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, 15 Feb 2018 16:23:34 +0100 Project News: Migration Media Award 2018 - Call for applications https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-migration-media-award-2018-call-for-applications/ The 2018 edition of the Migration Media Award is now accepting applications until 15 May 2018. The... In line with the quality and number of applications received last year,  this year’s edition will reward up to 48 published stories resulting from time-intensive, un-sensationalistic, in-depth reporting and contributing to balance the narrative on migration, making it, evidence based, nuanced and less polarising. The awards will consist in funding from 750 to 7000 euros towards the production of a second story.Journalists or media houses based in either EU countries or EU South Partner Countries are eligible to apply by submitting an already published journalistic work along with a proposal for a second production.

The MMA panel of judges will be announced in May 2018 and will evaluate the eligible entries in Summer 2018. The 48 winners will be announced at the award ceremony planned in early September 2018.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 and Trade Promotion of Malta and the European Asylum Support Office (EASO).

Download the call for applications here
More information can be found under the dedicated Migration Media Award Website.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:23:34 +0100
ICMPD Around the Globe: ICMPD’s Director General presents new project on “reverse migration” to Nigerian Ministers https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/icmpd-around-the-globe-icmpds-director-general-presents-new-project-on-reverse-migration-to-nige/ On 8 and 9 February 2018, ICMPD’s Director General Michael Spindelegger visited Abuja to meet the... SUPREM is a pilot project, developed by ICMPD in response to the challenges related to the return of irregular migrants.It aims to create a structural framework for Private-Public-Partnerships (PPP) and multi-stakeholder dialogue to foster sustainable and dignified return and reintegration.The initiative is welcomed by all Nigerian stakeholders involved.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama said that the present administration had already put in plane mechanisms to address irregular migration and to promote the concept of reverse migration. ICMPD’s Director General also pointed out that the project is supposed to “encourage more Austrian companies to come and invest in Nigeria so that they also can contribute to solving the problem of irregular migration”. The Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau was particularly glad to welcome DG Spindelegger after they first met at the Vienna Migration Conference 2017 in October when the concept of reverse migration has already been discussed. “The participation in the Vienna Migration Conference offered great opportunity to learn about new concepts, including about this reverse migration concept”, he said during the meeting on Friday, 9 February.

SUPREM is funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior and aims at creating a win-win situation to all parties: Perspectives for those migrants that are not granted legal status in Austria who will be provided with specialised training, fixed employment and support during their transition, Austrian and international companies operating in Nigeria will get quality work force. The Nigerian and Austrian governments will benefit from a cut in irregular migrations will all their negative implications.

More information about SUPREM can be found here.

Download Project leaflet here.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:17:54 +0100
Project News: FReM II organises a two day workshop in Sweden to support the establishment of a forced-return monitoring system https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-frem-ii-organises-a-two-day-workshop-in-sweden-to-support-the-establishment-of-a-force/ A two day workshop on the establishment of a forced-return monitoring system in Sweden is organised... The main objective of the workshop is to discuss the set-up of a national monitoring system in Sweden in accordance with the requirements of Article 8(6) of the Return Directive (2008/115/EC) and the Swedish contribution to the Frontex pool of forced-return monitors in accordance with Article 29 of the European Border and Coast Guard Regulation (2016/1624).

The workshop is attended by the representatives from the Swedish Migration Agency, the Swedish Police, the Swedish Prison and Probation Service, the Swedish Parliamentary Ombudsman Office, the Swedish Red Cross, the Civil Rights Defender, the Fundamental Rights Officer from Frontex, experts from the Federal Ministry of the Interior of Austria, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees of Germany and the Inspectorate of Security and Justice of the Netherlands and the ICMPD.

Strengthening national forced-return monitoring systems in EU MSs is one of the thematic dimensions and priorities of the project. It organises fact finding, expert missions and trainings for project partner countries that have requested support to build up, further strengthen or operationalise their national forced-return monitoring systems.

