Where we work

Our presence in the Mediterranean region

ICMPD is actively engaged in the Mediterranean region since 2001. 15 years later, underlining the importance of the region, ICMPD opened its first Regional Office in Malta, in 2016. The Regional Office for the Mediterranean, oversees ICMPD’s engagement in the region. It further hosts a number of multi-country regional projects implemented across the Middle East and North Africa.

ICMPD firmly believes in the decentralisation of its operations and in the implementation of its activities as close as possible to the action, and in close collaboration with its partners. As such, ICMPD in the Mediterranean currently comprises three Field Offices, in Jordan, Libya and Tunisia, and one Project Office, in Lebanon. These offices are home to a number of national projects directly implemented in the host country, as seen below.

Our approach in the Mediterranean region

In 2021, inspired by the theme of the Maltese Chair of ICMPD on “re-defining migration partnerships”, ICMPD Mediterranean undertook a complete overhaul of its approach, integrating 20 years of experience. With the aim to usher a new era of international cooperation on migration in the region, the umbrella concept of Migration Capacity Partnership for the Mediterranean (MCP Med) supports the New Agenda for the Mediterranean. The MCP Med concept encompasses all actions present and future actions of ICMPD in the region. The principle of Joint Leadership, Shared Responsibility guides our approach.

The MCP Med puts capacities at the heart of migration partnerships acknowledging that such pragmatism would help bridge the political gap between partners and address the challenges of ever more resource intensive migration governance. The MCP is articulated around cross-cutting capacity drivers that are: a) multi-stakeholder governance, b) professionalisation, c) modernisation, and d) communication.  

Flagship initiatives are shaped to support all ICMPD actions within the MCP Med and beyond. For instance, the Training Institute for Migration Capacity Partnership in the Mediterranean (MCP Med TI) was inaugurated in December 2021 in Malta, marking a firm commitment in ICMPD’s approach to support the professionalisation of the migration sector in the region.  

Migration Capacity Partnership Drivers

Contact us

Julien Simon

Head of Mediterranean Region / Head of Regional Office for the Mediterranean

Donya Smida

Head of Office: Tunisia & Libya

Lamine Abbad

Head of Office: Jordan & Lebanon

Adrian Cooper

Head of MCP Med Training Institute