www.icmpd.org https://www.icmpd.org/ NEWS CENTRE en www.icmpd.org https://www.icmpd.org/typo3conf/ext/tt_news/ext_icon.gif https://www.icmpd.org/ 18 16 NEWS CENTRE TYPO3 - get.content.right http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:34:13 +0200 Project News: EU supports Ghana Immigration Service’s response to Covid-19 and future emergencies https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-eu-supports-ghana-immigration-services-response-to-covid-19-and-future-emergencies/ The project “Strengthening Border Security in Ghana” (SBS Ghana), funded by the EU through the... A handover ceremony took place on 6 August 2020 at the Ghana Immigration Service headquarters and was attended by the Minister of Interior, Ambrose Dery and the Comptroller General of Immigration, Kwame Asuah Takyi. Through this emergency funding assistance, the SBS Ghana project provided five vehicles (three pick-up and two minibuses), five motorbikes and personal protective equipment (10.000 disposable face masks, 10.000 reusable face masks, 10.000 gloves and 2.000 bottled hand sanitizers). The vehicles and motorcycles will be used for patrolling in specific border areas and for coordinating activities with Ghana Health Service and other stakeholders.

Once the COVID-19 pandemic is over, the vehicles and motorbikes will be deployed to the various land border regions across Ghana, according to the Ghana Immigration strategic needs. In addition, the SBS Ghana project provided 15 laptops in order to facilitate a number of capacity building activities (contingency planning), to boost existing efforts and enhance the capacity of the Service to effectively respond to future crises.

The SBS Ghana project, with a budget of 5 million euro, has two components: the first focuses on the support of the Ghana Immigration Service through capacity building, including human rights standards, and provision of equipment and upgrade of the GIS information exchange system. The Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Customs Authority will be associated for joint activities. The second component is dedicated to civil society organisations, media networks and local authorities: a specific call for proposals will support innovative projects to improve cross-border and mobility issues.

The project is funded by European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), and is being implemented by ICMPD in collaboration with the Ghana Immigration Service.

 

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Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:34:13 +0200
Project News: ICMPD provides Ukrainian border guards with screening equipment in response to COVID-19 https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-icmpd-provides-ukrainian-border-guards-with-screening-equipment-in-response-to-covid-1/ On 3 August 2020, ICMPD handed over two stationary thermal fever screening systems worth around EUR...

The cameras provided to the SBGS will be installed at Boryspil Airport to help border guards in detecting passengers with fever-like symptoms ensuring minimal disruption in operations and decreasing the risk of cross-contamination, as they provide the possibility for instant contactless measurement of the travellers’ temperature at the distance. This is the second part of the COVID-19 related support provided to the beneficiaries of the EU-funded project “EU Support to Strengthening Integrated Border Management in Ukraine (EU4IBM)”.

Earlier, the ICMPD also delivered personal protective equipment, as well as non-contact infrared thermometers to the State Border Guard Service and the State Customs Service of Ukraine to ensure safe and continuous operations of both services while working with people and goods crossing the Ukrainian border.

Although the adaptive quarantine is still in place, Ukraine gradually opens its borders. In light of the resumption of the regular flights and ongoing vacation season, special measures controlling the travellers’ temperature are of extreme need and importance.

More information on the project can be found here. 

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Mon, 03 Aug 2020 16:23:28 +0200
Project News:IBM Silk Routes provides COVID-19 supplies and protective equipment to border agencies https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-newsibm-silk-routes-provides-covid-19-supplies-and-protective-equipment-to-border-agencies/ The EU-funded Integrated Border Management in the Silk Routes (IBM Silk Routes) project has...

The delivery comes shortly after the Federal Government of Iraq formally decided, on 23 July, to re-open border crossings for commercial traffic. While non-commercial transit of the borders remains limited, the decision will encourage an increase in cross-border trade and business.

The PPE equipment will be used at Baghdad International Airport, as well as at border crossing points with Iran, Jordan and Syria by officers from the Ministry of Interior (MOI), General Commission for Customs (GCC), and Border Ports Commission (BPC).

This equipment - which includes infrared thermometers, N95 masks, PPE gowns, gloves as well as sanitation products - will help Iraqi border officers to protect themselves from potential transmission of COVID-19 while on duty, as well as allow them to safely screen travelers, disinfect surfaces and, if necessary, isolate sick travelers.

Facilitating the well-managed movement of people and goods across borders is vital. The Integrated Border Management (IBM) project aims to support the Government of the Republic of Iraq in effectively and efficiently managing its national frontiers.

