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, 14 Feb 2020 09:41:32 +0100 Project News: The TALENTAS project organised a study visit on talent attraction https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-the-talentas-project-organised-a-study-visit-on-talent-attraction/ From 10 to 14 February 2020, representatives from the Lithuanian Government’s Office, Invest...

The study visit gave the participants the opportunity to learn about relevant good practices in talent policy and talent management practices from the institutions visited during the study visit including, among others, the Estonian Ministry Of Interior, the International House Helsinki as well as the Finish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

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’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 study visit 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. 

More information on the TALENTAS project can be found here.

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 09:41:32 +0100
Project News: TRAFIG holds first Stakeholder Workshop in Irbid, Jordan https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-trafig-holds-first-stakeholder-workshop-in-irbid-jordan/ On 9 February, the first interactive TRAFIG stakeholder workshop took place in Irbid, Jordan. It... Organised by Yarmouk University in cooperation with BICC, CMI and ICMPD, it further built on the preliminary research results of the TRAFIG project and invited workshop participants to contribute to the analysis of these results. At the opening of the workshop, the vice-president for administrative affairs of Yarmouk University, Prof. Anis Khasawneh, addressed his welcome remarks to the participants. He emphasised the significance of the Syrian crisis for Jordan as a major host country and the objective of the university to promote excellence in this field of research. After a presentation of the objectives of the project by Benjamin Etzold, BICC, Fawwaz Momani, Yarmouk University, introduced the research team and presented the research methods applied in the Jordanian context, consisting of qualitative interviews, quantitative data collection and analysis, ethnographic methods as well as group consultations. Sarah Tobin, CMI, presented the preliminary research findings in four of the TRAFIG themes, namely “Navigating through Governance Regimes”, “Living in Limbo”, “Following the Networks” and “Building Alliances”. The results were drawn based on more than 100 interviews with Syrian refugees in Irbid, hosting about 30% of the country’s urban refugees; Mafraq which was one of the earliest sites for Syrian refugees to congregate in Jordan; and Zaatari, one of the largest refugee camps in the world.

Sarah Tobin highlighted that humanitarian assistance is gradually decreasing, leading to food insecurity and a lack of access to medical care. Research also showed that work permits, despite the “Jordan compact” and enhanced efforts of the government and the international community, are difficult to access and not tailored to the needs of women. Women also have distinct security-related concerns for themselves and are concerned by threats of conscripting their male children in Syria. Networks play a crucial role, one the one hand for facilitating a safe passage to the Jordanian border, on the other they are having an impact on settlement choices. Social ties and interaction with host communities, however, are weakened by security issues in the host and sending country as well as a lack of integration in the labour market in particular.

In the subsequent discussions and the working group sessions, participants raised important issues that will be integrated in the next research phase. It was highlighted that in order to expand opportunities for Syrian refugees, the shared responsibility needs to lead to intensified efforts in the education and labour market sector. Funding should be further aligned with national priorities and a longterm political vision should be developed. Furthermore, livelihood support needs to be guided by development principles and understood in a broader sense, including providing more options for mobility in the wider region and beyond.

The workshop brought together humanitarian and development actors working with displaced persons, international organisations, representatives from Jordanian national authorities and academia. It was moderated by Marion Noack, ICMPD.

The workshop was organised in the framework of the EU-funded Horizon 2020 research project “Transnational Figurations of Displacement” (TRAFIG) which investigates long-lasting displacement situations at multiple sites in Asia, Africa and Europe and analyses options to improve displaced people’s lives.

More information on the EU-funded Horizon 2020 project TRAFIG, can be found here.

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 11:24:14 +0100
Project News: EUTF project “Strengthening Border Security in Ghana” launched https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-eutf-project-strengthening-border-security-in-ghana-launched/ The project “Strengthening Border Security in Ghana” (SBS Ghana) was launched on 6 February 2020 at...

The project officially kicked-off with a ceremony, which was attended by the Minister of Interior, Ambrose Dery, the EU Ambassador Diana Acconcia and the Comptroller General of Immigration and Kwame Asuah Takyi, among other authorities. ICMPD and the Ghana Immigration Service signed a memorandum of understanding on the implementation of the SBS project.

The four-year-project’s objective is to improve border management and security in Ghana, by reducing irregular migration, human trafficking and other cross-border crimes. SBS Ghana, with a budget of 5 million euro, has two components: the first focuses on the support of the Ghana Immigration Service through capacity building, including human rights standards, and provision of equipment. The Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Customs Authority will be associated for joint activities.

The second component is dedicated to civil society organisations, media networks and local authorities: a specific call for proposals will support innovative projects to improve cross-border and mobility issues. 

The project is funded by European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), and will be implemented by ICMPD in collaboration with the Ghana Immigration Service.

More information on the project can be found here.  

