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 Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:18:05 +0100 Signing of a Seat Agreement between the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ICMPD https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/signing-of-a-seat-agreement-between-the-government-of-the-federal-republic-of-nigeria-and-icmpd/ On 16 January 2020, the Seat Agreement between the International Centre for Migration Policy... ICMPD welcomes the trust instilled by the Nigerian Government, and looks forward to continue the close collaboration with the Government in the pursuit of making migration and mobility of people in the region orderly, safe and regular, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies.

The signing of this Seat Agreement between the Federal Government of Nigeria and ICMPD is significant in renewing and further strengthening ICMPD’s commitment to provide an alternative approach to migration management in Nigeria. The negotiation, which started in 2015, saw both parties through a very rigorous and intense process that provided deeper insights on the potential benefits for cooperation between both entities. 

In Nigeria, ICMPD has been working closely with key national institutions, including amongst others NCFRMI, NIS, NiDCOM, NAPTIP, NCCE, NERDC – through its three-pillar approach that focuses on research, migration dialogues and capacity building to contribute to better migration management, policy development and cooperation.

For example, in the context of the EU funded Migration EU Expertise Project (MIEUX), ICMPD worked with Nigerian institutions to enhance their capacities to better manage borders and curb irregular migration, especially at maritime borders and with regards to investigation and prosecution of irregular migration cases. In the area of labour migration, the project also supported the delivery, collection and analysis of reliable data on labour migration in order to promote the design of appropriate policy responses. 

Within the framework of the EU and ECOWAS funded FMM West Africa project, ICMPD worked with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) on the infusion of Trafficking In Persons (TIP) issues into school curricula in Nigeria.  In order to facilitate the rollout of the infused curricula, ICMPD also partnered with the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), to mainstream TIP issues into the Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) Minimum Standards, to conduct training of trainers and introduce a dedicated course on TIP into the Nigerian Colleges of Education curriculum.

With the support of the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior and in close cooperation with the Nigerian Government, ICMPD is implementing the SUPREM project - a pilot project developed in response to the challenges related to the return of irregular migrants. The project aims to create a structural framework for Private-Public-Partnerships (PPP) and multi-stakeholder dialogue to foster sustainable and dignified return and reintegration. 

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Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:18:05 +0100
ICMPDAround the Globe: ICMPD Director General attended OECD High-Level Policy Forum as a panellist https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/icmpdaround-the-globe-icmpd-director-general-attended-oecd-high-level-policy-forum-as-a-panellist/ ICMPD DG Michael Spindelegger was a panellist at the High-Level Policy Forum on Migration and...

Under the title “Building a Whole-of-Society Approach to Emerging Migration and Integration Challenges”, the High-Level Policy Forum provided the opportunity to engage in a conversation between Ministers and senior officials as well as a wide range of key stakeholders. Altogether, about 300 senior-level participants visited the forum from all OECD countries as well as from selected non-OECD countries for this event. The High-Level Policy Forum was chaired by Switzerland with Chile and Spain as Vice-Chairs. 

Michael Spindelegger took part in the session on “Innovation in skills partnerships”, which dealt with the question on how to match talent in origin countries with labour needs in destination countries while avoiding negative impacts on the origin countries and introduced ICMPD’s initiatives in this field. 

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Tue, 14 Jan 2020 12:04:38 +0100
Project News: EU & ICMPD signs contribution agreement for the ENHANCER Project in Turkey https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-eu-icmpd-signs-contribution-agreement-for-the-enhancer-project-in-turkey/ On 20th of December, the European Union Delegation in Turkey hosted the signature ceremony of the...

The signature ceremony and the press conference has been attended by the Head of the Delegation of the EU in Turkey, Ambassador Berger, Advisor to Vice-President Afşarata and ICMPD Western Balkans & Turkey Project Manager Pınar Yapanoğlu, as well as EU’s other implementing partners.

During the Press Conference, Ambassador Berger said “We are here to mark the EU's continuous commitment to support people in need together with the government officials and our implementing partners.”

The ENHANCER (Enhancement of Entrepreneurship Capacities for Sustainable Socio-Economic Integration) Project has been developed to provide a comprehensive, innovative and inclusive support with a strategic approach in order to contribute to the socio-economic inclusion of the Syrians Under Temporary Protection (SuTPs) to Turkish Citizens.  The overall objective of the ENHANCER Project is to enhance the socio-economic inclusion of the SuTPs through improving employment and livelihood opportunities.

The project starts in January 2020 and will be implemented during 48 months in different regions of Turkey.

For more information on the signature ceremony: https://www.avrupa.info.tr/en/pr/signature-three-contracts-under-facility-refugees-turkey-european-union-launches-eu210-million

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Fri, 27 Dec 2019 10:17:36 +0100
ICMPD Around the Globe: Director General Michael Spindelegger participates in the Global Refugee Forum 2019 https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/icmpd-around-the-globe-director-general-michael-spindelegger-participates-in-the-global-refugee-for/ From 16-18 December 2019, UNHCR together with Switzerland hosted the first -ever Global Refugee...

