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, 21 Mar 2019 12:57:30 +0100 Project News: Kick-Off Event of the project "Swiss Support to Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (Phase 2)" https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-kick-off-event-of-the-project-swiss-support-to-integrated-border-management-in-lebano/ On Monday, 11 March 2019, ICMPD launched the project Swiss Support to Integrated Border Management...

Among the guests were: the Ambassador of Switzerland to Lebanon, the Swiss Special Delegate to the Middle East (SEM), representatives from the ICMPD Border Management and Security Programme, the European Union Delegation to Lebanon, Embassies of several EU Member States, international and United Nations organisations, officers from the Lebanese Armed Forces, the General Directorate of the Internal Security Forces, the General Directorate of General Security, the General Directorate of Civil Defense and representatives of Lebanese Ministries concerned with the thematic areas of the project and many others.

Speeches focused on the importance of promoting human rights-based and gender-sensitive border and migration management in Lebanon and on the role of technical assistance provided by ICMPD over the years in establishing effective, efficient and coordinated border management and in strengthening the joint capacities of Lebanese agencies and authorities responsible for all aspects related to the management of migration and of displaced and refugee populations in Lebanon.

Swiss Support to Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (Phase 2), will run until the end of 2020 and is building on the positive outcomes and lessons learnt from Phase 1 (2016-2018), extending the list of partners to include the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Internal Security Forces, alongside the General Security, to work together to foster a rights-based approach to border management in Lebanon. Through joint training, training of trainers (ToT), international internships and specialist training, activities will focus on enhancing expertise and capacities on human rights, migration, gender issues, and trafficking in human beings.

More information about Swiss Support to Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (Phase 2) can be found here.

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:57:30 +0100
ICMPD Around the Globe: ICMPD’s Director General speaks at a roundtable, hosted by the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/icmpd-around-the-globe-icmpds-director-general-speaks-at-a-roundtable-hosted-by-the-national-asse/ On 12 March 2019, ICMPD's DG Michael Spindelegger was invited to participate in a roundtable... The roundtable was attended by high-ranking European leaders, including Mariya Gabirel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, alongside Krasimir Tsipov, Deputy Minister of Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria. Michael Spindelegger, in his keynote address, emphasized once more the importance of common European and Global initiatives and cooperation in order to effectively take required measures: “The initiatives Europe has launched over the past three years, like the Valletta Action Plan, the Trust Funds, the EU - Turkey Statement or the External Investment Plan, are heading in the right direction. But more of these initiatives will be needed. And they will work only if they entail close cooperation with the partners outside Europe and a recognition of these partners’ needs and interests.”
The event was co-organised by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Hanns Seidel Foundation and moderated by Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Chairman of the Committee on Internal Security and Public Order in the 44th National Assembly, and by Thorsten Geissler, Head of Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Sofia.

Download the full speech of Michael Spindelegger at the roundtable on “Migration Management in the Context of the European Elections” here.  

Wed, 13 Mar 2019 11:50:47 +0100
Project News: New study on “Resilience and Vulnerability to Trafficking and Other Abuses among People Travelling along Migration Routes to Europe” presented during international conference https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-new-study-on-resilience-and-vulnerability-to-trafficking-and-other-abuses-among-peopl/ On the occasion of the publishing of the new study on 6th March, ICMPD hosted an international...

ICMPD Director General, Dr Michael Spindelegger opened the conference in presence of the Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Athens, Ms Kate Byrnes, and the Secretary General for Human Rights at the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights, Ms Maria Giannakaki.

What makes people travelling along migration routes to Europe vulnerable to human trafficking and other abuses? The study, funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, answers the initial question through an analysis of human trafficking among people travelling along the Eastern Mediterranean, Balkan, and Central Mediterranean migration routes to Europe over the last four years. 

The research identifies factors of resilience and vulnerability to human trafficking and other abuses before, during, and after the migration journey.  The field research was conducted in 2018 in seven countries: Greece, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Germany, and Italy.  Ninety-one people from over 20 different countries who travelled the routes were interviewed for the research. Over two hundred people working at NGOs, government agencies, and international organisations in these seven countries were also interviewed. Study author Dr Claire Healy presented the key findings of the study during the opening event.

