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 Wed, 09 Jan 2019 18:14:35 +0100 ICMPD around the Globe: ICMPD and Jordan sign Seat Agreement https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/icmpd-around-the-globe-icmpd-and-jordan-sign-seat-agreement/ On 9 January 2019, H.E. Ambassador Leena Al-Hadid, Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the United... Jordan and ICMPD are long-standing partners in the field of migration governance. ICMPD has been cooperating with Jordan over the last twenty years and operating in Amman since 2016. A number of programmes in areas such as migration governance, trafficking in human beings, migration and development, border management and others have been carried out and coordinated from the Jordan office ever since.

The signature of the Seat Agreement is an acknowledgement of the friendly relations between ICMPD and Jordan which will serve to deepen cooperation. It further allows ICMPD to increase its operational capacity in Jordan. The signature procedure took place in ICMPD’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

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Wed, 09 Jan 2019 18:14:35 +0100
Press Release: Initiative launch: “the College of Practical Skills and Start-up Centre” https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/press-release-initiative-launch-the-college-of-practical-skills-and-start-up-centre/ Providing start-up capital, training and jobs for African youth Private companies and public... Vienna, 18.12.2018 - Today the High-Level EU-Africa Forum 2018 in Vienna prompted the start of the "College of Practical Skills and Start-Up Centre" initiative. It is characterised by the combination of two elements: training and education as well as providing start-up capital and practical assistance to young entrepreneurs. This initiative will create jobs for youth, with a specific focus on women. By giving opportunities to Africans in their own countries, it will address irregular migration and ‘brain drain’.

"The Nigerian College of Practical Skills and Start-up Centre" is the initiative’s pilot project and aims to create 1,600 new jobs and 500-800 new businesses in Nigeria. The project will establish a training facility to equip up to 1,000 Nigerian youth, including at least 300 young women, per year with practical and directly marketable skills. Most of the successful trainees will be employed or self-employed after graduation through opportunities provided by the project or partner companies. The Start-up Centre will offer business advisory and start-up capital to youth willing to establish their own businesses.

The initiative is developed by ICMPD and supported by the private and public sector. The partners are the Coca-Cola Company, Umdasch Group Ventures, Austria’s federal promotional bank (aws), the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO), Leeway Investment GmbH, Rotary, Backaldrin, Godfrey Okoye University, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna-Centre for Development Research (BOKU-CDR), MODUL University Vienna GmbH and Jäger Architektur ZT GmbH. The initiative is open for other partners to join.

The “College of Practical Skills and Start-up Centre” demonstrates the commitment of the private sector in supporting innovative projects towards future prosperity in Africa. The initiative will roll out in Nigeria, but its key outcomes will be scalable and replicable in other African countries. The project aims to develop and implement a self-sustaining dual educational concept based on European standards and certifications and will establish a technical training facility for Nigerian youth.

“Stable solutions must always be based on multiple columns. In this sense, cooperation between public institutions and the private sector is a necessary approach to address the root causes of migration. ICMPD is proud to have brought together these two sectors for “the College of Practical skill and Start-up Centre” ICMPD´s Director General, Michael Spindelegger summarised at his presentation.

“As an organisation that has been investing continuously in Africa for more than 90 years, we have long recognised both its great promise and the importance of supporting job creation across the continent,” said Melina Androutsopoulou, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Director, EMEA, The Coca-Cola Company.

“We consistently see that cross-sector partnerships lie at the heart of progress, and we look forward to building on our experiences from sustainable development initiatives that have already economically enabled more than one million women and youth in Africa this decade alone.” “As Austria’s federal promotional bank we are very glad to support the Start-up Centre in Nigeria. We will provide expertise for the implementation of the Startup Capital Fund and share our know-how in validating business ideas. Young, innovative start-ups will substantially increase business opportunities and provide employment to the youth in Africa in future” outlines Bernhard Sagmeister, Managing Director of Austria’s federal promotional bank, aws.

Download the Press Release here

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Tue, 18 Dec 2018 10:15:10 +0100
Project News: MMD Support Project - Conclusions and Recommendations of the Joint Valletta Action Plan SOM https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-mmd-support-project-conclusions-and-recommendations-of-the-joint-valletta-action-pla/ On the 14th and 15th of November 2018, around 280 Senior Officials from across Europe and Africa...