More information on the project can be found here. 

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Fri, 31 Jul 2020 15:19:59 +0200
Expert Voice: Time to plan for victim support countermeasures amid the continuing pandemic https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/expert-voice-time-to-plan-for-victim-support-countermeasures-amid-the-continuing-pandemic/ Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic many organisations sounded the alarm for protecting the... With that in mind, ICMPD looks at the effects the pandemic and its countermeasures had from two perspectives:

  • Will COVID-19 lead to increased occurrence of trafficking?
  • How COVID-19 affects those already in the trafficking situation?

COVID-19 increases the general vulnerability to trafficking

The ICMPD Anti-Trafficking Programme has long carried out empirical research (Targeting Vulnerabilities, Trafficking Along Migration Routes, The Strength to Carry On) to identify factors of vulnerability leading to exploitation, trafficking in human beings and other types of abuses in the contexts of mixed migration and humanitarian crises. The results clearly indicate that no one person is affected by only one factor of vulnerability, but rather by a particular constellation of personal, group, socio-economic and structural factors.

Looking at these factors in the context of COVID-19, we witnessed overwhelmed medical systems that could not serve all those in need of medical care. An economic impact came with the lockdowns that prevented people from going to work thereby affecting their income and for some this meant that they could not fulfil their basic needs, such as food. This can lead to a social impact with women and children, men and boys forced to work in dangerous conditions to provide income and subsistence. One crisis can have many interconnected impacts and therefore there is no single solution. Governments must consider all such different vulnerability factors when calibrating their responses. Experience from previous crises shows that failing to adequately address unemployment, business closures and the loss of livelihoods, coupled with limited access to education and social protection, will likely increase poverty, inequality and vulnerability.

UNODC, in its recent Research Brief, took a forward-looking approach analysing how the COVID-19 related restrictions may affect both smuggling of migrants and human trafficking. While at first sight, closure of borders and increased police presence at the borders and on the streets seem to prevent crime, smugglers and traffickers regularly adapt their modus operandi to changing circumstances. ICMPD’s research mentioned above has found many of the trafficking cases to be connected to smuggling situations, either because people needed to pay for smuggling, or because those providing migrant smuggling services directly exploited the service-users. Difficulties in onward travel, lack of regular status and lack of access to the formal labour market exacerbate the risks of trafficking related to migrant smuggling. Cross-border travel and immigration restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 render it impossible for migrants to travel freely across borders. Some communities see mobility as a coping mechanism hence many people are left with no viable options. Closure of borders increases the need for smuggling services. The more difficult the border crossing is, the more expensive and riskier it gets.

The experience from the aftermath of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis suggests that the economic downturn that has followed the pandemic, will likely result in more cases of human trafficking. The warning call is loud and clear as the World Bank describes the current economic recession being the deepest since the World War II. 

COVID-19 has aggravating effects on those already in the trafficking situation

The pandemic caused a general vulnerability of hindered access to healthcare for trafficking victims in need for treatment. The main reason for this lies in the fact that the exploitation of trafficking victims often takes place in illegal, informal or unregulated sectors. 

To get a better insight about specific vulnerabilities, ICMPD called upon the Network of Anti-Trafficking Coordinators of South-East Europe. On 15 April, ICMPD’s Anti-Trafficking Programme hosted the first online meeting of the Anti-Trafficking Coordinators. The main tone was an upbeat one – the shelter and support programmes for trafficking victims remained operational. Some reported that due to the pandemic, the anti-trafficking law enforcement resources received reassignments or additional tasks, which reduced the ability to maintain the similar level of law enforcement vigilance on the anti-trafficking field. One Coordinator expressed the concern that due to halted investigations, victims were ‘on hold’ in the shelters. The situation was certainly new as, in words of one of the Coordinators, the vulnerable groups, such as street children, were no longer visible and there was no insight as to the situation they were in. At the time, the countries had no concrete information about the extent of human trafficking in the wider movement of sex workers to online environment.  

One of the Coordinators noted abrupt and uncoordinated returns of seasonal agricultural as well as sex workers from other EU countries. This did not allow the receiving country’s authorities to screen the returnees properly for possible cases of human trafficking. It also created a situation where a large numbers of returnees had no viable economic options, making them, as one of the Coordinators expressed, vulnerable for exploitation. 

