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, 06 Dec 2019 12:55:59 +0100 ICMPD supporting Afghanistan develop a National Strategy and Action Plan for Integrated Border Management https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/icmpd-supporting-afghanistan-develop-a-national-strategy-and-action-plan-for-integrated-border-manag/ On the 1-3 December 2019, ICMPD welcomed Deputy Ministers of Finance, Defence, Transport and...

The Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. Walid Tamim led the Afghan delegation and was accompanied by Mr. Abdul Rauf, Deputy Minister of Defence, Strategy and Policy, Mr. Shaikh Matin, Deputy Minister of Transport, Mr. Mher Sabar, Acting Deputy Minister for Planning and Policy of the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, as well as Director General and Deputy Director General level representatives from the Ministry of Interior Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs respectively. Technical border management experts from each ministry accompanied the senior officials in the ICMPD workshop.

The workshop was organised by ICMPD within the framework of the European Union funded Integrated Border Management in the Silk Routes Countries (IBM Silk Routes) project, implemented by ICMPD, with the purpose of establishing the foundation and process for drafting and adopting a national IBM strategy. The workshop was the first of four workshop to be continued in 2020 that shall support the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan draft a National Strategy and Action Plan. The strategy development process shall follow a four phases methodology that shall support development of all aspects of a National Strategy; from the establishment of a national level strategic mission statement; through the elaboration of specific objectives and actions; and ultimately leading to the design of monitoring and governance mechanisms supporting implementation. 

The Integrated Border Management (IBM) concept calls for cooperation and coordination between all actors involved in border management at national and international level. By improving communication, information exchange and mutual assistance of and between border services, the state border can be managed more successfully. The concept aims at simultaneously enhancing trade facilitation and ensuring a high level of border security and has the potential to support Afghanistan augment its economic development, national security, and ultimately contribute towards efforts to achieve economic self-sufficiency. 

Introducing measures that facilitate the conduct of cross-border trade in a smooth, cost-effective and secure manner shall support Afghanistan to capitalise on the potential benefits offered by multiple regional connectivity initiatives, including the Lapiz Lazuli transit route (connecting Afghanistan to Europe via Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey), the Chabarhar Deep Sea Port (connecting with Iran and India), and complementing other regional transport corridors, such as Turkey’s Middle Corridor Project and the Five Nations Railway Corridor. In parallel, Afghanistan’s efforts to curtail the illicit trafficking and irregular transit of people, goods, arms, currency and narcotics, as well as implement effective public safety, anti-corruption and counter-terrorism policies may be strengthened through well-coordinated and equipped border management agencies.

Participants welcomed the potential of an IBM Strategy to support the current priorities of Afghanistan across multiple policy domains, including security, trade, economic development, and migration. Furthermore, they concluded that the strategy must be developed by Afghans for Afghanistan to ensure sustainability, and welcomed the proposed multi-agency methodology for placing the role and leadership of the Afghan government at the forefront of this process.

The IBM Silk Routes project is funded by the European Union to support the countries of the Silk Routes region, covering Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq and Pakistan, in building more effective and efficient border management systems, using as a blueprint the Integrated Border Management (IBM) concept and its developments and translating them to the specific situations and realities of the region. This ICMPD project was initiated in January 2019 and will run for a duration of 4 years. 

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:55:59 +0100
Project News: FReM III develops a fundamental rights and forced-return monitoring training concept for escort officers https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-frem-iii-develops-a-fundamental-rights-and-forced-return-monitoring-training-concept-f/ ICMPD and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) organised two trainings of trainers... One of the seven components of the FReM III project is specifically aimed at contributing to the harmonisation of fundamental rights training for escort officers in MSs. Therefore, ICMPD developed jointly with its project partners a trainer’s manual for a fundamental rights and forced-return monitoring training of escort officers in MSs. The overall concept was agreed during a workshop held in Cyprus in May 2019 where the learning outcomes envisaged for the training, content to be covered, overall structure and methodology for the various sessions were also defined.

In order to familiarise escort officers and monitor trainers with the training and the materials, two training of trainers were organised; another round will take place in 2020. The objective of these training of trainers’ sessions was to support participants in developing an understanding of the course methodologies and gaining the skills to deliver this training in their respective MSs. Ultimately, the trainers shall disseminate the knowledge and the training concept at a national level, i.e. by introducing it to other colleagues for further implementation.