The SOM gave an opportunity to all partners to reiterate the core principles of solidarity, partnership, and shared responsibility. The participants also expressed their commitment to respond decisively and to jointly manage migration flows in all their aspects. The meeting focused on the state of play of the JVAP, including analysis and suggestions for a way forward. The state of play was carried under the Khartoum and Rabat Processes which, as key dialogues, are mandated to monitor and report on the implementation and progress of the Joint Valletta Action Plan. Both regional dialogues have drafted analysis reports to report on the progress at regional level, including analysis of the current situation of the different bilateral and European instruments contributing to the JVAP objectives. The meeting concluded with Joint Conclusions for the way forward for the JVAP.

With regards to the implementation of initiatives and policies both regional dialogues recognise the achievements registered under the 5 domains of the JVAP. But despite these advances, challenges related to migration and mobility persists. According to the Rabat Process Individual Analysis Report 2018 “, since 2017, the rhythm of implementation of initiatives and policies by the Rabat Process members has significantly accelerated.” Facing the challenges ahead “the Valletta Framework must remain a pragmatic, operational and flexible framework in order to adapt to various contexts, while being able to strengthen and articulate with other Frameworks and Dialogues.” 

According to the Khartoum Process Individual Analysis Report 2018 “since the Valletta Summit and the First JVAP SOM in 2015, the Khartoum Process has continued to deliver as a regional dialogue providing a platform for the exchange of good practices on polices and cooperation, promotion of innovative approaches, and fostering multi-stakeholder partnership around specific policy issues.” Although much has been achieved in the delivery of the JVAP objectives -both through the impetus of individual actions of its member countries and through joint actions- much remains to be done, according to the Khartoum Process members.

The role of The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in the cooperation on migration between African and European states is one of a neutral broker. ICMPD’s support to the EU funded MMD Project represents a key element of ICMPD’s operational portfolio in Africa. “Most of all, this project supports the cooperation between all the members involved. It builds on existing commitments and brings policy change delivering actions respectful of human rights and human dignity. I believe this SOM and its preparations show how fruitful this cooperation can be” stated Martijn Pluim, Director Migration Dialogues & Cooperation (MDC), International Centre for Migration Policy Development, at the JVAP SOM in Addis Ababa.

On the occasion of the SOM in Addis Ababa, an infographic was created to highlight the progress that has been achieved by the involved stakeholders since the JVAP was adopted. The infographic also provides up-to-date insights on the JVAP Database, which contains information about projects, programmes, legislations and policies in Africa and Europe, addressing the five thematic domains of the JVAP.

A series of documents related to the event can be downloaded below:
Agenda JVAP SOM 2018
FR and EN
RP Individual Analysis Report 2018
FR and EN
KP Individual Analysis Report 2018
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Joint Conclusions
FR and EN
JVAP Database Infographic
FR and EN

For additional information about the JVAP SOM 2018 please visit the Rabat Process website in FR and EN and the Khartoum Process website in EN.

More information about the MMD Support Project can be found here

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Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:54:07 +0100
Project News: ICMPD supports Jordan in combatting human trafficking in local labour markets https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-icmpd-supports-jordan-in-combatting-human-trafficking-in-local-labour-markets/ Between 11 – 13 December 2018, approximately 100 labour inspectors from the central and northern...

The training workshops were delivered by three labour inspectors that ICMPD has worked with closely since September 2016 to develop as master trainers on the subject of trafficking in human beings, through the joint  design of training materials and delivery of a training of trainers programme.

The training, consisting of three workshops held in Amman and Irbid, was the culmination of more than two years of technical assistance to the MoL to strengthen the ministry’s internal capacity to identify and refer cases of human trafficking in Jordan. The successful development of the three master trainers, as well as delivery of basic training to approximately 50% of the labour inspectors currently working in Jordan,  was made possible through the European Union funded project “Support to the Mobility Partnership between European Union and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan” (JEMPAS).

In parallel with the successful delivery of the training, ICMPD handed over a number of key capacity building documents to the MoL, including a Training Curriculum for Labour Inspectors on Trafficking in Human Beings in Jordan, and a pocket guide on Indicators of Trafficking in Human Beings for First Level Identification of Potential Victims in the Labour Market in Jordan. ICMPD representatives met with the Secretary General of the Ministry of Labour, Eng. Hani Khleifat, to formally present the publications on 10 December 2018.