Tue, 11 Feb 2020 12:27:21 +0100
Project News: ICMPD Around the Globe: Iraq’s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and ICMPD reinforce cooperation https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-icmpd-around-the-globe-iraqs-ministry-of-labour-and-social-affairs-and-icmpd-reinfor/ On 06 February 2020, ICMPD officially signed a document of cooperation with the Ministry of Labour...

The agreement focuses on the cooperation in the field of labour migration and social affairs as well as on reinforcing the strategic partnership between both parties. It is foreseen that the cooperation will include, among others, developing the Ministry’s capabilities for strengthening and managing national and foreign labour and social affairs in Iraq, the preparation of legislation, regulations and required services in the area of  foreign labour migrants as well as awareness-raising on labour migration processes and mechanisms.

Mr. Raed Jabbar Bahid, Director General of the Labour and Vocational Training Directorate of Iraq’s MOLSA and Dr. Michael Spindelegger, Director General of ICMPD, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organisations.  

ICMPD welcomes the trust instilled by Iraq’s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and looks forward to continuing the collaboration in the pursuit of making migration and mobility of people in Iraq orderly, safe and regular, including through the development and implementation of new labour migration policies.

As of February 2020 ICMPD implements two European Union-funded multi-annual projects in Iraq: “Improving Migration Management in the Silk Routes Countries” started in August 2017, which focuses on various kinds of migration policy. It includes the support for developing a policy on engagement with Iraqis abroad, the expansion of labour migration laws and regulations as well as managing two Resource Centres for Labour and Migrant Workers, which inform about and raise awareness on legal and irregular migration. The second project is entitled “Integrated Border Management in Silk Routes”; it started in January 2019 and supports national and international coordination and cooperation between all government authorities and agencies that are involved in Iraq’s border security and trade facilitation.

The document of cooperation between ICMPD and MOLSA presents eight common areas of cooperation, including, among others: strengthening the governance framework for foreign migrant workers, assisting in the reintegration and rehabilitation of returning Iraqi workers, supporting the implementation of Iraq’s policy on engagement with Iraqis Abroad, promotion of safe, orderly and regular migration, and training for departing and incoming migrant workers. 

Fri, 07 Feb 2020 10:34:03 +0100
Project News: TRAFIG publication on governing protracted displacement https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-trafig-publication-on-governing-protracted-displacement/ The international regime governing displacement shows a number of gaps, most notably with regard... In the TRAFIG Policy Brief 1/2020 under the title “Governing protracted displacement What access to solutions for forcibly displaced people?” the authors Marion Noack and Martin Wagner, both ICMPD and Carolien Jacobs from the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society, Leiden University give recommendations on governing protracted displacement on various levels.

The TRAFIG project specifically focuses on East Africa and the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania), the Middle East and South Asia (Jordan, Pakistan) as well as Europe (Greece, Italy, Germany). Based on the case of Serge, a displaced person from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the authors of TRAFIG Policy Brief 1/2020 discuss various layers of governance of displacement. As Serge mainly relies on his own in his situation, the publication shows various ways that could help displaced persons. In particular, the authors ask: “What solutions can Serge access within the broader region of the DRC? What solutions are accessible outside the country of origin? In the absence of solutions in the neighbourhood, what third-country solutions are there in Europe? Which rights do refugees have in Europe?”

  • The research of TRAFIG on governing protracted displacement comes to the following central findings and recommendations:
  • Multiple actors and multiple frameworks govern displacement globally and at a regional level.
  • The governance framework of displacement centres on the objective of providing protection.
  • Solutions are often lacking or are not tailored to the needs of the individual.
  • Legal and policy frameworks and humanitarian action in the field of displacement are not yet reflecting protracted displacement sufficiently.
  • Individuals make use of various pathways to access protection and find a livelihood for themselves.

The TRAFIG Policy Brief 1/2020 was published in the framework of the EU-funded Horizon 2020 research project “Transnational Figurations of Displacement” (TRAFIG) which investigates long-lasting displacement situations at multiple sites in Asia, Africa and Europe and analyses options to improve displaced people’s lives.

More information on the EU-funded Horizon 2020 project TRAFIG, can be found here.

Mon, 03 Feb 2020 17:12:52 +0100
Project News: EMM4 and OPAM published new study with focus on Southern Partner Countries https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-emm4-and-opam-published-new-study-with-focus-on-southern-partner-countries/ In the framework of the programme EUROMED Migration IV, ICMPD has released, together with the...

This chapter overviews public attitudes to migration in Southern Partner Countries (SPCs) and considers their effects on migration politics and policies in the region over the past 20 to 30 years.

The objective of this chapter is to answer the following question: What are the political effects of public attitudes to migration in the southern and eastern Mediterranean?

To answer this question, a series of sub-questions are posed: 

  • What are attitudes to immigration in the region?
  • How have migration patterns developed in the SPCs in the past decade?
  • What kind of policies have countries adopted? And what explains these policies? To what extent can they be explained by attitudes to immigration?