The aim of the Forum is to generate new approaches and long-term commitments from a variety of actors to help refugees and the communities in which they live. Worldwide, over 70 million people are displaced by war, conflict, and persecution. More than 25 million of them are refugees, having fled across international borders and unable to return to their homes.

In his remarks to the plenary, Michael Spindelegger said: 

“Currently, only three percent of the global refugee population have access to the so called durable solutions of repatriation, resettlement and local integration. This basic fact should be the frame for all our action.”

The contributions made at the Forum are expected to include financial, technical, and material assistance; legal and policy changes to enable greater inclusion of refugees in society; resettlement places, and the safe return for refugees as part of solutions.

Download the speech by Michael Spindelegger here.

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Wed, 18 Dec 2019 11:04:43 +0100
Project News: ICMPD supports implementation of Turkey’s National Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Mechanism https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-icmpd-supports-implementation-of-turkeys-national-assisted-voluntary-return-and-reint/ On 9-12th December 2019, ICMPD organised a four day long National Assisted Voluntary Return and... During the workshop, participants from the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM), Turkish Red Crescent (KIZILAY), Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs discussed the priorities and needs of the National Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (N-AVRR) mechanism. The participants were presented with the examples of Switzerland’s programme, followed by a simulation of an AVR operation in Switzerland.

The representatives from the Belgian Federal Agency for Reception of Asylum Seekers (FEDASIL) and the Municipality of Antwerp presented examples of outreach as well as an AVR case simulation in Belgium.

Experts from the European Return and Reintegration Network (ERRIN) and the Turkish N-AVRR stakeholders discussed requirements for a successful N-AVRR mechanism, including design, planning, implementation and monitoring requirements for the national mechanism.

The participants discussed and identified operational structures for each step of the process, followed by case studies in compliance with the identified operational structure. The participants then looked forward to the future and the coordination of steps towards the pilot implementation of the N-AVRR mechanism with ICMPD’s support.

The workshop is implemented under ICMPD’s SUPREME project “Strengthening Utilization of Additional Policies and Measures for Reinforcing Migration Management in Turkey”, which is funded by the United Kingdom. The projects aims at further strengthening migration management in Turkey in a complementary manner through focusing on strengthening the development of policies and operational strategies, enhancing cooperation with countries of origin, supporting the well-functioning of the national assisted voluntary return operations and exploring possibilities for introducing reintegration policies and programmes.

More information on the SUPREME project can be found here

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Mon, 16 Dec 2019 11:07:18 +0100
Project News: International Forum to improve collaboration between the youth and integration policy fields https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-international-forum-to-improve-collaboration-between-the-youth-and-integration-policy/ On 11 December 2019, stakeholders from the youth work and integration fields met in Vienna to... Youth work and integration work are both complex areas with a large number of stakeholders. As cross-cutting issues, they both affect many different policy areas and are in turn influenced by them. Furthermore, federal political systems add to the complexity of the matter.

To promote the integration of young migrants and refugees into society and to use optimally existing resources, a coordinated approach of all integration related measures is required. It is necessary to involve all relevant services and institutions as well as refugee and migrant self-organisations, government authorities and civil society in the process and to cooperate with the youth work sector right from the beginning of the individual’s arrival.

ICMPD in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Chancellery – Division Families and Youth – and with the support of the European Commission (Structural Reform Support Service) hosted an international forum on 11 December 2019 to allow Austrian and European stakeholders to learn from international projects and programmes how cooperation in the fields of youth work and integration is successfully implemented. The event also aimed to inspire participants to liaise, network and develop new cooperation projects in the context of youth work and integration of young refugees and migrants.

The morning session of the forum included a keynote speech followed by a panel discussion on how to strengthen cross-sectoral co-operation between the youth work and integration sectors.

In the afternoon, guests from Belgium, Germany and Sweden presented their cross-sectoral projects and participants had the time to exchange experiences in small working groups. The focus was on translating lessons learned from the international projects to the Austrian context. Participants were able to develop own strategies for creating partnership initiatives with other actors working in the fields of youth work and integration, including related stakeholders from the education sector, labour market and uniform carriers.

The international forum was part of the ongoing EU-funded project "Youth work in the context of integration". Previous activities included two national events, study trips to Sweden, Belgium and Germany for representatives from the Austrian youth work and integration sector, the establishment of a Board of Experts comprising important Austrian stakeholders from both fields, regional networking meetings and two reports analysing the situation.

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Fri, 13 Dec 2019 10:19:46 +0100
Project News: ICMPD supporting Afghanistan develop a National Strategy and Action Plan for Integrated Border Management https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-icmpd-supporting-afghanistan-develop-a-national-strategy-and-action-plan-for-integrate/ 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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thu, 28 Nov 2019 16:03:23 +0100