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 Mon, 30 Mar 2020 10:35:27 +0200 Project News: Seminar on India – EU Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility held https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-seminar-on-india-eu-common-agenda-on-migration-and-mobility-held/ On 10 July 2019, a one-day seminar on Sharing of Good Practices on Migration and Governance was...

The seminar was co-implemented by ICMPD and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in local partnership with the India Centre for Migration (ICM) and preceded the 5th India EU High Level Dialogue on Migration and Mobility.
The seminar addressed three key priority areas of the India EU Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility endorsed in 2016: better organizing and promoting regular migration, preventing and combatting irregular migration and maximizing the development impact of migration. Government stakeholders and technical experts shared good practices from India and the EU addressing these three pillars.

The seminar highlighted some of the practical approaches undertaken by the EU, EU Member States, and India to facilitate mobility of high-skilled professionals and students, as well as initiatives to raise awareness on the risks and consequences of irregular migration and efforts towards assisted voluntary return and strategic engagement with diaspora.

Key topics for further India EU cooperation on migration governance were:

Ease of access to reliable migration data:

  • Strengthen access and cross-sharing of data between governments in a dynamic way
  • Enhance compatibility and comparability of data by addressing gaps in documentation and varying terminologies
  • Share data on labour projections (opportunities, focus sectors) and irregular migrants

Scope of policy on migration governance: Adapting a multi-faceted policy approach that builds on existing initiatives and engages in a futuristic vision, which incorporates:

  • Reflections on new forms of mobility such as start-ups, entrepreneurial ventures, small and medium scale enterprises 
  • Concerted actions to reduce refusal of entry or interception of Indian migrants at EU borders, both at sea and land, due to lack of valid travel documents.
  • Sharing of good practices and mutual learning to streamline migration and mobility

The seminar was attended by 130 participants, including 75 representatives from the EU institutions, EU Member States, Government of India, and 55 technical experts and academicians. The seminar also witnessed the launch of two knowledge products developed by the project implementing partners, a handbook titled ‘Integration of Indians In Italy’ and a checklist for students titled “Prepare for your Study in Europe”

Additional infographics were prepared, and can be downloaded here.

Download the full report of the meeting here.

More information on the EU-India Project can be found here.


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Mon, 30 Mar 2020 10:35:27 +0200
Project News: EMM4 releases new study on migration statistical sources in the Euro-Mediterranean region. https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-emm4-releases-new-study-on-migration-statistical-sources-in-the-euro-mediterranean-reg/ Commissioned under the EU-funded EUROMED Migration IV (EMM4) programme, this study intends to... Addressing a crucial gap in policy-making, it aims to instruct practitioners and government stakeholders in the Euro-Mediterranean region on where to collect statistical information for mapping locations, movement trends and characteristics of Arab expatriate communities, with a particular focus on collecting sociodemographic information. In addition to this, the inventory may be used to assess and inform countries’ outreach practices towards emigrants.

The work is divided in three chapters:

  • Part one presents general information on the sources and resources available to map emigrants, as well as some data on expatriates from eight selected EU Southern Partner Countries (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia). 
  • Part two is a catalogue of resources available classified by key locations and data-processing institutions. By covering an extensive range of institutions (International sources, think tanks and academic sources, domestic sources and national sources) the work highlights major challenges encountered in counting and mapping expatriates abroad. Sources’ features, strengths and limitations are rigorously mapped in a clear attempt to support data and information gathering on Arab expatriates abroad.
  • Part three formulates conclusions and charts a way forward for more coherent strategies in the region as a whole, making the case for a greater focus on statistical tools and instruments.

“Mapping ENI SPCs migrants in the Euro-Mediterranean region: An inventory of statistical sources” is a key resource for Euro-Mediterranean migration stakeholders with an interest in closing the gap between evidence and policy-making. Importantly, it may lay foundations for more in-depth, national studies on statistical sources and migration data management in the future.

Download the study here.

