Brussels Mission

ICMPD’s mission in Brussels acts as a link between ICMPD’s work with partner countries and the EU, allowing its first-hand cooperation experience to feed back into EU policy. It ensures coordination and liaison with EU Institutions, ICMPD and EU Member State representations, diplomatic missions and other organisations or institutions relevant to ICMPD's work.

The Brussels Mission is key to ICMPD’s contribution to the European policy debate on migration and asylum issues. The Policy and Strategic Partnerships Unit coordinates the organisation of events such as expert roundtables and targeted conferences. It also monitors and analyses developments in the EU in order to feed information back to relevant staff and units.

The Brussels Mission hosts the project teams of several EU-funded capacity building projects with a global reach:

  • The MIgration EU eXpertise III (MIEUX III) initiative provides EU partner countries with short-term capacity building through peer-to-peer exchange on a demand-driven basis.
  • The Mobility Partnership Facility (MPF) is an EU-funded initiative, implemented by ICMPD. It  contributes  to the operationalisation of the EU’s dialogue with selected partner countries. Its second phase also supports the implementation of pilot projects with African countries in the area of legal migration.
  • The Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) project is part of the global MICIC initiative. It  facilitated the European contribution to the development of the MICIC guidelines. It now contributes to their operationalisation by providing capacity building to key actors in countries affected by crises.
  • The support project to the Africa-EU Migration and Mobility Dialogue (MMD) aims at creating a meaningful partnership on migration cooperation between the two continents. As part of the MMD, the secretariat of the Rabat Process is located in Brussels. The MMD supports migration dialogues, provides capacity building, and works towards strengthening the role of the African diaspora.
  • The European Return and Reintegration Network (ERRIN) is an initiative driven by European Member States under the leadership of the Netherlands. It facilitates return and reintegration through joint, knowledge-driven and innovative solutions, contributing to a common European approach.

The Brussels Mission is ICMPD’s second largest office with currently 55 staff members. It was set up as a permanent structure in 2007 and a Seat Agreement with the Kingdom of Belgium was signed in May 2008.