Labour inspectors in Jordan represent a key stakeholder group in the identification and referral of potential human trafficking cases in Jordan. Inspectors often have access to work sites and places of employment where exploitation may be occurring, and as such, they represent the front line in potential identification. The basic training, based on the JEMPAS Training Curriculum, provided approximately 100 labour inspectors with the knowledge and skills necessary to actively look for and identify indicators of trafficking during inspections, and then report suspicious cases to the relevant law enforcement body for further investigation. The pocket guide on Indicators of Trafficking was issued to every labour inspector participating in the training. The Indicators are specifically tailored to support inspectors identify the visible, non-verbal behavioural and communicated indicators that are most commonly observable during regular labour inspection activities. The pocket guide is also accompanied by a poster, which the Ministry of Labour will distribute across the 40 labour inspectorate offices in Jordan.

The JEMPAS project is funded by the European Union and implemented by ICMPD. The project’s overall objective is to strengthen the migration policy response and institutional capacity in Jordan in two key policy areas including in the EU-Jordan Mobility Partnership: to successfully engage with Jordanian expatriate communities, and to combat human trafficking in the Kingdom. 

Additional Downloads: 

- Training Curriculum for Labour Inspectors on Trafficking in Human Beings in Jordan (EN), AR

- Indicators of Trafficking in Human Beings Pocket Handbook (EN), AR

- Indicators of Trafficking in Human Beings Poster (EN), AR  

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Thu, 13 Dec 2018 01:00:00 +0100
Project News: ICMPD advances the consular assistance to Georgians abroad in times of crisis https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-icmpd-advances-the-consular-assistance-to-georgians-abroad-in-times-of-crisis/ On 10-11 December 2018, ICMPD organised in Tbilisi, Georgia the first ever mid-service training on...

This activity was implemented as part of the capacity building initiative on “Consular Crisis Management Training for Diplomatic Academies” (CCMT). The general objective is to provide technical assistance to States to strengthen consular capacities in crisis preparedness and contingency planning to better assist and protect their nationals abroad in times of emergencies. This initiative is being rolled out in Jordan, Ukraine and Georgia. It specifically targets diplomatic academies to develop and anchor pre-departure and mid-service trainings for future diplomats and consular staff, in line with the 2016 MICIC “Guidelines to Protect Migrants in Countries Experiencing Conflict of Natural Disaster”.

The CCMT initiative was launched in Georgia in March 2018. Following peer-to-peer exchanges with experts on consular crisis management from the Philippines, the United Kingdom, France, Sweden and the United States of America, the ICMPD-MICIC team worked in close collaboration with the Georgian Consular Department to develop the national "Rule of Action during Crisis Situations Abroad" and the related “Contingency Plan for Embassies”. This national policy document was officially approved by decree of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in July 2018. 

Subsequently, the MICIC project team, with the support of the ICMPD Georgia Office, trained trainers – among the trainers the Director and a Deputy Director of the Consular Department -,and supported the adaptation of national policy into comprehensive training material.

Five training modules on situation analysis and risk assessment, country and national community profiling, crisis management at post and central level as well as crisis coordination were developed. These modules include interactive presentations, hands-on crisis scenario based exercises as well as crisis simulations. 

The first mid-service training took place this week in Tbilisi and brought together 58 Georgian diplomats from all around the world. A second training is scheduled for early 2019 and will target further Georgian diplomatic representations. In addition, a tailored trainers’ manual compiling the training material as well as detailed training instructions will be produced. These tools will constitute the foundation of a future sustainable programme of pre-departure and mid-service courses for Georgian diplomats and consular staff.

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Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:42:47 +0100
Project News: ICMPD displays capacity building expertise at the 11th GFMD Summit https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-icmpd-displays-capacity-building-expertise-at-the-11th-gfmd-summit/ The Republic of Moldova and the joint EU-ICMPD MIgration EU eXpertise (MIEUX) Initiative co-hosted... The event displayed ICMPD’s approach to capacity building through the MIEUX and Mediterranean City to City Migration Project; regional migration dialogues such as the Euro-African Dialogue on Migration and Development (Rabat Process) and the Eastern Mobility Partnership; and from national migration institutions such as the National Institute of Migration of Mexico.

