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SCIBM Final Conference Furthers Integrated Border Management in the South Caucasus

The Final Conference of the project "Supporting Integrated Border Management in the South Caucasus" (SCIBM) took place on 18 September 2012 in Brussels. The conference highlighted the achievements of the SCIBM Project and underlined the commitment of the South Caucasus governments to the IBM principles and concepts. Discussions centred on recommendations and future initiatives in the South Caucasus. The European Commission outlined its priorities in the region while international organisations and agencies of the EU Member States emphasised their continued support in the development of border management.

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SURCAP Project Is Launched

The official ceremony for the launch of the international technical assistance project "Strengthening the Surveillance Capacity on the Green and Blue Border between the Republic of Belarus and Ukraine (SURCAP)" took place in Belarus on 4 October 2012. This EU-funded project is being implemented by the International organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with ICMPD.

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UNDP and ICMPD Sign Important Agreement to Strengthen Cooperation

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an agreement which will further cooperation between UNDP and ICMPD in several crucial areas, including integrated border management, migration and development, and the fight against trafficking in human beings. While the partnership's activities in the past have focused on Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia, the new agreement provides opportunities for expanding to other regions. Through this cooperation, ICMPD and UNDP will assist the projects' beneficiaries in maintaining secure but open borders while also cultivating the development benefits that result from improved migration governance and increased trade and transit.

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ICMPD Publishes Report on Transnational Referral Mechanisms

At the end of October 2012, ICMPD published the report: "The Way Forward in Establishing Effective Transnational Referral Mechanisms in Trafficking Cases. A Report Based on Experiences in South-Eastern Europe". The recently published report provides an overview of the forms and tools of transnational cooperation used in cases of human trafficking in the SEE region with a view to further enhancing their implementation within and beyond the region.

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Upcoming Events

10 - 11 Dec 2nd Ministerial Conference Preparatory Meeting in Anakara, Turkey
12 - 13 Dec MIEUX Southeast Asia: First Regional Conference in Manila, the Philippines
14 Dec MIEUX Senegal: Interministerial Meeting in Dakar, Senegal

DG’s Corner

Looking Ahead to ICMPD's 20th Anniversary

As this year comes to a close, it is with great excitement that we look ahead to next year. 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of ICMPD, which was founded on 1 May 1993 by Austria and Switzerland to provide expertise on migration-related issues in the European region. At its founding, ICMPD had 2 Member States and a focus on a small number of mainly research projects within Europe. Today, ICMPD has 15 Member States, about 150 staff members and about 60 projects taking place throughout the world.

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Supporting EU-Tunisia Migration Cooperation

With the political and financial support of the European Union (EU), the project "EU-Tunisia Migration Cooperation Agenda" (ETMA) is being implemented by ICMPD in partnership with the Tunisian government. This strategically important project promotes comprehensive migration cooperation between Tunisia and Europe, in line with the EU Global Approach to Migration and Mobility and in the context of negotiations between the Republic of Tunisia, the EU and its Member States for a Mobility Partnership. The project runs from 1 January 2012 until 30 June 2013.

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A Foundation for Cooperation and Strategic Analysis to Tackle Organised Crime in Bosnia and Herzegovina

By Mr. Guenther Bechtloff

The EU-funded project "EU Support to Law Enforcement" in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is a project currently being led by a consortium in which ICMPD is the implementing partner.The project runs from 2012 - 2014 and supports BiH law enforcement agencies in bringing their legislation and capacities closer to the level required for EU accession. It addresses the operational coordination, cooperation and capabilities of law enforcement agencies, especially in the fight against organised crime, terrorism and corruption, through 10 thematic and operational components, from training border police to implementing police reform.

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The Spice of the Silk Routes

Talking about the Afghan migration issue in November 2012 in New Delhi, 1006 kilometers away from Kabul, one might underestimate the dimensions of the tasks Afghanistan, neighbouring countries and the international community need to undertake to support the millions of Afghan migrants and refugees living outside their country as well as those returning to or displaced within the country. In a workshop on this topic held on 8 - 9 November 2012 by the UK, where ICMPD as the Budapest Process Secretariat was invited to make a presentation, Deputy Minister for Refugees and Repatriation, Dr. Hami, once again underlined the need for capacity building for the Afghan migration authorities and a comprehensive migration policy. 2014 is around the corner and the question remains how to work with the Afghan authorities to take ownership of their migration management in a sustainable way.

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Leading the Fight against Human Trafficking in Brazil

Are you unhappy here? Why don't you try your luck abroad? It's so simple."
 - Example of a typical question posed by recruiters to people for underpaid and unprotected jobs in Europe, related by members of the Guarulhos (São Paulo) Airport outpost team during an interview for the ICMPD publication Transatlantic Journeys: An exploratory Research on human trafficking from Brazil to Italy and Portugal (2011).

For Brazilians in positions of vulnerability, whether due to their economic circumstances, social position, gender, sexual orientation or a combination of these factors and others, the prospect of moving to the European Union to better their situation can be enticing. However, due to the cost of the move, the pressing need to earn money and immigration restrictions applied to Brazilian citizens, this migratory movement can lead to some migrants becoming victims of human trafficking.

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The Path towards Excellence

ICMPD is proud to be amongst the first international organisations with a Quality Management System (QMS) certified based on international standards.

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