More information on the EUROMED Migration IV (EMM4) programme can be found here.


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Wed, 25 Mar 2020 08:24:06 +0100
Expert voice: Migration communication and new approaches to target-group engagement https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/expert-voice-migration-communication-and-new-approaches-to-target-group-engagement/ In the context of increased polarisation of the migration topic among the public and policy sphere... By Daria Huss

Globally, attitudes towards immigration have been rather positive than negative, as people were ‘more likely to want immigration levels in their countries to either stay at the present level or to increase, rather than decrease’, according to a study presenting data from more than 140 countries (IOM & GMDAC 2015). In Europe, the situation differs: According to the same study, the majority believed that immigration levels should decrease – bearing in mind variations across countries, with generally more positive attitudes prevailing in the North than in the South (ibid.). The same holds true after the so-called 2015/2016 migration crisis, as in most European countries, attitudes to immigration have remained relatively stable over time. However, the perceived importance of migration as a public policy issue has increased (ICMPD/OPAM 2018; MEDAM 2019). 

A recent study on perception, stereotypes and knowledge gap among EU citizens about migration - covering Italy, Greece, Austria and Hungary recent study on perception, stereotypes and knowledge gap among EU citizens about migration - covering Italy, Greece, Austria and Hungary and based on 1,000 interviews per country - showed that the majority of Italians, Greeks and Hungarians perceived immigration as having a negative impact (64% in Greece, 57% in Italy and 56% in Hungary). In Austria, the perception was more divided, with 49% perceiving a negative impact of immigration, 29% neither a positive nor a negative impact and 20% a positive impact (IPSOS 2019). The attitudes towards immigration are influenced by a range of factors, whereas a young age, a higher level of education and the feeling to be heard rather than left out in the political arena had a positive impact on perceiving migration more as an opportunity and less as a problem than other groups, according to a recent analysis of the 2017 Special Eurobarometer “Integration of immigrants in the European Union” (Dražanová et al. 2020). Having difficulties to pay the bills, on the other hand, increased the likelihood of perceiving immigration as a problem. At the same time, those who overestimate the share of immigrants have on average a higher probability to view immigration as a problem rather than an opportunity. More generally ‘individuals viewing themselves as informed on migration have on average higher probability than those not informed to have positive views on immigration’ (ibid).

And indeed, a strong gap between the migration reality and the actual knowledge on the phenomenon was observed: The 2019 IPSOS study found that in all four countries covered (Italy, Greece, Austria and Hungary), citizens believed that the share of migrants among the population was much bigger than it actually was. In Hungary, for example, citizens thought that migrants constituted 20% of the population as compared to a real figure of 2%. The same was true for Italy (31% perceived compared to a real 9%), Greece (35% vs 9%) and Austria (35% vs 16%) (IPSOS 2019). These findings point out to a significant knowledge gap in the field of migration. This knowledge gap, however, can not only be observed in quantitative but also in qualitative terms: An analysis of existing opinion polls in the Euro-Mediterranean region showed that media mainly reported on people fleeing their homes rather than on other forms of migration. This focus contributed to the public perception that ‘migration was “a problem” rather than a multi-faceted global phenomenon’ (ICMPD/OPAM 2018). Also, ICMPD´s Migration Outlook 2020 highlights that the European debate is dominated by issues of irregular migration and protection, rather than balancing this debate with information on the success stories or opportunities of migration, such as labour migration in the context of skills shortages.