The event, held on 07 December 2018 was attended by over 100 participants representing governments, civil society, and international organisations. Moderator Ms. Daniela Morari, State Secretary for European Integration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, was joined by five panellists that represented various regions and backgrounds as well as local, central and regional levels of cooperation where ICMPD plays an active part:

• H.E. Mr. Paul Robert Tiendrebeogo, Minister of African Integration and Burkinabé Abroad, Burkina Faso, representing The Rabat Process Migration Dialogue as its current Chair

• Mr. Antonio Hernández y Castro, General Directorate for the Protection of Migrants, Mexico representing the National Institute of Migration of Mexico, a recipient of MIEUX assistance

• Ms. Souad Zaidi, Deputy Mayor for International Cooperation and Member of the Parliament,  Kingdom of Morocco, representing the city of Rabat and its involvement in the Mediterranean City to City Migration Project 

• Ms. Camilla Hagström, Deputy Head of Unit Migration and Employment, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) at the European Commission and Mr. Ralph Genetzke, MIEUX Programme Director and Head of the ICMPD Brussels Mission, whom complemented these interventions by sharing the lessons learnt from ten years of managing MIEUX.

Capacity building is one of three core pillars of ICMPD’s working philosophy and considered a crucial element to working in partnership towards enhanced migration governance at national, regional and international levels. Over the last 25 years, ICMPD’s Directorates and programmes have coordinated capacity building programmes on migration and supported regional migration dialogues, national migration institutions and local cooperation networks to flourish. 

Conversely, Objective 23 of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) foresees the establishment of a global capacity building mechanism that, building upon existing initiatives, would support efforts of UN Member States to implement the GCM. 

Thus, the 11th GFMD Summit represented a prime opportunity for ICMPD to share its experiences as a regional organisation with the wider international community in relation to the future implementation of the GCM.

More information:

- MIEUX Project 

- Rabat Process 

- National Institute of Migration of Mexico

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Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:30:07 +0100
Project News: ICMPD and Germany sign agreement in support of ICMPD project in Tunisia https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-icmpd-and-germany-sign-agreement-in-support-of-icmpd-project-in-tunisia/ On 6th December, ICMPD Director General, Micheal Spindelegger, met the Permanent Representative of... The grant of 1.5 Million Euro will support in strengthening the capacities of the Tunisian authorities to prevent irregular migration.The programme will support good governance through the modernisation and strengthening of the capacities of the Tunisian authorities in charge of border control and surveillance. The aim is to increase security at the borders, promote stability and regional cooperation, facilitate trade and develop the movement of people and goods.

Read more about the project here.

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Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:29:10 +0100
Expert Voice: Making the case for regional cooperation on migration and mobility https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/expert-voice-making-the-case-for-regional-cooperation-on-migration-and-mobility/ State cooperation on migration and mobility has intensified significantly in the last decade, not...

By  Malin Frankenhaeuser, Justyna Segeš Frelak and Daria Huss 

It would seem only natural to attempt to regulate a predominantly regional phenomenon like migration and mobility through intensified regional cooperation. Harmonisation of migration policies within a region contributes to facilitating movements that would often take place anyways, either in a regular or an irregular manner and having a mobile workforce supports the economy. Making strides at the regional level should also be easier than finding global agreement on migration and mobility – the lack of unity on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) is a case in point. The GCM itself highlights regional, cross-regional and sub-regional organisations, processes and mechanisms throughout the text, particularly with regard to the implementation, follow-up and review of commitments. These three issues are precisely what many regional cooperation frameworks still struggle with. Not only is it difficult to agree on the scope of regional cooperation on migration and mobility, but agreements in place often stumble on weak capacities to implement and monitor, and weak enforcement mechanisms. 