These issues highlighted by the Coordinators illustrate well the concerns the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) alerted about in its statement - including increased prevalence of sexual exploitation online, hindered access to services, diverted law enforcement resources, delayed victim identification, compiling also relevant technical and guidance notes from its members (e.g. Alliance 8.7, CoE, OSCE, UNHCR and many others. The Policy Brief of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime confirms the concerns that ICAT raised. Similarly, La Strada International offered its recommendations and various UN and regional bodies issued statements on human rights in the pandemic (e.g. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe, African Commission on Human and People’s Rights). In a recent ODIHR and UN Women survey, the survivors of trafficking reported a worsened psychological situation also stating that their financial situation had become significantly worse. On the latter, it is clear that lockdown measures hit hard also the small social businesses owned by or employing former human trafficking victims.

What do we need to do?

Now is the time to assess what happened during the lockdown months with human trafficking, how and where vulnerabilities increased and where the (potential) victims needed support the most. The governments need to learn from this and take the necessary steps to be ready for the second wave of the virus, reportedly already on its way. Local, national and international responses are necessary in such events. 

All too often, response solutions are ad hoc and based on misconceptions about the phenomena they seek to address. During this time of the hiatus, governments and civil society organisations working with the victims and vulnerable groups, workers’ and employers’ organisations must sit down and discuss. They need to identify the main challenges during the lockdown and agree a minimum standard that both of the sectors will work together to uphold during the reoccurrence of such lockdown. This must include measures to maintain the critical functions of identifying and referral of victims as well as the short-term assistance service. The experience of the 2008 financial crisis taught the lesson of increased vulnerability to trafficking. With that in mind, it is the high time now for contingency planning for the governments – to put a heightened focus on prevention and awareness.  The authorities and the civil society organisations should be planning countermeasures to the native effects of the economic crisis following the COVID-19 pandemic. International organisations must be there to support and share good practices. Therefore, also the European Union’s new Strategy towards the eradication of trafficking in human beings should address the need for such contingency planning to ensure minimum functionality of the anti-trafficking system in emergency conditions. 

Public health is a priority, but safeguarding it cannot be carried out blindly disregarding those in a vulnerable situation and who have already been trafficked. We have a moral and legal obligation to prevent trafficking, bring perpetrators to justice, and to protect victims, through a human rights-based, gender-specific and child-sensitive approach. The pandemic clearly demands rethinking and adapting the standard responses to trafficking.

 

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Tue, 28 Jul 2020 09:34:50 +0200
Expert Voice: Migration Dialogues in times of COVID-19 https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/expert-voice-migration-dialogues-in-times-of-covid-19/ The widespread national lockdowns witnessed since March 2020 unveiled the fragility of... More than 6 months into fighting COVID-19, most countries in Europe and its neighbouring regions are cautiously re-opening their doors to international travellers while preparing for a possible second wave. Despite their different experience of the pandemic, the reaction of nearly all national governments included a mix of migration control tools with a pinch of protectionist fixes. They turned inward by closing borders and imposing mobility bans to limit contagion and protect national welfare systems. It appeared as if the pandemic had upended openness or any multilateral dialogue on the topic of mobility. In reality, international cooperation on migration never slowed down, not in the least under the ICMPD-facilitated Migration Dialogues: the Budapest, Prague, Rabat and Khartoum Processes.

Since March 2020, these Dialogues have reactively adapted their agendas, allowing their participating countries to explore COVID-19 implications on mobility and migration. Their priority is to help their stakeholders understand trends in managing health insecurity in a bid to inform policy responses related to migration and mobility.

The response of Migration Dialogues

Dialogues are not new to crises shaking migration governance. Some have been around for almost three decades. Some were even born out of border crises. All have continued to uphold and strengthen their mandate during the 2015 migration crisis. They have the experience and institutional flexibility required to adjust to the emerging challenges and needs of their participating countries. This is what the Budapest Process did in its virtual meeting on labour migration. It brought European and Asian partners to an open discussion on their national response to current challenges that COVID-19 poses on their labour markets, welfare and protection of labour migrants, while also looking into the medium and longer-term trends and solutions.

Besides providing a virtual space for experience sharing, Migration Dialogues have continued to work with regional organisations alongside states. This is, for example, the case for the Rabat Process’ engagement with ECOWAS in West Africa. For a regional organisation that operated in the epicentre of the Ebola crisis in 2014, ECOWAS brings to the partners not only its crisis management experience but also real-time data on COVID-19 impact on free movement in the region. 

It is in times like these that the Dialogues’ unique platforms for knowledge exchange become critical. Virtual meetings such as that of the Khartoum Process allow members to avoid pitfalls in their national responses by learning from one another. They engage European, East African partners and the African Union Commission in finding ways to collectively mitigate the impact of the pandemic on regional mobility. 