Closing the migration information gap: An example from Austria

A range of activities can contribute to closing this information gap, including the provision of information to and trainings for journalists, and migration communication activities directly targeting the population. For the latter – which are the focus of this article – a sound evidence base and thorough expertise is required not only on migration issues, but also on how to convey this information to the target group. The initiative GEMEINSAM.VIEL.BEWEGEN (MAKING A CHANGE.TOGETHER), initiated and funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior, is one recent example for the combination of these elements:

  • A sound evidence-base: The starting point for the initiative MAKING A CHANGE.TOGETHER was the Report by the Migration Council for Austria, published in 2016. The Independent Migration Council for Austria was established in April 2014 with the mandate to elaborate substantive foundations for a national migration strategy. It took a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach, taking into account all forms of migration. This report identified - inter alia - the need to ensure the acceptance of the population as a prerequisite for a successful national migration policy, and the need for easy to understand and fact-based information on migration.
  • An innovative partnership: Based on the findings of this report, the initiative MAKING A CHANGE.TOGETHER was launched 2017 with the aim to communicate complex migration issues to the public, with a specific focus on children and youth. This initiative is based on an innovative partnership, bringing together the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development and the Pedagogical University of Lower Austria, hence involving expert bodies in the fields of migration and pedagogics. The combination of expertise on pedagogics and on migration constitutes the basis both for the development of targeted outputs and for the reach-out to the target groups of children and youth in Austria.
  • Interactive methods to engage with the target group: In the design of the activities, a specific focus was placed on innovative, interactive methods for knowledge transfer, taking into account the fact that the best learning effects are achieved through active engagement. Among other activities, two theatre plays and an interactive policy simulation game have been developed, which aim at triggering reflection processes and allow the target group to take on different perspectives. The interactive policy simulations game GEMEINSAM.ÖSTERREICH REGIEREN (GOVERNING AUSTRIA.TOGETHER), which primarily targets secondary school children, is a particularly innovative example: It allows players to take on roles that have equivalents in reality, to experience the consequence of their behaviour and to reflect on the consequences of their decisions, hence corresponding to the general characteristics of policy simulation games, according to Taylor & Walford (1974). In this specific game, players have the opportunity to simulate democratic processes: They take over the roles of politicians, citizens and the media and accordingly form parties and define their political manifestos, join interest groups or represent the media. Political parties present their programmes to the citizens and discuss them with the interest groups. Elections are held and a government is formed, and a range of specific events (e.g. a terrorist attack, exodus of enterprises, lack of care workers) occur, to which the government has to react. The media report on the government´s decision and citizens hold the government accountable in a next round of elections. This policy simulation game shows the interconnectivity of migration with other policy areas, as well as the pertinence of consensus building in democratic processes (Öffentliche Sicherheit. Nr. 1-2/18). Overall, this policy simulation game contributes to political experiences of students and to discussions on political agency, as confirmed by a Master´s thesis on policy simulations games as a teaching method for the subject ´political education´ (Reisinger 2019). An in-depth debriefing with teachers reinforces the experiences of the policy simulation game. Dedicated background materials - developed jointly with the Pedagogical University of Lower Austria - support these debriefings. 

The way forward

This three-pronged approach, which combines a sound evidence base with an innovative partnership, bringing together experts from relevant fields, and interactive methods, triggering reflection processes and allowing the target group to take on different perspectives, was well-received by the target group. Bearing in mind that there is no one-size-fits-all solution and adaptations to national contexts and sustainable approaches are required, the initiative MAKING A CHANGE.TOGETHER lends itself for a good practice example that combines these three elements. Such initiatives, together with engagement with the media and trainings for journalists, can contribute to reducing existing misperceptions of migration and to generating a greater acceptance for migration policies in the future.  

Daria Huss is ICMPD Project Officer, Policy Unit

Download this article as a PDF.

More information:

- What are Europeans’ views on integration of immigrants? An in-depth analysis of 2017 Special Eurobarometer “Integration of immigrants in the European Union”

- ICMPD Migration Outlook 2020 – 10 things to look out for in 2020: Origins, key events and priorities for Europe

-  Public attitudes on migration: rethinking how people perceive migration: Analysis of existing opinion polls in the Euro-Mediterranean regionnts and priorities for Europe

How the World Views Migration

- CIAK Migr-ACTION: Perception, stereotypes and knowledge gap among EU citizens about migration – Italy, Greece, Austria, Hungary

Assessment Report on Asylum and migration Policies in Europe: Rethinking EU Migration and Asylum Policies: Managing Immigration Jointly with Countries of Origin and Transit 

- Migration Council for Austria, Report by the Migration Council for Austria: Understanding Migration – Managing Migration

   

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Mon, 23 Mar 2020 14:24:53 +0100
COVID-19: ICMPD responses and measures to help stop the virus from spreading further https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/covid-19-icmpd-responses-and-measures-to-help-stop-the-virus-from-spreading-further/ On 12 March the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. The...