Regional cooperation frameworks, compared to cooperation at a supra-regional level, often have the advantage of shared migration and mobility patterns, common history, language and cultural proximity as well as similar levels of socio-economic development that facilitate the reaching of consensus on mobility schemes (if not all of these factors apply, at least some most likely do). In some cases, however, bilateral cooperation can be more relevant and efficient, especially in the case of areas that are either extremely sensitive or rely mostly on national competence. It should also be noted that the relationship between emerging regional cooperation and migration is complex and intensified free movement cooperation may not necessarily lead to major increases in migration flows. For example, within the Gulf Cooperation Council, despite favourable economic, political conditions and removal of barriers to free movement, intra-regional migration remains relatively low. This might be related to the similar structure of national labour markets, lower significance of the private sector in employment and favourable treatment of citizens. At the same time, intra-regional mobility rates may be high despite implementation challenges.

What does it look like?

The primary aim of regional cooperation frameworks is usually economic cooperation. While economic and trade integration have often been key drivers for regional cooperation, with mobility policies following relatively recently. The various forms of mobility governance range from highly formalised to informal regional cooperation: with a mature free movement regime at one end; trade related agreements including mobility components, regional migration dialogues or consultative processes in between; and, ad-hoc regional programmes and projects at the other end. 

Full regional mobility requires harmonisation of national laws and regulations with the regionally agreed policies and instruments, which requires a progressive cession of certain national sovereign prerogatives to regional institutions. Results might be remarkable like in the European Union, where all EU citizens enjoy freedom of movement and related rights such as, access to the labour market, education and social assistance. To illustrate this, in 2017 there were 16.9 million EU citizens living in another EU Member State. Also the East African Community and the Economic Community of West African States are implementing comprehensive free movement regimes, despite a number of implementation challenges they face in practice. 

Some regional blocs opt for looser forms of cooperation on specific aspects of mobility, often favouring the movement of skilled workers. Examples include the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region, where free movement initiatives focused on the movement of service providers, as well as the NAFTA region, where temporary entry is granted to certain categories of highly skilled migrants. For example, within ASEAN the aim is to “facilitate movement of business persons, skilled labour, and talents” including specific professions: doctors, dentists, nurses, engineers, architects, accountants, and tourism professionals.  

Informal, non-binding regional migration dialogues and consultative processes, such as the Budapest Process, the Almaty Process, the Khartoum Process or the Colombo Process, also play an important role in building consensus and shaping a common understanding of migration issues, in facilitating networks and partnerships. 

Stumbling blocks to full-fledged regional migration governance

There are several stumbling blocks to full implementation of mobility cooperation agreements. Challenges include the difficulty to find agreement on the scope of cooperation, which could be connected to concerns about public spending, public opinion and security or complicated interactions between certain (member) states as well as reluctance to transfer certain aspects of national sovereignty to regional institutions. 

Reservations about intensified mobility cooperation may also be related to imbalanced or slow regional integration with continued socio-economic disparities within regions. Concerns about potentially uneven mobility patterns and the concentration of migrants in a small number of destination countries reflect the general asymmetry of interests and benefits between countries of origin and destination. For example, in case of Southern African Development Community (SADC), asymmetry of interests linked to the socio-economic disparities were major arguments expressed by South Africa in relation to more comprehensive cooperation. A similar situation might be observed in case of Australia as a part of Pacific Islands Forum. 

Slow or partial ratification processes may also impede cooperation. In the case of MERCOSUR several agreements have been signed but not ratified. The recently adopted African Union Free Movement Protocol has to date been signed by 32 countries and ratified by one.

Other challenges are linked to ineffective implementation resulting from inadequate time and resources allocated to the harmonisation of policies, including developing capacities and new institutions, and changing laws and regulations. In the absence of proper coordination and monitoring mechanisms it is also difficult to assess how commitments have translated into practice. Furthermore, when enforcement mechanisms are weak or missing, little can be done to counter slow progress or even non-compliance.

In this context, incoherent migration policies and interdependent non-migration policies may put the entire existence of regional mobility cooperation in question. As an example, successfully implemented mobility commitments without adequate integration, antidiscrimination, education, healthcare and migrant workers’ protection policies – whether by flaws in their design or implementation – make regional cooperation frail to political tensions and disagreements. In this context, skills mismatches should be highlighted as they often results from incoherent educational and vocational standards in countries of origin and destination. 

The intended results (legal provisions) and actual effects (implementation) of these different forms of regional cooperation may also vary significantly. It is particularly difficult to assess the effects of cooperation as there are often no mechanisms to monitor and evaluate the actual enforcement. Additionally, migration data collection is associated with a number of interrelated challenges, namely gaps in the availability of data, scarcity of human and material resources, and lack of facilities and equipment to ensure timely, accurate, and comprehensive filing of the data. 