The methodology of this chapter is to analyse pan-regional quantitative data and consider qualitative data from four main country cases to represent the two main regions of the Mediterranean: Morocco and Tunisia in the south of the Mediterranean and Jordan and Lebanon in the East-Mediterranean region – in addition to the particular case of Palestine.

In this report, we also offer a number of recommendations for how communicators on migration in the region can avoid polarisation. 

The first chapter of the report, considered how and why the dramatic changes in the salience of immigration in recent years have changed European politics. This report forms part of the Phase III EUROMED Migration Communications Study and follows Phase II EUROMED Migration Communications Study, entitled “Public attitudes on migration: rethinking how people perceive migration”, which demonstrated that attitudes to migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region seem to have remained constant over time, while the importance of the issue to individuals has changed.

More information on the study can be found in a video interview here

Wed, 29 Jan 2020 10:45:02 +0100
Project News: ICMPD at the 12th Global Forum on Migration and Development https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-icmpd-at-the-12th-global-forum-on-migration-and-development/ ICMPD participates at the 12th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit in the...

ICMPD has actively supported the Ecuadorian Chairmanship and the Forum’s thematic priorities during 2019 through joint EU-ICMPD MIgration EU Expertise (MIEUX) Initiative. As a reputable voice in the topics of narratives towards migrants and migration and city-level governance of migration, which form part of the official programme, ICMPD has also been invited to share the experiences arising from the EUROMED IV and Mediterranean City-To-City projects.

The recently launched EU Global Diaspora Facility is presented during the Platform for Partnerships, a space devoted to exchanging practices, policies and lessons learned that promote international cooperation in the field of migration and development.

MIEUX and the GFMD

The MIEUX project actively supported the Ecuadorian Chairmanship of the GFMD during 2019 in setting up a series of regional workshops that involved Latin American and Caribbean stakeholders, including academia and civil society, in drafting the content for the GFMD Government Roundtables.  

These efforts have culminated in three events. First, a joint ICMPD-United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) side event entitled “Latin America in the spotlight – in search of better migration governance and increased cooperation” 21 January. Featured speakers come from Ecuador, El Salvador, and Mexico. The event seeks to share the experiences, concerns and lessons learnt with the wider GFMD audience. A representative from the European Union will discuss how the EU has supported Latin American countries in managing the increased volumes of asylum seekers and displaced populations, especially from Venezuela. 

Second, during the opening ceremony on 21 January, Mr. Oleg Chirita, Head of Programme, Global Initiatives, joined former GFMD Chairs and a delegate from the EU in launching the publication “Engine. Exchange and Action: The Global Forum on Migration and Development and the 2019 Pivot to Practice”, which features testimonials from all former Chairs, summarises the evolution of the Forum and provides perspectives from civil society, the Business Mechanism and the Mayor’s Forum about its future. The European Union supported the production of this publication through the MIEUX Initiative. 

Third, at the joint UNDP – ICMPD – Cities Alliance side event, on 22 January, Mr. Alfred Woeger will joined the panel of speakers to discuss city-level responses to migration, presenting the outcomes of the MIEUX-UNDP event held in Lima last October in reference to this topic.


EUROMED Migration IV is a programme funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by ICMPD. It supports EU Member States and the European Neighbourhood Instrument Southern Partner Countries in establishing a comprehensive, constructive and operational dialogue and cooperation framework on migration, with a particular focus on reinforcing instruments and capacities to develop and implement evidence-based migration policies. Within this frame, ICMPD’s Regional Coordinator for the Mediterranean Julien Simon speaks at the Round-table session on “Shaping public narratives on migration and migrants”. In his intervention, he illustrates how perception and attitudes to migration affect the way policy is enacted, the importance of addressing the benefits of migration and the way ICMPD is promoting a new balanced narrative on migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

EU Global Diaspora Facility and the GFMD

ICMPD has been invited to present the EU Global Diaspora Facility (EUDiF) during the special session “Platform for Partnerships ”, on 22 January 2020, which provides governments and non-State partners (international organisations, civil society and the private sector) a dedicated space for displaying state-of-the-art initiatives on migration and development and for forging partnerships. 

Launched in June 2019 and running until the end of 2022, the EUDiF aims to enhance development collaboration between EU-based diaspora organisations, countries of origin and the EU. Among its activities, the facility will 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. 

The GFMD was launched in 2007 and is the largest informal, non-binding, voluntary and government-led process that brings to discussion the connection between migration and development and international cooperation. 

Additional information about ICMPD’s support to the Ecuadorian Chairmanship is available at the Global Forum on Migration and Development and Migration EU eXpertise (MIEUX) Initiative websites.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:54:47 +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. 

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. 

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 12:04:38 +0100
Project News: EU & ICMPD sign contribution agreement for the ENHANCER Project in Turkey https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-eu-icmpd-sign-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 was 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 within 48 months in different regions of Turkey.

More information on the signature ceremony can be found here.

Fri, 27 Dec 2019 10:17:36 +0100