The position of ICMPD has been from the start of the virus outbreak to rely on the guidance of relevant national and international authorities. For this reason, and in order to support the measures being implemented by our host country, the Republic of Austria, and the other countries where ICMPD has duty stations, the Executive Management has decided on a number of measures that are constantly monitored and adjusted where necessary.

Since 12 March, our employees in Vienna and in several other duty stations are working from home as advised by national authorities and duty travel for all employees has been cancelled, events and trainings have been postponed until further notice. However, we strive to maintain full functionality and services of the organisation by exploring on a number digital and online solutions, to ensure communication and the continuation of our projects. 

The health of ICMPD’s employees and that of their family as well as the prevention of further spreading of the disease are of the highest priority for ICMPD.

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Tue, 17 Mar 2020 10:44:40 +0100
Project News: Support to Indian students in preparing their studies in the EU https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-support-to-indian-students-in-preparing-their-studies-in-the-eu/ The EU-India Cooperation and Dialogue on Migration and Mobility project has published the “Prepare...

The development of the checklist is an output of the India – EU Cooperation and Dialogue on Migration and Mobility (CDMM) ,funded by the European Union and implemented by ICMPD and the International Labour Organization (ILO) in conjunction with the India Migration Centre, which strives to support Indian students considering their higher education in Europe. The checklist is currently being promoted via an ongoing social media campaign #GetEUReady through the local partner Youth Ki Awaaz and the ILO office in New Delhi.

The checklist aims to address a number and variety of challenges: traditionally, a wealth of attention is paid to admission requirements and financial means. But, aside from this, the challenges, risks and dangers related to the mobility of students and researchers are often due to the sharing of misinformation, use of unscrupulous agents, common misperceptions on visa procedures, difficulties related to integration in European life, and a lack of facts on post-graduation options. This has often tempered Indian students’ enthusiasm for studying in the European Union.

To offset this, the governments of EU Member States, the European Union, and the Government of India have taken note and collectively put forward a series of efforts through the CDMM project to improve understanding of how to facilitate mutual recognition of foreign qualifications, ensure skills development, and explore means by which student and researchers’ mobility may be enhanced.The “Prepare for your study in Europe checklist” is one output of these efforts and provides the right guidance to all those who wish to continue their academic career in Europe.

More information can be found here.

Download the checklist here.

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Wed, 11 Mar 2020 14:33:36 +0100
Expert Voice: Women Take the Lead - An inside look at ICMPD’s Netherlands’ Project approach to gender mainstreaming https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/expert-voice-women-take-the-lead-an-inside-look-at-icmpds-netherlands-project-approach-to-gende/ Bolstering gender sensitive approaches within Lebanese Security Agencies has been a top priority... By Sarah Saleh

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, this article will take a closer look at the various initiatives implemented by the Project while highlighting some of the results it has reached to date. First, a quick overview on how the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) have already started paving the way in the right direction.

LAF: Change in the horizon 

Ever since he was appointed in 2017, Commander in Chief of the Lebanese Armed Forces, General Joseph Aoun has made it one of the Army’s top priorities to reinforce gender mainstreaming. Although officially part of the Army since the 1980s, the role of women has often been limited to support positions in both the administrative and medical fields. LAF’s Command newly stated position vis-à-vis female members of staff and their valuable participation within the organisation has led to an increase in the number of female recruits. In 2019 for instance, and for the first time ever, two female combat pilots joined the ranks of the Lebanese Air Force. Although it is still perhaps premature to envisage the participation of women in all combat units, this change in attitudes is promising.