Key findings

  • Few of the human trafficking cases described in the research were officially identified, leaving victims without protection and resulting in impunity for traffickers.  The study identified 69 potential human trafficking cases including sex trafficking and forced labour.  The research shows that teenage boys on the move are often the least likely to be identified, but are particularly vulnerable to human trafficking.
  • The study revealed human trafficking and other abuses within the migration routes are almost always related to migrant smuggling, either because people are susceptible to exploitation due to the debts owed to smugglers, or because smugglers directly exploit or abuse them.
  • The research findings also show that refugees’ and migrants’ experiences are determined by the geography of the migration routes, the duration of their journeys, the obstacles they encounter along the way, and the policies and practices applied by government authorities. 

Over 70 government representatives, NGOs, regional and international organisations, and researchers from across Europe discussed the study’s findings and recommendations at the Athens conference. They will use this significant evidence base to talk about the real situations on the ground, about ways of preventing human trafficking and other abuses, how to improve victim identification and protection, as well as strategies to bring traffickers to justice.

Download the study here.

More information on the STRIVE project can be found here

Thu, 07 Mar 2019 10:52:24 +0100
Project News: 6th Budapest Process Ministerial Conference adopts the "Istanbul Commitments" https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-6th-budapest-process-ministerial-conference-adopts-the-istanbul-commitments/ The Budapest Process held its 6th Ministerial Conference on 19-20 February 2019 in Istanbul,...

20 Ministers as well as the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos, and 15 Deputy Ministers and State Secretaries took part in the conference.

Close to 40 countries adopted the “Istanbul Commitments on the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration” and its action plan “A Call for Action – a five year plan” at the Conference. This political declaration and action plan build upon the achievements of the 2013 Istanbul Ministerial Declaration on a Silk Routes Partnership for Migration while taking into account the migration developments of the past years. 

The Istanbul Commitments introduce five commitments to be upheld in migration management: commitments to partnership, comprehensive migration management, human rights, support and solidarity, and knowledge. The Budapest Process will now focus on the implementation of the five-year action plan.

More information on the Budapest Process can be found here.

Tue, 05 Mar 2019 17:21:25 +0100
Project News: Local-level integration policies in Cabo Verde supported by ICMPD https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-local-level-integration-policies-in-cabo-verde-supported-by-icmpd/ On Thursday 28 February 2019 the joint EU-ICMPD MIgration EU eXpertise (MIEUX) Initiative...

The MAPIIs translate the priorities of the Cabo Verde’s National Immigration Strategy to the local level while strengthening the capacities of local authorities to better manage immigration and social integration of immigrants. As Victor Gomes Fortes, Director of the Office for Education, Professional Training and Communities (emigration and immigration) at the Boa Vista Municipality stated, “Since we have so many of our own abroad, we want migrants to be treated fairly everywhere, including those coming to Cabo Verde for a better life. Immigration is the side of the same coin for us”.

During the formulation phase of the plans, MIEUX and the DGI gathered staff from town halls and local Gabinetes de Apoio ao Imigrante (GAI – immigrant support offices) who work daily with newcomers and long-term immigrants in their islands and municipalities. Migrant associations, such as the Platform of the African Community, were also an integral part of the process in order highlight the everyday realities and struggles of migrants and align them with the priorities and obligations of local and national authorities.

The drafting group has also developed a standard model of PAMII that will then be tailored for each municipality, depending on their specific demographics and needs. As pioneers, Boa Vista and Praia, the two main destinations for immigrants in Cabo Verde, are presenting their PAMII to a wide range of stakeholders, among which the local EU Delegation, Embassies and other Ministries this week and at the closing event this past Thursday. Other Municipalities will follow soon in their example with support from local consultants and the DGI.

Improving services for immigrants in towns and cities

The new plans will benefit immigrants to Cabo Verde as well as the staff working at the GAI, whose aim is to provide in-person assistance and information regarding entry, residence requirements and integration policies. The first GAI opened in Santa Maria Police Station on the Island of Sal (2013), where a large number of immigrants from mainland West Africa and Europe reside. The DGI now wants to open immigrant support offices in the 22 Cabo Verdean Municipalities across the 9 islands to complement the work of the network of municipal focal points on emigration (RENEM) by setting up a similar network for immigration. 

