented through the agreed-upon common format and standardised procedures for implementing the Prague Process Action Plan and resulted in a manual on the principles, procedures and standards for integration policies. The final manual was presented by the leading states at the Prague Process Senior Officials Meeting for endorsement. It now serves as a point of reference in national capacity building for all Prague Process participating states.
Implementing Agency: ICMPD
Partners: Czech Republic (leading state), Austria and Russian Federation
Donors: European Union, Czech Republic and partner states
Duration: February 2013–January 2015
EU-Tunisia Migration Cooperation Agenda (ETMA)
Objective: The project aimed to promote a comprehensive foundation of cooperation on migration between Tunisia and Europe, in the context of Tunisia’s post-revolution recovery. It achieved this overarching objective by fostering the exchange of expertise and know-how and the establishment of an action-oriented dialogue to initiate technical cooperation in the short- and long-term.
Summary: In cooperation with the Tunisian government and at the initiative of ICMPD, the envisaged project was implemented as a concrete follow-up to the conference 'The role of migration in the development of post-revolution Tunisia'. This conference was held by ICMPD from 13–14 July 2011 in Tunis in collaboration with the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the support of Switzerland.
The project addressed six thematic components, namely: (1) mobility/legal migration, (2) diaspora outreach and development, (3) return, readmission and reintegration, (4) border management and document security, (5) pilot projects (addressing integration/re-integration) and (6) migration management strategy development.
Implementing Agency: ICMPD
Partner: Tunisian government
Donor: European Union
Duration: January 2012–December 2014
Building Training and Analytical Capacities on Migration in Moldova and Georgia (GovAc)
Objective: The purpose of GovAc was to set up a durable mechanism which ensured self-sufficient and institutionalised training capacities in Moldova and Georgia for the management of migration and asylum.
Summary: The methodology of GovAc built on the development of cooperation and partnership between government and academia, between beneficiary countries and participating EU Member States and between Georgia and Moldova. More information about the GOVAC project can be found in the most recent GOVAC/REVIS newsletter.
As part of the GOVAC project work plan, Knowledge Transfer Workshops were organised in Tbilisi (Georgia) and Chisinau (Moldova) in October and November, 2011. The workshops took place for governmental and academia modules in parallel: both target groups had separate and joint sessions. The aim of the workshops was to present and analyse the possible professional and academia migration training models existing in the European Union and Schengen countries, to undertake the first activities on the mapping of the migration curricula and their content, and to discuss possibilities of future cooperation between the government and academia. The representatives of all migration related governmental institutions took part in the workshops, as well as representatives of universities involved in the implementation of the project. The main results of the workshop were first drafts of governmental and academia migration curricula which were developed jointly by Georgian/Moldovan and foreign experts during the working groups sessions. The curriculum will be finalised and agreed by all project partners in the nearest future.
The GOVAC Project Summer School on Applied Migration Research for law, economics, political-social science and journalism students from Georgia and Moldova took place from 25–29 June 2012. The summer school, which took place in Batumi (Grigoleti), Georgia, provided the students with the opportunity to learn about how migration impacts politics, the economy, etc. of countries and regions. The aim of the summer school was to stimulate university students' interest in doing research on migration-related topics as they further their academic career. The testimonials from the participants can be downloaded .
Implementing Agency: ICMPD
Partners: European Union, Danish Refugee Council (DRC), The Hague University for Applied Sciences, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland and CoE
Donors: European Union, DRC and partner states
Duration: January 2011–May 2013
Countries: Georgia, Moldova, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Switzerland