One-size-fits-all: An outdated approach

Female members of staff are an integral part of all main Lebanese Security Agencies; not utilising them is de facto a waste of the already scarce human resources. Operationally, there is also a benefit for female inclusion. A simple example would be the need of having trained female staff conduct search on female subjects according to The Lebanese Army Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement in Internal Security Operations 2019 (‘Female military personnel should search women only and in a suitable place’). If given the right opportunities, women, regardless of rank, have the potential to become drivers of growth both organisationally and countrywide, which sets the ground for cross-fertilisation between genders, viewpoints and experiences.  

However, the danger of international assistance projects opting for a one-size-fits-all approach is nowhere more evident than with gender. Dictating principles based on standardised models often fails to bear sustainable results. It does not cater to beneficiaries’ needs and lacks an understanding of the intricacies and sensitivities of each country/region. Thus, the Netherlands’ Assistance to Lebanese Border Agencies Project has approached this issue by convincing its counterparts of the operational value of gender mainstreaming and sensitivity. 

Figures speak louder than words

In 2019, 62% of sessions delivered by The Netherlands’ Project contained gender issues either as a subject in its own right or as an operational aspect of border management skills. Female participation in activities is also strongly encouraged, with formal communications to beneficiaries specifically requesting this and resulting in  a rate of 22% of female participants with a total number of 239 out of 1083.

The inclusion of female students is no easy task given that the overwhelming majority of LAF border personnel are male. Female personnel are present in extremely small numbers in border units. This is slowly changing with the Land Border Regiments (LAF units responsible for controlling the Lebanese green border) gradually increasing their female contingents. The Land Border Regiments’ Central Training Centre (CTC), a unit specifically dedicated to training the LBRs, possess for instance more female staff than usual in LAF since the Project has focused on their greater involvement in assistance conducted there.

Female inclusion has not been restricted to students however, with the role of female trainers also being strengthened by the Project requiring that female CTC trainers be prioritised for delivery of any of its joint training activities. The integration of gender sensitivity into the CTC’s formalised procedural frameworks has also seen some success. Following strong lobbying, guidance and support (including document drafting and workshops) by the Project, the CTC successfully produced a Gender Policy that governs this issue there. Whilst not yet a perfect document, it nevertheless represents significant progress. The profile of this policy was reinforced by the creation of an awareness-raising training and its subsequent repeated delivery and incorporation into the CTC’s routine training plans.

All-female course reaps unprecedented results 

Another example would be the implementation of an all-female Imposters and Documents (ID) course for the first time in February 2020. The course previously developed between the LAF and ICMPD’s Netherlands’ Project provided students with the necessary skills to quickly and reliably spot imposters and check if documents are genuine while incorporating a range of hands-on practical exercises. Led by a joint all-female training team from ICMPD, LAF, ISF, and GS, and targeting only female personnel from the main Lebanese Security Agencies, the course helped in highlighting the importance of having a more inclusive and efficient working environment for everyone.  All students graduated from the course with flying colours: 100% of the all-female group succeeded (compared to an 85% pass rate for mixed groups completing ID courses) with an unprecedented average test score of 95.5%. This indicates the potential operational value for State Agencies’ educational systems. The trainees on their side expressed their full satisfaction, in terms of both content and delivery, underlining the value of having female role models in such leading roles, particularly in training and reiterated the need to conduct similar courses in the future. It is worth noting that The Netherlands’ Project is not the only ICMPD Lebanon project integrating gender-sensitivity in its overall approach. The Swiss Support to Integrated Border Management in Lebanon Project focusses on ‘Raising awareness on the concept of gender equality and adopting gender-responsive border systems and procedures.

Leading by example 

The Project actively reinforces gender mainstreaming by supporting the development of its own female members of staff, with female project officers and assistants. Instead of simply explaining to beneficiaries the importance of ‘investing’ in female staff, The Netherlands’ Project prefers to lead by example, demonstrating the assets female empowerment has to offer on numerous fronts.

