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, 19 Apr 2021 16:22:50 +0200 Project News: EU4IBM supports enhanced interagency cooperation, coordination and joint risk analysis https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-eu4ibm-supports-enhanced-interagency-cooperation-coordination-and-joint-risk-analysis/ On 15-16 April 2021, ICMPD facilitated a two-day international conference on enhancing interagency...

The conference gathered the representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, the Security Service of Ukraine, the National Police, the State Border Guard Service and the State Customs Service of Ukraine to review and discuss the existing and potential mechanisms for coordination, information exchange and risk analysis in border management in Ukraine.

The forum allowed representatives of the national IBM agencies to take stock of the current situation in Ukraine and obtain up-to-date information on existing EU practices with particular focus on establishment and operation of the national IBM coordination centres. The participants got acquainted with benefits of relevant approaches, institutional mechanisms, technical solutions and good practices in the area of interagency cooperation at the EU and member states’ levels. Specific attention was paid to the current situation in the field of coordination and information exchange, risk analysis, preparation and use of joint analytical products and discussion of the opportunities they provide.

In addition to Ukrainian agencies, the conference was attended by representatives of the national coordination centres of EU member states, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), the EU Advisory Mission to Ukraine (EUAM), the EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM), other international and regional projects working on integrated border management. Together the participants reviewed the existing and potential mechanisms for coordination and information exchange in Ukraine and EU member states, discussed the challenges and successful experiences in establishing interagency cooperation, as well as shared their views on proposed solutions.

In the long run, the conference should facilitate practical decision making aimed at enhancing the existing system of interagency cooperation, coordination, information exchange and risk analysis in Ukraine.

Mon, 19 Apr 2021 16:22:50 +0200
Project News: MIDAM project presents results & pending issues at Project Steering Group Meeting https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-midam-project-presents-results-pending-issues-at-project-steering-group-meeting/ Strengthening the Evidence Base for Migration Policies: A Central Migration Data Management...

During the meeting, the Project Steering Group (PSG) discussed updates about the tender call which was published by ICMPD for installing the new Migration Data Solution for Government of Jordan. This newly required solution will include all infrastructure, IT hardware, software and relevant programming; it is exclusive for Jordanian national IT companies.

In addition to updating the PSG about the tender dates, publication, submission deadline, and contract signature, the meeting aimed at presenting MIDAM achievements to date and the upcoming activities, besides explaining the function of the Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) that will be evaluating the tenders’ applications.

The PSG members discussed the criteria for selecting the winning vendor, and the qualifications of its staff members who will cover different fields of the new operational system. In addition to the guidelines of the tenders’ applications evaluation methodology and the agenda of the upcoming training workshops required after installing the migration data solution.

The meeting was conducted in the Ministry of Interior, and attended by the PSG members that includes senior representatives from the Jordanian Ministries of Interior, Planning, and Labor. In addition to the Public Security Department and the General Intelligence Department. 

Mon, 19 Apr 2021 11:53:37 +0200
Project News: ICMPD strengthens Iraq – Lebanon cooperation on border management https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-icmpd-strengthens-iraq-lebanon-cooperation-on-border-management/ On the 22 March – 1 April 2021, ICMPD facilitated cooperation between the Lebanese Armed Forces...

This cooperation was established as ICMPD supported the delivery of two basic level document security and identity courses delivered by Lebanese Armed Forces trainers to Iraqi border officers in Baghdad, Iraq. Having been trained and certified to deliver document security courses by the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee and other expert bodies such as IDcentre, the Lebanese Armed Forces is already well-accustomed to providing such training to its own and other state agencies in Lebanon.

However, this role took on a new international dimension when four Lebanese Armed Forces and one ICMPD trainer delivered two four-day courses covering the basics of imposter recognition, document substrates, printing techniques, security features and recognition of fake/forged documents to peers from the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, Border Ports Commission, Civil Aviation Authority and Prime Minister’s Office. Iraqi participants were drawn from front-line posts at Baghdad International Airport (BIAP), the busiest commercial and private airport in Iraq, where they will return to their duties following the training able to confidently apply the knowledge acquired to immediately improve the process of identifying and interdicting a wide range of cross-border crimes that rely upon the use of forged and fraudulent documents and identities. 