The training is targeted at escort officers.  It can be delivered to law enforcement officers either as part of their training to become escort officers or as a refresher course. It includes four main sessions on fundamental rights; monitoring mechanisms; the roles and responsibilities of monitors; and reporting and follow-up. 

Forced-return operations must be conducted in a humane manner, respect the dignity of the persons being returned and comply fully with fundamental rights as enshrined in the EU Charter and relevant international human rights law. In line with these principles, escort officers executing a return decision by the relevant state authorities and who accompany third-country nationals being forcibly returned, should know and understand the fundamental rights that specifically apply to forced-return operations. They should also be fully aware of the role, mandate and responsibilities of forced-return monitors who monitor forced-return operations; in particular, the information and support that monitors possibly require before, during and after an operation.

For further information, please visit the FReM webpage.

Agenda training of trainers.

Mon, 02 Dec 2019 17:55:13 +0100
Project News: High-level event on public communication on migration for a new balanced narrative in Athens https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-high-level-event-on-public-communication-on-migration-for-a-new-balanced-narrative-in/ On 11-12 November 2019, the second Euro-Mediterranean Communicator’s Workshop and a high-level... The event aimed to respond to growing concerns amidst rising and widespread public misperception on migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The EMM4 programme has long been at the forefront of efforts to re-balance the narrative on migration. Along with the Club of Venice, it provided a strategic platform for migration policymakers and communication specialists to share views and work out overarching strategies to steer the debate away from unproductive narratives and towards evidence-based policy-making.

The high-level panel included Michael Spindelleger, ICMPD Director General, Giorgos Koumoutsakos, Alternate Minister of Citizen Protection, responsible for Migration Policy of Greece, Maciej Popowski, Deputy Director General, Directorate General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission, Professor Andrew Geddes, Chair in Migration Studies and Director of the Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute and Stefano Rolando, President of the Club of Venice.

During the panel, participants shared their views, opinions and policy recommendations in relation to the issue of tackling a distorted narrative on migration. They discussed concrete proposals for enhanced cooperation among the governmental and institutional actors involved in the region, future allocation of resources, bolstering relations with the media, production of solid analysis of digital channels and trends in order to fight disinformation and the dissemination of false news.

Julien Simon, ICMPD Regional Coordinator for the Mediterranean, moderated the event. He stressed the importance of implementing a comprehensive communication strategy in the Euro-Mediterranean region to prevent misperceptions, counter disinformation and properly address the challenges and benefits of strengthening migration policy recommendations.

The scope of the 2nd Euro-Mediterranean Communicators’ Workshop was to consolidate a community of practice for communicators, through deepening of knowledge and sharing of experience. The workshop served as platform of discussion to inform the development of concrete recommendations for governmental and institutional communicators. This was based on the findings of the work conducted by ICMPD and the Observatory of Public Attitudes to Migration (OPAM) in the framework of EMM4.

Among the main issues discussed in the workshop, prominence was given to:

  • Measuring attitudes and exploring determinants: Stability and polarization
  • Assessing the role of Public Communicators in shaping a new narrative: An unchartered path but clear potential ahead
  • Drawing a way forward for public Communication on Migration: next steps and practical recommendations for communicators

Further information on EMM4 can be found here.

Fri, 29 Nov 2019 12:19:28 +0100
Project News: Launch of the Integrated Border Management project https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-launch-of-the-integrated-border-management-project/ In Amman, on November 18, ICMPD together with the Government of Jordan, the European Union (EU),...

The event was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC), Border and Residency Department (BRD), General Intelligence (GID), Jordan Customs (JC), the EU Delegation, UN agencies, International organisations, EU Ambassadors, international partners and non-governmental organisations.

Funded under the EU Action ‘Support to Integrated Border Management in Jordan’, IBM aims at supporting Jordanian authorities to develop an integrated approach to border management, strengthen trade facilitation practices and measures, and enhance capacities to fight transnational crime.

The EU Ambassador to Jordan, H.E Ms Maria Hadjitheodosiou, remarked how “trade and security go hand in hand in sustaining the social fabric and stability of the country. This explains our full support to specific activities on facilitating trade procedures on border crossing points while at the same time fighting organised crime and smuggling."