Cabo Verde’s efforts to improve integration policies through renewed procedures and services is part of a wider vision to embrace the opportunities that migration and migrants can bring for national development. As expressed during a recent interview with Carmem Barros Furtado, Director of the General Directorate of Immigration within the Ministry of Family and Social Inclusion and MIEUX focal point, “migration is a big opportunity for the local development of towns and cities”.

MIEUX and West Africa

MIEUX’s presence across West Africa has been constant since 2009: in 10 years, 27 Actions have been implemented in this region, in 14 out of 16 West African States and with ECOWAS, representing nearly 30% of MIEUX’s portfolio of activities. In line with the interventions in Cabo Verde, the majority of MIEUX’s Actions in West Africa have focused on formulating migration policies, legislation, strategies and action plans in different fields of migration, proving that enhanced migration governance is at the top of the political agenda of West African countries. Some examples include the Migration and Development Strategy in Togo, the Municipal Action Plan for Migrant Integration at the Local Level in Cabo Verde, and the National Migration Policy in Sierra Leone. 

As reported during the 2018 Regional Knowledge Sharing Round-table in Cotonou, MIEUX interventions have been quite successful in setting up sustainable Inter-Ministerial Committees to deal with migration in all its dimensions and these West African States have greatly benefitted from learning about the examples and practices of EU institutions and regional counterparts.

More information about Mieux can be found here. 

More information about DGI can be found here

Fri, 01 Mar 2019 12:55:08 +0100
Project News: Migration Media Award 2019 - Call for applications launched https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-migration-media-award-2019-call-for-applications-launched/ The Call for submissions for the Migration Media Award, aimed at showcasing and awarding... The Call for submissions for the Migration Media Award, aimed at showcasing and awarding journalistic excellence in the Euro-Mediterranean region, has just been launched. It is for the third time that journalists reporting on migration have the chance to receive the EU-funded award.

  • Diaspora 
  • Labour migration 
  • Vulnerable groups 
  • Legal and irregular migration 

Criteria for applicants: 

  1. The entry must be submitted in one of the 3 languages of the Award scheme: English, French or Arabic. Stories in other languages from the Euro Mediterranean region must be accompanied by a translation into either English, French or Arabic. 
  2. Multiple entries are accepted in separate and complete applications in the following formats: video, radio, print, online, multimedia and photo. 
  3. Mid to long length formats are requested and therefore short news items will not be eligible. 
  4. A budget to produce the second story must be submitted along with copyright waiver and a letter of intent from a media outlet to publish it.

Please note that candidates may not submit a story already supported by the MMA 2017 and 2018. 

Interested applicants should check the Eligibility & Application section of the www.migration-media-award.eu prior to applying. In case of any questions, kindly contact us on: contact@migration-media-award.eu . 

This award is a collaboration of the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), funded programs Euromed Migration IV, implemented by the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), and the Open Media Hub, led by the Thomson Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Malta and the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), and with the support of the European Investment Bank (EIB). 

Download the call for applications in ARABIC, ENGLISH and FRENCH

Fri, 01 Mar 2019 12:12:42 +0100
Project News: Call for Applications for International Summer School in Georgia organised by ICMPD https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-call-for-applications-for-international-summer-school-in-georgia-organised-by-icmpd/ For the 6th time, ICMPD organises the International Summer School on Migration. The summer school... The “International Summer School on Migration” is organised within the framework of three EU-funded projects, namely, the “Support to Implementation of the Mobility Partnership with Azerbaijan” (MOBILAZE) project, the “Sustaining Migration Management in Georgia” (ENIGMMA 2) project and the “Prague Process: Dialogue, Analyses and Training in Action” (PP DATA) initiative – Strand C of the Mobility Partnership Facility II project. All projects are being implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). The Summer School takes place in Georgia from 30 June to 6 July 2019.