As well as representing a new phase of capacity evolution for the beneficiaries, the training also reflects a growing characteristic of international assistance - the promotion of local actors’ roles in the design and implementation of tailored intra-regional solutions in line with the European Parliament’s most recent resolutions (Resolution on improving development effectiveness and the efficiency of aid (2019/2184(INI))). 

Recognising the unique strengths and needs in the area of border management in both countries, namely, the emerging expertise of the Lebanese Armed Forces Land Border Regiments Training School (CTS) as a training institution on one hand, and the ambitions of Iraqi border authorities to develop their operational border management capacity on the other, the cooperation provided added value for both countries. 

For Iraqi counterparts, it allowed them to develop capacities with the benefit of EU-quality training coupled with integrating the linguistic, cultural and operational contexts of the region fully into the training delivery. For Lebanon, it provided a valuable experience for the Lebanese Armed Forces in functioning as a regional training provider. The successful activity provides the foundation for further strengthening of ties between the two countries on border management, with ICMPD well placed to continue to facilitate the partnership as it develops.

The initiative was jointly coordinated and funded by two ICMPD projects, the Integrated Border Management in the Silk Routes project (IBM Silk Routes), working in Iraq with EU funding, and the Netherlands Assistance to Lebanese Border Agencies project, working in Lebanon with funding from the Netherlands. 

The European Union funded IBM Silk Routes project aims to support the countries of the Silk Routes region, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan to improve their capacity to effectively and efficiently manage their national borders in line with EU and international good practice.

The Netherlands funded Netherlands Assistance to Lebanese Border Agencies (IBM) project works to support the effective establishment of the Lebanese Armed Forces Land Border Regiment Central Training School as an IBM training centre of excellence.

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 11:29:41 +0200
Project News: TALENTAS project concludes with recommendations on talent attraction for Lithuania https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-talentas-project-concludes-with-recommendations-on-talent-attraction-for-lithuania/ With Lithuania increasingly looking to international talent to drive growth, the TALENTAS project... As part of its analytical and capacity building support to the Government of Lithuania, ICMPD’s Policy Unit has published How can Lithuania harness international talent to drive growth? This policy paper examines the growing urgency to recruit talent to Lithuania, takes stock of efforts to date, and offers priority recommendations for attracting and retaining global talent. It places special emphasis on three key groups of global talent for Lithuania: (highly) skilled workers, international students, and members of the diaspora.

Accompanying this is Attracting international talent to Lithuania: International best practices and approaches, a guide based on practical experience in place-based talent attraction and retention. This guide presents key lessons learned that are relevant for Lithuania and other places currently developing or optimising their talent policy and practice.

These publications represent the culmination of the Developing a strategy for the implementation of talent policy in Lithuania (TALENTAS) project, funded by the European Union via the Structural Reform Support Programme and in cooperation with the Directorate General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM) of the European Commission. This project, which ran from 2019-2021, aimed to contribute to institutional, administrative, and growth-sustaining structural reforms in Lithuania to help the country attract and retain global talent. It was implemented in cooperation with the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the Lithuanian Ministry of Economy and Innovation and the Government Agency Invest Lithuania, as well as Future Place Leadership. The field research in Lithuania was coordinated jointly with Diversity Development Group.


How to attract, develop, and retain talent has become a key issue for countries competing for their share of the global talent pool, due to a growing understanding that not only will securing international talent be key to addressing negative demographic changes, it will also prove crucial to driving innovation and economic development. The case for talent attraction is particularly striking in Lithuania due to its demographic and economic situation, linked mostly to a history of emigration that has affected the country’s competitiveness and growth.

More information on the project can be found here.

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 18:30:24 +0200
Project News: ICMPD supports Ukrainian border guard agency for better human resource management https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-icmpd-supports-ukrainian-border-guard-agency-for-better-human-resource-management/ On 31 March-1 April 2021, ICMPD organised a two-day workshop for the experts of the State Border... The workshop was conducted under the EU-funded project "EU Support to Strengthening Integrated Border Management in Ukraine (EU4IBM)" as part of the overall project assistance to SBGS in improving human resources management (HRM).