Jordan plays a pivotal role in the Middle East, acting as a land bridge for passage both east to west and north to south. Jordan’s geographic location makes it primarily a transit point for commodities destined to neighbouring consuming markets through its critical crossing points such as the port of Aqaba, handling 78% of Jordan’s exports and 65% of the country’s imports and Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) handling 84% of the nation's air cargo and which remains among the few airports offering air connectivity between conflict zones and the rest of the world.

In the four years of implementation period, IBM will contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and more specifically will contribute to a significant reduction of the illicit financial and arms flows, strengthening the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime while strengthening the relevant national institutions capacity, at all levels to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime.

Thu, 28 Nov 2019 16:03:23 +0100
Vienna Migration Conference 2019 initiates discussion on the most critical issues in migration policy https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/vienna-migration-conference-2019-initiates-discussion-on-the-most-critical-issues-in-migration-polic/ From 21-22 November, ICMPD hosted the Vienna Migration Conference for the fourth time. Entitled...

The conference was opened by ICMPD Director General, Michael Spindelegger, who spoke of the importance of bringing together, and giving a platform to voices from Europe and its neighbourhood to discuss the most pressing issues in migration. “In view of the European elections we have devoted our own defining views of what should happen in the next phase in the European migration policy making. In line with the this year’s Vienna Migration Conference, we have called our programme “breaking gridlocks and moving forward.” He introduced ICMPD’s 70 migration policy recommendations for the new European Commission, which acted as the background to all discussions.

The conference was traditionally opened with a high-level political level and the discussion focused on the priorities and goals for sustainable and comprehensive European migration responses. It included:

  • Mr Péter Szijjártó, Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary 
  • Hon Carmelo Abela, Minister, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Malta 
  • Mr İsmail Çataklı, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Interior, Turkey 
  • Mr Giorgos Koumoutsakos, Alternate Minister for Migration Policy, Ministry of Citizen Protection, Greece 
  • Ms Cláudia Pereira, State Secretary for Integration and Migration, Ministry of State and Presidency, Portugal 
  • Ms Nina Gregori, Executive Director, European Asylum Support Office 

The evening culminated in a reception hosted by Mr Jürgen Czernohorszky, Executive City Councillor for Education, Integration, Youth and Personnel of Vienna on behalf of the Mayor of Vienna. 

Breaking internal gridlocks and moving forward 

The second day of the conference was opened by Director General Michael Spindelegger and ICMPD Deputy Director General and Director of Policy, Research and Strategy, Mr Lukas Gehrke. Mr Wolfgang Peschorn, Federal Minster, Federal Ministry of Interior, Austria gave a speech. 

Mr Ilkka Salma, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Interior of Finland,  gave a speech on “EU migration policy priorities of Finland’s presidency of the Council of the EU”.

The first panel on the 22nd November went on to discuss the instruments needed for a comprehensive European migration governance system. Panellists included: 

  • Ambassador Vincenzo Mascioli, Director, International Cooperation Directorate, State Secretariat for Migration, Switzerland 
  • Ms Alexandra Wilton Wahren, Director General for Legal Affairs, Migration and Asylum, Ministry of Justice, Sweden 
  • Mr Daan Huisinga, Deputy Director General, Directorate-General International Migration, Ministry of Justice and Security, The Netherlands 
  • Ms Jessica Däbritz, Head of Directorate, Directorate for Migration, Refugees, European Harmonisation, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, Germany 
  • Mr Georg Kapsch, President, Federation of Austrian Industries 
  • Ms Laura Corrado, Head of Unit, Legal Pathways and Integration, Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission 

Mr Mark Schieritz, Political Correspondent, Die Zeit, commented on the discussion. The panel was moderated by Mr Ralph Genetzke, Head of the ICMPD Brussels Mission. 

Sustainable migration partnerships 

The final panel of the conference focused on Europe, its neighbourhood and migration routes and discussed ways in which sustainable migration partnerships can be formed. Ms Sedef Dearing, Head of the Budapest Process, Secretariat and Regional Coordinator for the Silk Routes region at ICMPD, moderated this panel. Natasha Bertaud, Deputy Chief Spokesperson of the European Commission provided a commentary on this roundtable. Natasha Bertaud, Deputy Chief Spokesperson of the European Commission provided a commentary on this roundtable.