COVID-19 has not interrupted the Dialogues’ capacity to feed into policy discussions based on up-to-date and reliable information. Indeed, all Dialogues build political momentum through strong evidence and experience-based policy recommendations. For example, the Rabat Process is currently working with France and the Mixed Migration Centre on field research investigating the impact and response to COVID-19 on refugees and migrants in two transit cities: Tunis and Bamako. 

The Prague Process has taken evidence and scenario-based policy discussions to a whole new level. It has launched a new series of expert-led webinars and policy briefs on the possible consequences of COVID-19 on labour, protection, and anti-trafficking efforts in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The Dialogue has also made it its mission to open its webinars beyond its participating countries in an attempt to bridge the sharing of insights among different regions.  

Finally, a wealth of experience and knowledge is only relevant when coupled with outreach to the right government networks, by bringing relevant parties around the virtual table. Naturally, the interpersonal contacts and bilateral talks around meetings are how Migration Dialogues help to seal mutual understanding and trust. Nevertheless, Dialogues have the advantage of strong networks built overtime to keep their focal points’ engagement going even under times of remote collaboration. For instance, the Budapest Process used its flanking project to provide a digital training programme to officers of Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency and to procure the necessary equipment for officials’ training. Similarly, the Prague Process rolled out its first online training on identification and profiling at the border. It is now actively working on widening the scope of distant learning tools for migration authorities in its 50 participating states. By building upon existing networks and encouraging their counterparts to leverage the tools further, Migration Dialogues remain present albeit not physically in their focal points’ daily work and beyond. 

Migration Dialogues: Platforms for joint action 

No national or bilateral solution can contain COVID-19 or reinstall international mobility. Isolation and border closings are not the sustainable way out, neither for the economies nor for the people. The return to any sort of normality will require strong international cooperation which Dialogues can enable. Intergovernmental Migration Dialogues offer that unique and flexible platform for states to discuss and agree on joint operational measures, share data, monitor and steer the reopening process. Using their unique characteristics to further multilateral debate is how Migration Dialogues contribute to the effective management of migration and mobility, which is key to mitigating the mid and long-term impacts of COVID-19.

This Expert Voice has been prepared by Eden Alemayehu and Caroline Ambiaux with thanks to all colleagues from the Secretariats of Budapest, Prague, Rabat and Khartoum Processes.

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Expert Voice Series Mon, 27 Jul 2020 12:44:32 +0200
Project News: Presentation of the Guideline on Migration Legislation in Italy https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-presentation-of-the-guideline-on-migration-legislation-in-italy/ Within the framework of the EU-funded ENIGMMA 2 project, an online Presentation of the “Guideline...

The presentation was led by the Diaspora Relations Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Embassy of Georgia to Italy, Georgia’s Young Ambassadors and representatives of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), Georgia’s Deputy Foreign Minister also attended the live event. Following the presentation, a live Q&A was held, where representatives from the Central Directorate of Immigration and Border Police (Ministry of Interior of Italy) answered questions that were submitted by the migrants. Most importantly, the Immigration and Border Police Directorate representatives further expressed their readiness and willingness to provide support to Georgian nationals in Italy who are in need of an immediate attention due to emergency situations. Also worth mentioning is the active involvement and participation of “Georgia’s Young Ambassadors Programme” participants in Italy in the online presentation. 

The “Guideline on Migration Legislation in Italy” is an important publication that has been developed within the framework of the ENIGMMA 2 project. Considering the challenges of Georgian migrants residing in Italy, mostly related to obtaining legal residence status, work permits, healthcare and education opportunities and labour rights, the Guideline serves as a practical handbook for Georgian migrants living in Italy. The aim of the Guideline is to inform the Georgian diaspora and migrant communities on the topics stated above, most importantly, the rules and procedures for obtaining a residence permit. Furthermore, the guideline was drafted with an intention of being easy to comprehend, considering the complexity of the legislation and procedures. 

The Guideline on Migration Legislation was also developed for Greece and Spain within the framework of the EU-funded ENIGMMA 2 project implemented by ICMPD.
 
The news on project webpage: here 

Download the Migration Legislation Guidelines in Italy (Georgian) here

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Mon, 27 Jul 2020 09:54:52 +0200
Project News: FReM III Organises Two Remote Workshops on the Training for Forced-Return Monitors in Georgia and Ukraine https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-frem-iii-organises-two-remote-workshops-on-the-training-for-forced-return-monitors-in/ On 21 and 23 July 2020, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)...