International academic experts from the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, University of Sussex, the Sorbonne University School of Economics, the Danube University Krems, VU Amsterdam, University Leiden and the Maastricht University Graduate School of Governance and ICMPD will lecture and mentor the students. They will mainly address the following issues: introduction to migration studies, migration and development, migration and the economy, perception of migrants, migration law, migration data, etc. The one-week summer school will provide multidisciplinary and innovative academic and research-oriented lectures, seminars and projects on issues related to migration situations and migration policies in the EU, its Eastern neighbourhood and worldwide. Teaching will be accompanied by research, practical exercises and interactive discussions. In total, up to 75 students from migration studies, journalism/ media studies, international law/ migration law, economy, demography, history and/ or social and political sciences can take part in the summer school. Young professionals working on migration issues are strongly encouraged to apply as well.


Citizens from the following countries are eligible to apply: Armenia, Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo*, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

All students will receive board and lodge free of charge, travel costs will be organised and covered by the projects. The Summer School is free of charge for the participants.The Summer School selection procedure will take place until 30 April 2019. Only selected candidates will be contacted. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2019. 

The call for applications for the Summer School is now open. The Summer School selection procedure will take place until 30 April 2019. Only selected candidates will be contacted. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2019.


Call for applications

Application form

More information on MOBILAZE, ENIGMMA and Prague Process.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

Fri, 01 Mar 2019 10:00:00 +0100
Expert Voice: For a better participation of cities in regional migration dialogues https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/expert-voice-for-a-better-participation-of-cities-in-regional-migration-dialogues/ The continued increase in the proportion of the world's population living in urban areas has placed... By Alexandre Porteret

Key actors on migration

With nearly one in five migrants now living in one of the world's twenty largest cities, migration is more than ever an urban phenomenon. The role of cities in migration management is likely to become increasingly central as the urbanisation rate continues to rise, as is being observed each year on a global scale.

Cities represent a potential source of knowledge and experience for the different regional and inter-regional migration dialogues, in particular those dialogues that cover regions characterised by strong urbanisation or an urbanisation that is destined to evolve rapidly in the coming years, such as the Rabat and Khartoum Processes or the Migration Dialogue for West Africa (MIDWA).

Africa is indeed the continent that will experience the fastest urban growth rate in the world by 2050, with a projected average annual growth rate of about 1% over the period 2015-2050. As shown by the Africapolis initiative, a platform supported by the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC) which collects data from nearly 7,500 cities in Africa, the continent's 20 largest cities alone already represented nearly 130 million people in 2015.

This rapid urbanisation is inherently destined to influence the migration context of regions where several regional and inter-regional migration dialogues are present. West Africa, a region until now characterised by a relatively low rate of urbanisation compared to other regions of Africa or Europe, and where both the Rabat Process and MIDWA are present, will see more than half of its inhabitants living in cities by 2024. In line with this trend, the average urbanisation rate in the region covered by the Rabat Process (an intergovernmental dialogue bringing together 28 African and 30 European countries), is predicted to increase from about 64% at the end of the second quarter of 2018 to more than 70% by 2035.
Inviting cities to join discussions on migration would help regional dialogues to recognise the complex relationship that links migration and urbanisation, and to learn about the migration challenges faced by cities as a result of the increasing rate of urbanisation in the regions they cover. By better including cities in their activities, regional dialogues could also respond to the need – expressed by cities – to better contribute to regional and global discussions on migration.

A need expressed by international networks of cities
The willingness of cities to be involved in intergovernmental discussions on migration has been demonstrated by several international networks of agglomerations in recent years. The 8th edition of the Africities Summit, organised by United Cities and Local Governments Africa in November 2018, led for instance to the adoption of the Charter of Local and Subnational Governments of Africa on Migration, in which they called for their effective participation in cooperation on migration.

Recommendations were also made to this end within the framework of the Mediterranean City-to-City Migration (MC2CM) initiative, which aims to contribute to improving migration governance at city level, and in which cities such as Tangiers, Lyon and Madrid are involved. In a set of policy recommendations adopted in Beirut in 2017, MC2CM city representatives also stressed the importance of joint global and regional programmes on migrants, as well as the need to focus on local authorities and urban development policies.