The panel included:

  • Mr Peter Webinger, Director General, Directorate-General for Migration, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Austria 
  • Mr Amr El Sherbini, Deputy Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Refugees, Migration and Combatting Trafficking in Persons , Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Egypt 
  • Ms Ece Özbayoğlu Acarsoy, Deputy Director General, Deputy Directorate General for Immigration Asylum and Visa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey 
  • Mr Christian Leffler, Deputy Secretary General, European External Action Service 
  • Mr Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, Regional Representative of the UNHCR

The panel was followed by a discussion concerning best practices for charting the way forward for migration policies with Ms. Natasha Bertaud, Deputy Chief Spokesperson, European Commission and Marta Foresti, Human Mobility Initiative, Overseas Development Institute, which was moderated by ICMPD’s Mr Martijn Plum, Director of Migration Dialogues and Co-operation. 


This year also saw the introduction of five roundtables, which complemented the conference and focused on different areas of migration. These included “Geopolitical Outlook: Migration trends and regional responses”, “Getting to a credible narrative on migration and migration policies”, “The Way Forward on Skills Shortages and the Global Competition for Talent”, “Secondary Movements – Dimension, Motives & Possible Solutions” and “A complementary migration research agenda, quo vadis for the next five to ten years?”. Each roundtable hosted experts from the field of migration and aimed to facilitate in-depth dialogue on specific migration topics.  

The conference also offered its participants the opportunity to explore the diversity of ICMPD’s migration expertise with a number of information stands and desks. In addition, this year, for the first time ICMPD hosted five senior-level roundtables at the forefront of the conference. 

With its record number of visitors, high-level participants and the addition of the roundtable events, the Vienna Migration Conference has become a significant platform for continuous informal and open dialogue between different actors in the migration sphere. The outcomes of the event will be shared in a conference publication which shall be released by the beginning of 2020.

Further information: 

Website of the Vienna Migration Conference

Photo gallery 

Opening speeches by Michael Spindelegger on 21st November and on 22nd November

Press Release 

Download 70 Recommendations 

Mon, 25 Nov 2019 15:28:38 +0100
Project News: EUDiF’s inaugural diaspora consultation in Lisbon https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-eudifs-inaugural-diaspora-consultation-in-lisbon/ In Lisbon on 9 and 10 November 2019, the EU Global Diaspora Facility (EUDiF) organised its first... The event gathered participants from 14 diaspora organisations based in Portugal and Spain to discuss their interests, needs, opportunities and challenges as development actors in their countries and regions of origin. Between them, the participants have connections to nine different countries in Africa and Latin America.

Vasco Malta, Director of Department of Migration Policy, International Relations and Enrolment of Migrants of the Portuguese High Commission for Migration officiated the inaugural diaspora consultation. The European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), the project’s funder, was represented by Programme Manager Ron Hendrix who presented the EU’s perspective on the potential of diaspora for development and the DEVCO’s interest in supporting diaspora development actors via the EUDiF. ICMPD’s Head of Programme - Global Initiatives, Oleg Chirita, presented on diaspora and the global development agenda, before Senior Project Manager Aurélie Sgro introduced the EUDiF initiative. The consultation was held at the National Immigrant Support Centre (CNAI).

During the event, participants shared stories about their work in both their country of origin and in the EU, ranging from the creation of networks and the promotion of alliances to the protection of women’s rights or humanitarian support to targeted local groups. Through participatory activities, the group identified common interests, needs, opportunities and challenges and developed recommendations in response to the needs and challenges.

The Lisbon event is the first in a series of consultations across Europe which bring together diaspora organisations with heritage in all regions of the world. The next will be in Brussels in February 2020. Results of the consultations feed into other EUDiF activities, including forthcoming capacity building and meetings with DEVCO partner countries.

EUDiF is a new project implemented by ICMPD with the objective of enhancing development collaboration between EU-based diaspora organisations, countries of origin & the EU. The project runs from June 2019 until the end of 2022 and will, inter alia, conduct a global mapping of diaspora engagement, deliver capacity building, organise consultations and exchanges with diaspora and countries of origin, and deploy diaspora expertise for development projects.