On a final note, whether it is in the way training is designed, the overall approach that is adopted, or simply by using the project team as role models to beneficiaries, the Netherlands’ Project is sparing no effort in ensuring that gender mainstreaming is enhanced on all scales. Despite the difficulty that characterises change of attitudes, progress is being reported by the Lebanese counterparts. With the right tools, consistency and patience, significant change is still well within reach; after all, ‘Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. […] It shouldn't be that women are the exception.’ (Ruth Bader Ginsburg)

Sarah Saleh is CMPD Project Officer in the Netherlands’ Assistance to Lebanese Border Agencies (IBM).

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Thu, 05 Mar 2020 16:41:48 +0100
Project News: Brdo Process Ministerial Meeting – Ministers endorse the Strategy Paper of the NATC https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-brdo-process-ministerial-meeting-ministers-endorse-the-strategy-paper-of-the-natc/ This year’s Brdo Process Ministerial meeting, held on 4 March 2020, was dedicated to the regional...

The topic is chosen to mark the 10th anniversary of the Network of Anti-Trafficking Coordinators of South-East Europe. On this occasion, ICMPD developed the Strategy Paper 2020-2024. Boštjan Poklukar, Minister of Interior of Republic of Slovenia stated: “In the last ten years, the Network of Anti-Trafficking Coordinators of South-East Europe proved to be an effective cooperation mechanism in the region. Being part of this Network, we welcome the new Strategy paper. Strengthening the internal capacity of the Network and setting priority areas for its future work are crucial goals for achieving an effective response to trafficking in human beings in SEE.”

The document takes further the achievements of Network’s first decade and sets the agenda for the next five years. The document was elaborated with key input from all national anti-trafficking coordinators. The Strategy Paper 2020-2024 was presented at the Ministerial Meeting and endorsed by the ministers of interior of the Brdo Process member states.

The Network was initiated by the Slovenian Ministry of Interior and established during the Brdo Process Ministerial Conference in 2010 in Brdo Pri Kranju. ICMPD was appointed to serve as  Secretariat.  The Network is a state-led platform that ensures fulfilment of the commitments in the anti-trafficking field, agreed at ministerial level. The Anti-Trafficking Coordinators take the decisions, set the agenda and initiate the activities of the Network. The Network offers an informal and a flexible dialogue venue that serves as a forum for sharing good practices, discussing the needs of the countries and identifying areas for potential cooperation. Due to the commitment of all actors involved, the Network has become an effective and outstanding cooperation mechanism on anti-trafficking response and policy-making in the SEE region.

The full text of the strategy can be found here.

 

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Wed, 04 Mar 2020 12:14:12 +0100
Project News: Call for Applications for International Summer School on Migration in Georgia https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-call-for-applications-for-international-summer-school-on-migration-in-georgia/ Form 28-4 July 2020 the International Summer School on Migration will take place in Georgia. The...

The International Summer School on Migration is organised for the 7th time and is a joint initiative by two ICMPD-led projects: ENIGMMA 2 and the Prague Process Dialogue, Analyses and Training in Action. ICMPD invites all interested and eligible candidates to apply before the 31 March 2020.

The “International Summer School on Migration” takes place for the 7th time, is organised within the framework of two EU-funded projects, namely, the “Sustaining Migration Management in Georgia” (ENIGMMA 2) project and the “Prague Process: Dialogue, Analyses and Training in Action” (PP DATA) initiative – Strand C of the Mobility Partnership Facility II project. All projects are being implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). The Summer School takes place in Georgia from 28 June to 4 July 2020.

International academic experts from the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, University of Sussex, the Sorbonne University School of Economics, the Danube University Krems, VU Amsterdam, University Leiden and the Maastricht University Graduate School of Governance and ICMPD will lecture and mentor the students. 