The workshop was delivered to more than 100 SBGS HRM staff representing both the Administration and the regional level by international HRM experts and business process analysts from EU4IBM. Among other things, the participants studied the case of staff reassignment, one of the most complicated and lengthy business processes within SBGS. If the recommendations of EU4IBM experts are implemented, the proposed reengineering will decrease the number of process steps from 170 to 59, its execution time by 40%, and the waiting time by 84%. Such recommendations as well as the results of the comparative analysis of good HRM practices applied by border management, law enforcement and public service agencies of EU countries will contribute to the enhancement of SBGS HRM capacities.

The individual is also in the focus of the planned staff engagement survey, a bottom-up exercise helping to identify HR-related bottlenecks from the point of view of an average border guard, and thus to increase the overall ownership and engagement of staff in the longer term. Combined with other project activities such as review and assessment of the existing SBGS training architecture and capacity, recommendations from business processes analysis as well as conclusions of the past workshop on relevant EU and Ukrainian concepts, approaches and methodologies, the survey will help SBGS, assisted by EU4IBM project, in development of an efficient HRM Strategy and its Roadmap, and their further implementation.

Fri, 02 Apr 2021 12:34:00 +0200
Project News: “Strengthening Capability for Integrated Border Management in Lebanon Project” singed a new partnership agreement https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-strengthening-capability-for-integrated-border-management-in-lebanon-project-singed/ On 29 March, ICMPD signed a partnership agreement with the NATO affiliate Multinational CIMIC Group...

The agreement is a major milestone for both organizations in their long-standing efforts to support the Lebanese Security agencies in strengthening their capacities to effectively respond to the numerous challenges they are confronting. This will allow both entities to come a step closer to improving stability and security in Lebanon, particularly in border areas, with deployment of MNCG operator(s) to provide training and mentoring.

The Special Partnership Agreement was signed by Dr. Angiolo Rolli, Director for Resources and Operations Management and Colonel Mattia Zuzzi, Commander of Multinational CIMIC Group (MNCG).

“Strengthening Capability for Integrated Border Management in Lebanon” is a European Union funded project, implemented by ICMPD. Its main objective is to enhance capacities of Lebanese authorities to control the borders while facilitating movement of goods and bona fide travellers through a rights-based approach.

Fri, 02 Apr 2021 12:26:23 +0200
Project News: FReMM holds a Good Practice Workshop on monitoring forced returns for Moldovan stakeholders https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-fremm-holds-a-good-practice-workshop-on-monitoring-forced-returns-for-moldovan-stakeho/ On 24 March, ICMPD organised a workshop for Moldovan stakeholders in the framework of the project... Forced-return monitoring is aimed at documenting human rights compliance during the removal with a view to increase transparency and accountability in the removal process where human rights of returnees could be at stake. The Republic of Moldova has currently no legislative and procedural framework regulating the monitoring of the forced-return operations to and from the country. The objective of the workshop was to present the Report on Good Practices/Experiences on monitoring forced returns in the EU Member States and inform the setting-up of such monitoring system. The Report, developed based on a thorough gaps and needs analysis conducted by ICMPD within the Forced-Return Monitoring III project (FReM III), is comparing the legal systems, actors and procedures in the EU, and is to help identify jointly any replicable practices for the Moldovan context.

The Workshop triggered discussions among national stakeholders on various aspects such as the future institutional and legislative framework, funding options, training system, the standard profile of the monitor, monitors’ deployment, the monitoring process and guidelines, access to returnees, monitoring reports and their follow-up. Participants will continue these consultations in line with the FReMM work plan throughout the project implementation, especially for the immediately following activities concerning proposed legislative amendments and appointment of an independent monitoring body.

The FReMM project is supporting the relevant stakeholders to (1) reinforce the legal framework and mandate of the monitoring bodies, (2) establish monitoring guidelines and a sustainable framework for the monitoring bodies with clear division of responsibilities, (3) provide relevant training to the monitoring bodies and return enforcing institutions, and (4) enhance the legal grounds and procedural mechanisms for proper communication and coordination among the monitoring bodies and return enforcing institution. The project is implemented by ICMPD, and is funded by the Polish Ministry of the Interior and Administration.

More information on the FReMM project can be found here.


Fri, 26 Mar 2021 14:47:48 +0100
Project News: FReM III organises a Training for Forced-Return Monitors in the Netherlands https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-frem-iii-organises-a-training-for-forced-return-monitors-in-the-netherlands-1/ On 15-19 March 2021, ICMPD and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) organised a...