Future of regional migration governance

To move forward on the path of regional cooperation and to ensure that migration yields positive effects for the migrants themselves as well as their countries of origins and destination, and to avoid unwanted side-effects, there is a need to further harmonise national laws and regulations both within the field of migration – including labour migration, integration, diaspora engagement and border control – and in policy areas outside of but connected to migration, such as education, employment, economic and public security policies. 

At the same time, stronger cooperation between regions would be relevant to avoid incoherence between bordering regional blocs, notably in the case of overlapping memberships, and to promote functioning cross-border sub-regions. 

There is also a continued need for monitoring and evaluation of existing free movement regimes and other forms of regional cooperation frameworks in view of improving development outcomes of this cooperation. Although efforts to monitor and report on political and operational commitments have been intensified recently in some regions, there is still a need to ensure better coherence among the involved actors.

This article is based on the background paper “Regional mobility and policy coherence to support development”( also available in FR, SP) that ICMPD drafted for Roundtable 2.2 of the Eleventh GFMD Summit 5-7 December 2018, where a central proposal for discussion was how existing forms of cooperation could be further strengthened in the context of regionalisation of migration flows. 

Download this article as a PDF. 

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Tue, 04 Dec 2018 13:06:31 +0100
Project News: Budapest Process - 25 years of intergovernmental dialogue and preparations for a Ministerial Conference https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-budapest-process-25-years-of-intergovernmental-dialogue-and-preparations-for-a-minis/ On 19-20 November 2018, the Budapest Process held its 3rd Preparatory Meeting ahead of the 6th... 84 delegates from 38 countries and 7 organisations attended the meeting in Istanbul, hosted by Turkey as Chair of the Process. Delegates reviewed the political declaration ‘The Istanbul Commitments’ and the action plan a “Call for Action’ to be adopted by Ministers at a Conference in 2019 and provided comments on the structure and the wording of both texts.

A dinner took place on 19th November to commemorate 25 years of the Budapest Process. In 1993, a Minister-level meeting took place in Budapest, Hungary which initiated 25 years of dialogue on migration, including two major geographical expansions and a number of operational activities flanking the dialogue - making sure that political commitments are translated into operational activities.  

Over the last 25 years, the Budapest Process has become recognised by participating states both in East and West as well as further stakeholders, as an excellent tool for identifying and addressing evolving migration challenges. The dialogue has built up a far-reaching network among participating states and wide thematic coverage and is known and valued in the regions it involves. The unbinding nature, the setting of trust as well as fostering of an equal level dialogue, have made it possible to achieve cooperation also on sensitive issues.

As a reminder, the Budapest Process Secretariat has prepared an infographic - listing 25 things to know about the Budapest Process - 5 strengths, 5 milestones, 5 achievements, 5 lessons learned and 5 key figures.

Visit the Budapest Process website for more information.

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Mon, 26 Nov 2018 15:26:37 +0100
Around The Globe: ICMPD's Director General, Michael Spindelegger, gives keynote at the Club of Venice plenary meeting https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/around-the-globe-icmpds-director-general-michael-spindelegger-gives-keynote-at-the-club-of-venic/ On Thursday 22nd November, Mr. Spindelegger gave the keynote speech at the Club of Venice... The meeting discussed a wide variety of topics affecting Europe including countering hybrid threats. During his keynote which focused on migration in Europe, Mr. Spindelegger reiterated that migration policies are most successful when governments deliver on the need for clear communication about migration in Europe. “We need to drive a European agenda of innovation, economic growth, social inclusion and access to opportunities for our European citizens. Only if the EU and the European governments deliver on this agenda, citizens and voters will start to trust in their migration policies as well.”

Other participants of the conference included officials from European governments and international organisations including Diana Agosti, Italian Prime Minister's Office, Head of the Department of European Policies, Claus Giering of the European Commission and Alexander Kleinig from the European Parliament.

The conference runs over 3 days and takes place in Venice, Italy.

Read Mr. Spindelegger's full speech here. 

Find out more about the Club of Venice.

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Fri, 23 Nov 2018 11:19:58 +0100