For more information on the EUDiF, please contact EU-diaspora@icmpd.org 

Read more about why ICMPD believes in the impact of diaspora engagement for development.

Follow EUDiF on Twitter @diaspora4devEU and keep up with future consultations via #diasporavoices

Thu, 21 Nov 2019 18:46:23 +0100
Press Release:Vienna Migration Conference 2019: presenting ICMPD’s 70 recommendations for EU migration policy https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/press-releasevienna-migration-conference-2019-presenting-icmpds-70-recommendations-for-eu-migrati/ Vienna, 20.11.2019 – In its fourth year, the "Vienna Migration Conference" organised by the... The conference, which takes place on 21 – 22 November at the Aula of Sciences, will focus on 2019 as a critical year for developing Europe’s future policy directions in the area of migration. In this regard, ICMPD has developed 70 concrete recommendations for the path ahead. They should serve as input for the work of the newly appointed European Commission whose task will be to build on the progress already made and move past the gridlock that has characterised EU migration policy in recent years. The 70 recommendations for EU migration policy have been developed in close cooperation with ICMPD´s 17 Member States and are officially published today.

ICMPD’s Director General, Michael Spindelegger, who initiated the first Vienna Migration Conference in 2016, stresses the importance of European states searching for joint solutions: “The EU and its Member States must reconfirm their commitment towards a common vision, approach and system. We need a reformed European migration agenda that is developed and supported by all partners and has a clear concept of what exactly European migration policy aims to achieve. This can only be managed when we leave behind the political controversy disclosed by the 2015 crisis and use the momentum of the EU election year for pressing the reset button on EU migration policy making.” 

The conference will start with a high-level political panel, gathering European ministers and state secretaries responsible for migration. These include:

  • Mr Péter Szijjártó, Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary 
  • Hon. Carmelo Abela, Minister, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Malta 
  • Mr İsmail Çatakli, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Interior, Turkey 
  • Mr Giorgos Koumoutsakos, Alternate Minister for Migration Policy, Ministry of Citizen Protection, Greece
  • Ms Cláudia Pereira, State Secretary for Integration and Migration, Portugal

The high-level decision makers will share their views on the goals and priorities for migration policy making in Europe for the next five years. 

The second day of the conference will gather well known migration experts from Europe and its neighbourhood. The first panel will discuss how the EU can overcome its internal divisions over a common migration agenda and break the gridlocks that hamper the development of a comprehensive European migration governance system. Panellists, among others, include Ms Jessica Däbritz, Head of Directorate, Directorate for Migration, Refugees, European Harmonisation, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, Germany and Ms Laura Corrado, Head of Unit, Legal Pathways and Integration Unit, Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission. 

The second panel will focus on the external dimension of the EU’s migration policy and on how to move forward in establishing sustainable partnerships with countries in the neighbourhood and along migration routes. The panel will host Mr Amr El Sherbini, Deputy Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Refugees, Migration & Combatting Trafficking in Persons, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Egypt, Mr Peter Webinger, Director General, Directorate-General for Migration, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Austria, Mr Christian Leffler, Deputy Secretary General, European External Action Service, and Ms Ece Özbayoğlu Acarsoy, Deputy Director General, Deputy Directorate General for Immigration Asylum and Visa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey.

The Vienna Migration Conference 2019 will welcome an audience of around 500 invited guests. 

Download ICMPD’s 70 recommendations for the next five years of EU migration policy here. 

Download the Press Release as a PDF here. 

Wed, 20 Nov 2019 10:51:02 +0100
Project News: FReM III Organises a Training for Forced-Return Monitors in Rome https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-frem-iii-organises-a-training-for-forced-return-monitors-in-rome/ Within the EU funded project Forced-Return Monitoring III (FReM III), the International Centre for...

The training targeted newly appointed and experienced forced-return monitors from competent national bodies that carry out or may carry out forced-return monitoring in accordance with Article 8(6) of the Return Directive (2008/115/EC). It aimed 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.