The objective of the workshops was to agree on the training programme for the forced-return monitoring training in Georgia and Ukraine and to coordinate the elaboration of the training material with relevant stakeholders and experts. On 21 July 2020, the remote workshop took place with the Office of the Public Defender (Ombudsman) of Georgia, the Migration Department and the Training Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. On 23 July 2020 the remote workshop took place with the Office of the Ukrainian Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman), the State Migration Service and the Administration of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. Representatives of the Office of the Czech Public Defender of Rights, the Greek Ombudsman Office, the Romanian National Council for Refugees, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) and ICMPD participated in both workshops. 

Since 2014, ICMPD supports jointly with Frontex and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) the capacity building of monitors from competent bodies in European Union Member States (EU MS) and Schengen Associated Countries (SAC) that carry out forced-return monitoring in accordance with Article 8(6) of the Return Directive (2008/115/EC). The aim is to equip participants with the overall competence to monitor and report on fundamental rights compliance of forced-return operations in accordance with international and EU human rights law. The current FReM III project allows for a further expansion of the training concept to Eastern Partnership countries with which Frontex and MSs organise so-called Collecting Return Operations (CRO). For the implementation of activities Georgia and Ukraine were identified as partner countries. 

Since many years, the ICMPD headquarters in Vienna and the ICMPD offices in Tbilisi and Kyiv collaborate with relevant institutions in Georgia and Ukraine bilaterally and multilaterally in various platforms and have jointly implemented many different projects and activities. With the FReM III activities, the cooperation is now expanded to a new thematic field. Recently, the FReM III project team established contact with relevant institutions in the Republic of Moldova with the aim to also involve them in the forced-return monitor training. 

During the workshops on 21 and 23 July 2020, participants confirmed the training programme and the national stakeholders highlighted their commitment for the joint elaboration of the training material and implementation of the training of forced-return monitors. In this regard, each institution nominated a focal point for effective coordination throughout the upcoming activities that ultimately shall contribute to fundamental rights compliance in CROs and forced-return operations organised from Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova to other countries.

FReM III contributes to a functioning EU Return System in line with the EU Return Directive (2008/115/EC) with two specific objectives namely, to further establish the pool of forced-return monitors in line with the European Border and Coast Guard Regulation 2019/1896 (EBCG), and to further strengthen national forced-return monitoring systems in EU MSs and SACs. The project runs since December 2018 with the participation of 22 EU MSs and SACs. ICMPD manages and implements the FReM III project in close cooperation with Frontex and FRA. The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) of the EU and the partner countries co-fund the project.

For further information, please visit the FReM webpage.

Agenda workshop Georgia

Agenda workshop Ukraine

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Mon, 27 Jul 2020 09:07:04 +0200
Project News: EMM4 and OPAM published new study “What policy communication works for migration? Using values to depolarise” https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-emm4-and-opam-published-new-study-what-policy-communication-works-for-migration-usin/ In the framework of the EUROMED Migration IV programme, ICMPD has released, together with the...

The study provides a summary of key recommendations from existing best-practice guides for migration communication and policymakers. The aim of the study is to understand what values-based policy communication is and how they can communicate policies that are concordant with the values of their audiences in order to elicit sympathy.

The most common recommendation to communicate migration is to focus on values-based messaging. However, there is still a gap between what values-based messaging is and what type of value-based messaging is likely to be effective regarding migration. The study summarises the academic literature on values by focussing on Schwarz’s theory of basic human values. According to Schwartz, values are defined as cognitive representations of broad motivational goals and as stable metrics of the guiding principles in individuals’ lives. 

The second part of the study analyses examples of migration policy communication provided by an ICMPD’s campaigns inventory including both anti and pro-migration campaigns from both side of the Mediterranean. Using some illustrative examples of campaigns, the study confirms the alignment of the campaigns to the theoretical framework illustrated in the first of the part of study, and shows that few pro-migration campaigns contained values-based messaging, while all anti-migration campaigns did. 

This study represents the third and last chapter of the report entitled “Impact of Public Attitudes to migration on the political environment in the Euro-Mediterranean Region”. The first chapter focussed on the Euro-Mediterranean Region and considered how and why the dramatic changes in the salience of immigration in recent years have changed European politics. More information on the study can be found in a video interview to the author and project manager.

The second chapter overviewed public attitudes to migration in Southern Partner Countries (SPCs) and considered their effects on migration politics and policies in the region over the past 20 to 30 years, including a number of recommendations on how communicators on migration in the region can avoid polarisation. 