The issue of including city representatives in global discussions on migration has also been one of the topics discussed within the Mayoral Forum on Mobility, Migration and Development, since its launch in 2013. The first edition of the forum was held in Barcelona in 2014 with the support of UCLG, which today represents over 240,000 cities and metropolises and about five billion people worldwide. At this forum, the participating cities adopted the Call of Barcelona, in which they asked the international community, for the first time, to consider cities as key actors in the development of migration policies.

Cities and the Global Compact on Migration
The adoption of the Berlin Declaration at the 2017 edition of the Mayoral Forum then marked the determination of mayors to contribute to the negotiations of the Global Compact on Migration. The Berlin Forum was followed in November of the same year by the Global Conference on Cities and Migration, jointly organised by the IOM, UN-Habitat and UCLG. It was during this event, organised in Mechelen to welcome the integration policies of this Belgian city, which is home to around 138 nationalities for a total of 86,000 inhabitants (and whose mayor, Bart Somers, was awarded the prize of "Best Mayor in the World" in 2016), that the Mechelen Declaration was adopted.

This text, which covers many themes common to migration and urbanisation, is one of the major contributions of cities to the Global Compact, and reflects the willingness of representatives from more than 50 cities to participate in existing regional and global mechanisms on migration. The genuine need for cities to be recognised for their role in managing the impact of migration is also at the heart of the Declaration on Cities Working Together for Migrants and Refugees, adopted at the fifth Forum in Marrakesh in December 2018 as the final contribution of mayors to the Global Compact. This declaration was presented two days later by the Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, to the national leaders present in Morocco for the adoption of the Compact.

The inclusion of cities in the Global Compact, which marks the culmination of a long consultation process involving UCLG, should be welcomed. The Global Compact advocates for an approach that mobilises all public authorities and society as a whole, and underlines the central role of local authorities in achieving several of its objectives, particularly with regard to the provision of information for migrants, accessibility of regular migration channels, assistance for migrants in vulnerable situations, and integration and social cohesion.

Towards better participation of cities in regional discussions on migration?

The Global Compact also paves the way for better participation of cities in regional and interregional dialogues on migration, calling for the use of local authorities to identify needs and opportunities for international cooperation, as well as for their views and priorities to be taken into account in development strategies, programmes and plans on migration. The priorities of the Global Forum on Migration and Development for 2019 also illustrate this trend. Indeed, Ecuador, as the new Chair of this platform which has contributed to the negotiations of the Global Compact since 2016, has included among its thematic priorities the issue of supporting cities of arrival through policy coherence and multi-stakeholder partnerships, in particular to understand the role that national governments and other partners can play in facilitating the success of cities in terms of reception and integration.

It is therefore necessary, in order not to leave these calls unanswered, and to align with the objectives of the Global Compact on Migration, to encourage regional dialogues to better involve cities in the discussions they organise.
Cities are destined to remain, because of their growing attractiveness, key players in migration. They are at the same time major beneficiaries of this phenomenon and among the first to face the challenges it entails. The experience, knowledge and good practices developed by cities in the field of migration are all elements on which regional dialogues could build, and which could feed into intergovernmental discussions on migration at both regional and inter-regional levels. The discussions would be benefitting from the contributions of cities participating in the debates as representatives of international agglomeration networks, or as members of national delegations that are partners of the dialogues. Cities, on the other hand, could take advantage of their participation in these exchanges to share their points of view and bring the discussions closer to reality at the local level.

The potential added value of improved participation of cities in joint discussions on migration is already being evident for in some regional dialogues. For example, in May 2018, the partners of the Rabat Process who signed the new strategic cooperation framework of the dialogue (the Marrakesh Action Plan) committed themselves to building on the achievements of existing city networks, in particular through the organisation of peer-to-peer meetings involving competent local authorities and cities in the region of the dialogue.

One of the main objectives shared by the different regional dialogues active in the field of migration is to reach a common understanding of this phenomenon. In order to do this, discussions must encompass all aspects of migration. Initiatives to facilitate the participation of cities in regional discussions on migration should be encouraged in this regard, so as to foster better understanding of urbanisation and its dynamics among policy makers and international cooperation actors on migration.

Alexandre Porteret is Associate Project Officer at ICMPD.
The views expressed here are those of the author, and not necessarily those of ICMPD.