The training targeted forced-return monitors from national competent bodies that carry out or may carry out forced-return monitoring in accordance with Article 8(6) of the Return Directive (2008/115/EC) and those that are nominated to the pool of forced-return monitors established by Article 51 of European Border and Coast Guard Regulation (2019/1896). The training equipped participants with the overall competence to monitor and report on fundamental rights compliance in forced-return operations in accordance with international and EU human rights law.

Due to the ongoing pandemic and related measures in place, the training included a smaller group of participants with overall seven monitors from six different countries and one monitor from the Frontex Fundamental Rights Office. The comprehensive four and a half day training consisted of theoretical and practical sessions on relevant topics such as: legal framework, different types and phases of return operations; the Frontex mandate in return operations and the pool of forced-return monitors; fundamental rights and the role of monitors; the role of escorts and the use of coercive measures; and the impact of monitoring and coping strategies. The methodology applied included interactive lectures, various group exercises, discussion rounds, practical exercises and simulations.  

The training was implemented by experts from the Frontex Fundamental Rights Office and the European Centre for Returns, fundamental rights and monitoring trainers from the Czech Republic, Greece and Romania, escort trainers from the Netherlands and Portugal as well as ICMPD. A member from the Council of Europe (CoE) European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) delivered a lecture on the CPT recommendations for return operations.

According to Article 51 of the EBCG Regulation 2019/1896 Member States shall be responsible for contributing to the “[…] pool of forced-return monitors from competent bodies of the Member States who carry out forced-return monitoring activities in accordance with Article 8(6) of Directive 2008/115/EC […]”. In line with this provision, FReM III supports Frontex and Member States to further enlarge and institutionalise the Pool with qualified, trained and independent forced-return monitors.

The training programme can be viewed here.

More information on the project can be found here.

Tue, 23 Mar 2021 12:55:55 +0100
Project News: New report on “Communication on Migration” published by MC2CM https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-new-report-on-communication-on-migration-published-by-mc2cm/ The Mediterranean City-to-City Migration (MC2CM) issued a new Thematic Learning Report drawing on...

This report sheds light on opportunities and challenges for rebalancing migration narratives in Mediterranean cities, especially when they are not based on evidence. Polarized migration-related stories often underestimate the complexity of human mobility and have significant effects on how the reality of migration plays out at the local level. Amid the uncertainty of the COVID19 pandemic, cities may see a raise in anti-migrants’ attitudes. Therefore, to shape migration-related policies, governments must work to close the gap between public perceptions and evidence-based migration narratives. 

This publication endorses strategic communication that enhances social cohesion and portrays cities as agents of migration. Furthermore, it proposes a set of policy recommendations to support and enhance the role of cities in promoting balanced migration narratives.

The study is available in English, French and Arabic

Check out the Mediterranean City-to-City Migration (MC2CM) webpage.

Excerpts of the regional event held online available here

Mon, 22 Mar 2021 10:27:50 +0100
Project News: Ukrainian border guard officers trained to deliver efficient presentations with EU support https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-ukrainian-border-guard-officers-trained-to-deliver-efficient-presentations-with-eu-sup/ On 17-18 March 2021, the representatives of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (SBGS)...

The training aimed to help SBGS staff to develop and conduct more effective presentations both within the service, at the interagency level, in communication with partners as well as with media and wider public. In particular, in the area of integrated border management (IBM), the new skills will help better visualize the results of IBM Strategy and Action Plan implementation, support public communication of SBGS and Interagency Work Group on IBM developments in Ukraine, present analytical products, various policy, legal and regulatory documents in the area of IBM and interagency cooperation, other achievements including the results of the ongoing reform. 

The training was conducted for staff of the Department of Analytical Support, Strategic and Current Planning and delivered by an experienced certified trainer. The participants learned about modern techniques of creating constructive and convincing presentations: from intricacies of defining target audiences and choosing appropriate approaches to convey the right message up to rules of developing and delivering effective presentations in view of chosen formats, available equipment or selected venue. During the training, the participants were also given a practical task to develop a thematic presentation of their choice to reinforce their new skills.

The training became another project activity to support national IBM stakeholders in developing tools and procedures to effectively steer IBM policy development and implementation in Ukraine, in particular in the context of monitoring and control of the national IBM Strategy and Action Plan implementation. 

Fri, 19 Mar 2021 09:31:18 +0100