Download the study here 

Read more about the EUROMED Migration IV (EMM4) programme here 

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Fri, 24 Jul 2020 13:04:57 +0200
Project News:EU supports the Border and Migration Police of the Albanian State Police of the Ministry of Interio in countering cross-border organised crime https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-newseu-supports-the-border-and-migration-police-of-the-albanian-state-police-of-the-ministr/ In the framework of the EU funded project EU Support for the effective management of green and blue...

In the framework of the EU funded project EU Support for the effective management of green and blue borders in Albania (EU4SAFEALB) implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), the assessment mission took place in Albania between 6 to 17 July 2020. 

The project was launched in February 2020, however it was temporarily suspended due to the COVID -19 pandemic and the project resumed in June 2020, when the epidemic picture in EU and Albania improved and allowed for a safe assessment mission. The assessment mission was conducted from 6 to 17 July, 2020and covered the maritime and land border, with a focus on gaps and needs assessment primarily of ASP Border and Migration police equipment as well as the needs on BMP operational capacities.  The assessment team was composed of experts from the EU Member States (Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Slovenia) with substantial experience in maritime and land border management, knowledge of the integrated border surveillance solutions, and capacity building.    

The ICMPD assessment team will prepare a report with findings and recommendations, which will support further developments of technical specifications prior to launching a public tender. The report will provide up-to-date status on the available equipment, gaps and needs for additional equipment that will be procured under the umbrella of the project. The project will pay specific attention to sustainability of procured equipment through strengthening of maintenance capacities of the Border and Migration Police. The project implementation team will propose eco and environmental friendly equipment, with a low negative impact on environment. 

The findings and recommendations will also serve the Albanian State Police and its Border and Migration Police as a tool to approach other donor and raise funds for additional need in the area of countering cross border organised crime and drug trafficking.

The Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Interior of Albania Ms Rovena Voda informed about the  full support to the project and said: “The Ministry of Interior appreciates the systematic support provided by the EU in enhancing its border management capacity hoping that the assessment provides the practical basis of the assistance in the framework of the current and upcoming projects”. 

The Ambassador of the European Union in Albania, Mr Luigi Soreca said: "Migratory flows and migrant smuggling are a joint challenge for the European Union, its Member States and its closest neighbours, including Albania.  They can be effectively addressed only if we work together. This project will contribute to tackle cross-border criminal activities and to enhance border management capacities."

The project will build on the assistance already provided to Albanian Border and Migration Police in the recent years and will cover the immediate needs enhancing the overall national capacity to counter all cross-border organised crime including drugs trafficking via Albania’s borders. 

Background information: 

EU funded  project “EU Support for the effective management of green and blue borders in Albania (EU4SAFEALB)” with EUR 6.000.000 and with duration of 24 months, supports the provision of the modern technical means to the Border and Migration Police to enhance the Albanian national capacity to counter organized cross-border crime and drug trafficking.  

For additional information, please contact Ms Oksana Nazarchuk, ICMPD Project Officer at e-mail: oksana.nazarchuk@icmpd.org or call on phone :  +43 676 715 01 71

Download Project News here 

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Wed, 22 Jul 2020 09:51:48 +0200
Project News: Working with agencies in Bangladesh to supply vital personal protective equipment (PPE) https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-working-with-agencies-in-bangladesh-to-supply-vital-personal-protective-equipment-ppe/ Dhaka and Cumilla: Within the framework of EU-funded projects, ICMPD has facilitated the... ICMPD has taken the initiative to provide health supplies and equipment to the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment (MEWOE), Bangladesh Customs, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG), and Immigration Police, Bureau of Manpower, Employment &Training (BMET) & District Employment & Manpower Offices (DEMO), as well as 2 400 returnees from Gulf countries.
COVID-19 prevention supplies in the form of Masks, Disinfection Chambers, Infra-red thermometers, Sanitizer, Hand Wash & Hand Gloves were delivered to Ministries and Bangladesh border security agencies that are partners in EU-funded projects Improving Migration Management (IMM) and Integrated Border Management (IBM).

Donated by the European Union, these PPE supplies are meant to support Bangladesh in combating this pandemic and addressing the challenges it poses at border crossing points and for security agencies.
The procurement and delivery of these supplies followed close coordination with Bangladeshi agencies to identify their most pressing needs. These were then promptly catered for through a pool of Bangladesh-based suppliers.

Link to the Project News: here 

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Mon, 20 Jul 2020 15:07:58 +0200