This expert voice is available as PDF Download in English and French.

Thu, 28 Feb 2019 12:45:00 +0100
ICMPD Around the Globe: 6th Ministerial Conference of the Budapest Process adopts the “Istanbul Commitments on the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration” https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/icmpd-around-the-globe-6th-ministerial-conference-of-the-budapest-process-adopts-the-istanbul-comm/ From 19-20 February 2019 the 6th Budapest Process Ministerial Conference took place in Istanbul,... ICMPD’s Director General Michael Spindelegger represented ICMPD, hosting the Budapest Process Secretariat since shortly after its inception. The core aim of the Ministerial Conference was to adopt the “Istanbul Commitments on the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration” and its action plan “A Call for Action: a five-year plan”. Director General Spindelegger explained: "We all wish to see: migration maximising its development potential; better managed migration flows; decreased irregular migration; better protection offered to those in need; migration made a choice and not a necessity. We want to see societies freed of xenophobia, racism and discrimination against migrants and refugees. We also want to see the crime of human trafficking appropriately addressed at all levels”.

Close to 40 countries agreed to adopt the Istanbul Commitments. While not all countries participating in the Budapest Process agreed to adopt the commitments, all partner countries have indicated that they will continue to participate in and support activities. At the closingClose to 40 countries agreed to adopt the Istanbul Commitments. While not all countries participating in the Budapest Process agreed to adopt the commitments, all partner countries have indicated that they will continue to participate in and support activities. At the closing of the conference, Michael Spindelegger summarised “all Budapest Process partner countries voiced the ambition to share knowledge and cooperate to ensure comprehensive migration governance in respect of international human rights […]”.

Cecilia Lundström Carniel, heading the Budapest Process Secretariat since a decade, introduced the two documents, which mark the beginning of a new phase of the Budapest Process. Since the last Ministerial conference in 2013, over 20 meetings had been organised, in eight countries, gathering over 1400 participants. The Budapest Process, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018, makes strong links between policy dialogue and operational activities in the region, giving the political commitments a strong base on the ground.

Turkey as the host of the sixth Ministerial Conference chairs the Budapest Process since 2006. In May 2018, Turkey also joined ICMPD as its 17th member country.


Download the opening speech of ICMPD Director Michael Spindelegger at the 6th Budapest Process Ministerial Conference here.

More information on the Budapest Process can be found here.

Wed, 27 Feb 2019 14:16:13 +0100
Project News:Combatting migrant smuggling through cross-border cooperation https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-newscombatting-migrant-smuggling-through-cross-border-cooperation/ Migrant smuggling remains one of the most profitable and widespread criminal activities for... Europol’s European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) in cooperation with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) brought together representatives from law enforcement authorities of EU Member States and non-EU countries; the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union; the European Commission; partner agencies and academia to collaborate and discuss cross-border crimes within the migratory context under Mobility Partnerships (MPs) and Common Agendas on Migration and Mobility (CAMMs).
As Head of Europol’s European Serious and Organised Crime Centre, Jari Liukku said the meeting presented “a unique opportunity to share experiences on best practices and to discuss current and future challenges, but also the way we jointly define effective strategies to better face challenges associated to migrant smuggling”.
“The EU-funded Mobility Partnership Facility (MPF) supports policy dialogues and operational cooperation with third countries by addressing quick-start actions with those partner countries that have signed non-legally binding agreements such as the Mobility Partnership or the Common Agendas for Migration and Mobility”, said Graziella Rizza from DG Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission.
Ralph Genetzke, the Head of the ICMPD Brussels Mission, added, “Tackling transnational crime requires coordinated responses. The flexibility of the Facility allows the ICMPD as implementing authority to address priorities and needs by providing technical and financial support to EU Member States and partner countries while building synergies and mutual trust.”
During the in-depth exchange, the experts shared experiences and developed new ideas to combat migrant smuggling. The purpose of the meeting was to enable a wide dialogue among law enforcement entities in the area of migrant smuggling and its links with document fraud. Participants were offered a unique opportunity to discuss strategic approaches and explore ways to enhance cross-border cooperation, within the framework of MPs/CAMMs.

More information on MPF can be found here.

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:42:12 +0100