Eighteen monitors from eleven different countries attended the comprehensive five-day long training consisting of theoretical and practical sessions on various topics such as: return including the relevant legal framework and the different types and phases of return operations; the Frontex mandate in return operations; fundamental rights and the role of monitors; the role of escorts and the use of coercive measures. The methodology included interactive lectures, various group exercises, simulations and discussion rounds. Three colleagues from the Frontex Consultative Forum representing the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) participated as observers in the training. 

The activity was implemented by ICMPD, the Frontex Training Unit and the Fundamental Rights Office, by fundamental rights and monitoring experts from the Czech Republic, Greece and Romania and escort trainers from Austria, the Netherlands, Italy and Portugal.  A member from the Council of Europe (CoE) European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) also participated in the training and delivered a lecture on the CPT recommendations with regard to return operations.

According to Article 51 of the EBCG Regulation 2019/1896 all 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 […]” “[…] by nominating forced-return monitors corresponding to the defined profile.” In line with this, FReM III supports Frontex and Member States to further enlarge and institutionalise the Pool with qualified and trained independent forced-return monitors.  

Project description 

Training programme

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 16:25:30 +0100
Project News: MIEUX presents Standard Operating Procedures to protect victims of trafficking https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-mieux-presents-standard-operating-procedures-to-protect-victims-of-trafficking/ On 10 and 11 November 2019, the Migration EU eXpertise Initiative, funded by the European Union and...

These guiding principles will act as standard operating procedures for two shelters in Amman providing Victims of Trafficking (VoT) with accommodation and first-line services. The request for MIEUX support came after the findings of the 2016 Mission Report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons. Especially women and children stipulated that the provision of comprehensive support in Jordan´s shelters could be enhanced by creating a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for staff about the types of support available and language barriers, among others.

The action has covered two shelters in Amman, one managed by MoSD and another by the Jordanian Women’s Union (JWU), a state NGO. Both centres, located in Amman, cover basic needs and provide counselling, legal and rehabilitation services to VoTs. 

Since 2009, MIEUX has worked on 26 actions that have a component of Trafficking in Human Beings (THB). In recent years, requests to work on this pillar of the Global Approach on Migration and Mobility (GAMM) have focused especially on investigation of THB cases, protection of VoTs and of vulnerable populations such as unaccompanied migrant children in contexts of mixed migration. MIEUX´s recent achievements in this area include capacity building actions in Thailand, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Peru. 

Visit MIEUX’s website to find out more about this action.

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:02:49 +0100
Project News: Retaining international and domestic talents – consultation meeting in Vilnius https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-retaining-international-and-domestic-talents-consultation-meeting-in-vilnius/ On 5 November, ICMPD organised a consultation meeting dealing with the question of how to retain...

The meeting served as a platform to present the project and exchange information on the current situation and initiatives in the area of talent policy. During the consultation meeting, key experts and stakeholders discussed labour migration trends, labour market shortages, and skills in the context of talent attraction. The also addressed chances and challenges in talent policy in Lithuania. The event gathered representatives of government institutions, local authorities, employers as well as the nongovernmental sector and academia involved in this area. The international experts on regional talent attraction and retention from“Future Place Leadership” shared best practice examples in the field. 

Context and Background

Competition for talent has become an essential topic for business and countries, which are increasingly active in introducing measures to both attract talents and better retain those they have attracted. The demographic and labour market situation in Lithuania, linked among others with emigration has been affecting the county’s competitiveness and ability to attract foreign direct investment. Lithuania remains a country with the highest negative net migration in the EU with immigration having only a symbolic compensatory effect. Lithuania’s economy showed a reasonably steady growth trend accompanied by improving living standards, increasing employment and lower unemployment rates. At the same time, it’s attractiveness for talent remains relatively limited. 

About the project

The event was organised within the project Developing a strategy for the implementation of a talent policy in Lithuania (TALENTAS), currently implemented by ICMPD. The objective of the project is to contribute to attracting and retaining higher numbers of talents in Lithuania, including students, graduates, and highly skilled Lithuanians living abroad. It targets relevant Lithuanian public institutions, employers, as well as universities in order to increase their institutional capacities to formulate, develop and implement reform policies and action. The results will be a number of concrete deliverables including reports and working papers on best practices. 

More information on “TALENTAS” can be found here.

Tue, 05 Nov 2019 09:43:49 +0100