They will mainly address the following issues: introduction to migration studies, migration and development, migration and the economy, perception of migrants, migration law, migration data, etc. The one-week summer school will provide multidisciplinary and innovative academic and research-oriented lectures, seminars and projects on issues related to migration situations and migration policies in the EU, its Eastern neighbourhood and worldwide. Teaching will be accompanied by research, practical exercises and interactive discussions. In total, up to 50 students from migration studies, journalism/ media studies, international law/ migration law, economy, demography, history and/ or social and political sciences can take part in the summer school. Young professionals working on migration issues are strongly encouraged to apply as well.

The call for applications for the Summer School is now open. The Summer School selection procedure will take place until 30 April 2020. Only selected candidates will be notified. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2020.

More information can be found on the designated project pages of ENIGMMA and Prague Process

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Tue, 03 Mar 2020 15:23:30 +0100
Project News: Ghanaian borders on focus https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-ghanaian-borders-on-focus/ An assessment of the Ghanaian border management and security system was conducted from 18-28...

ICMPD experts in border management, IT technologies, customs duties and professional training held meetings with stakeholders of the main governmental institutions involved in integrated border management in the Republic of Ghana (Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ministry of National Security, Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Customs Division and National Police). Mr. Kwame Asuah Takyi, Comptroller-General of the GIS and representing the main project partner and beneficiary, highlighted the importance of improving the border management and security in Ghana, particularly focusing on reducing irregular migration and cross border crime.

During the assessment mission, the expert team visited the main Ghanaian border crossing points of Aflao and Kpoglu (border with Togo), Elubo (border with Cote d’Ivore), Paga (border with Burkina Faso), Tema Harbour and the Kotoka International Airport. Meetings were held with senior management as well as operational staff from various state institutions. In addition, the assessment team visited the Training Academy of the GIS in Assin Fossu. Particular focus was devoted to necessary IT solutions to enable information exchange and interconnection at both the intra- and inter-agency levels, strengthening capacities of state officials via tailor-made institutional and joint training and the purchase of necessary equipment for the effective consolidation of GIS duties, among other elements.

The findings of the mission will be collected in the assessment report, which will provide the background information and recommendations for subsequent project activities. The project is funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) and implemented by ICMPD, in close cooperation with the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), until the end of 2023.

More information on the project can be found here.  

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Mon, 02 Mar 2020 15:53:55 +0100
ICMPD Around the Globe: Director General at UN Human Rights Council side-event https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/icmpd-around-the-globe-director-general-at-un-human-rights-council-side-event/ On 24 February 2020, ICMPD’s Director General was a panelist at the High-Level Panel Discussion “A... The panelists were Hon. Evarist Bartolo, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Malta, H.E. Ambassador Ehab Fawzy, Assistant Foreign Minister for Multilateral Affairs and International Security of Egypt and Carl Hallegard, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the UN Office in Geneva.

The event took place within the 43rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council and was co-organised with Malta, the Permanent Mission of the Arab Republic of Egypt, with the support of the European Union in framework of Euromed Migration Programme, which is implemented by ICMPD.

Panelists discussed ways to enable policy makers and international actors to better respect human rights as enshrined in international law in the development of migration policies by fostering a less polarized and evidence-based public debate on migration.

Director General Spindelegger highlighted the importance of good communication and proper information sharing: “We have seen that people do not feel well-informed about migration issues. From research, we know that people feel a strong need to discuss about migration and to exchange on their beliefs and concerns. Our political communication has to ensure an open and frank discussion with the people and the media as main messengers towards the public.”

Furthermore, the Director General conveyed the potential of positive stories and reporting in shaping the narrative on migration. “In 2018, more than 330,000 people received a positive decision on their asylum application in the EU. This is a strong confirmation of the rights-based approach of the EU and the will to help people in need of the protection. In the same year, there were almost 200,000 returns of people who did not fulfil the requirements for staying in the EU. This is a confirmation of the fact that the system is willing and able to enforce its decisions.”

 

Read the full speech by ICMPD Director General Michael Spindelegger here.

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Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:53:43 +0100