Download the FReM II project description here

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:11:35 +0100
“Learning from the past to predict the future” – Interview with the Director General on the occasion of ICMPD’s 25th anniversary https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/learning-from-the-past-to-predict-the-future-interview-with-the-director-general-on-the-occasion/ In 1993, ICMPD started as a small organisation with a handful of people and has grown into a global...

Where were you and what were you doing 25 years ago?

In 1993, I had just been elected to the Austrian Federal Council, which marked the beginning of my political career. In 1994, I was appointed by Austria to join the European Parliament. This was the start of my international political career. 


What were the key issues 25 years ago? Are they still relevant today?

In the early 1990s, Europe was dealing with the aftermath of the fall of the Iron Curtain. Depopulation was a critical issue, as a significant proportion of the reunited Germany’s population moved from east to west. Many measures had been taken that we can learn from today when looking at other parts of the world where this is an issue, like Africa for example. What we see is that it takes effort and, above all, investment but in time you can see positive change, such as modernisation, technical progress and job creation. We can take this as an example of how  learning from the past allows us to partly predict the future.

How has the migration discourse changed since you became ICMPD’s Director General in 2016?

The significance of the topic “migration” has completely changed, not just in the commotion of 2015–2016 but also in the domestic policies. Migration has become the most important topic for many, and plays a prominent role in the political discussion. This is a topic on which you win or lose elections. In the institutions in Brussels many policies are now developed with an awareness of, or specific regard to, migration. The EU’s foreign policies are now strongly focussed on migration – be it the EU-Turkey deal, the cooperation with Maghreb countries or the External Investment Plan – we see a complete trend reversal.

Therefore, we can say that the 2015-2016 crisis has changed the subject matter and reversed the migration discourse. Economy, currency, investments – all are now considered within the migration context. This is one of the most significant changes in the last years.


And what will be the most significant migration challenge 25 years from now?

Migratory pressures will increase in some parts of the world. This is something we can partly predict through demographic development. For many, EU Member States will be their preferred countries of destination. I believe that by then we will have a common European migration policy that will work. With the support of Austria and the private sector, ICMPD is working on a pilot project on legal migration. The concept is closely related to circular migration. We will train people in their countries of origin and offer them a limited-time work permit in Austria with a company. When they go back they will, in turn, train their colleagues. The goal must remain to reduce the pressure to migrate and to create opportunities in the home countries.


What can we expect from ICMPD in 2018?

We’re implementing the 25 million euros project called “European Return and Reintegration Network (ERRIN)” with the Netherlands and we would like to see the legal migration project with Nigeria come to fruition. Throughout 2018, we will reflect on ICMPD’s achievements over the past 25 years. Our annual report will include a special section evaluating the past 25 years and looking 25 years into the future. The Vienna Migration Conference will be even bigger than in the previous years and will be informed by our analysis of ICMPD’s contributions to migration policy since 1993. All in all, we expect this year to be extremely productive and we are working to get new Member States on board. 


Let us imagine that it is 25 years from now, 2043 – where do you see ICMPD?

I predict that in 25 years ICMPD will be the leading European migration organisation. We will be a leader in European migration policy development, providing advice and support services to all European States. In only the past two years we have doubled our budget and our staff, so we are quite optimistic for the future of our organisation.


Blog Tue, 06 Feb 2018 13:01:00 +0100
Project News: 500 local governors in Turkey enhanced their capacities in border management in the framework of IBM LOC-CAP project https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-500-local-governors-in-turkey-enhanced-their-capacities-in-border-management-in-the-fr/ The year 2017 was marked by the close cooperation between ICMPD and the Ministry of Interior of... The project followed a two-folded approach: within the MoI, the creation of an environment for the continuous capacity building on border management for all the members of the Turkish local administration and, on the other hand, the provision of immediate and direct training.

The first goal was achieved through the development of a tailored Training Strategy and Training Manual on Integrated Border Management (IBM) for local administrators based on comprehensive gaps analyses and needs assessment. The second – through direct capacity building activities that were organised throughout the year in different regions in Turkey and in the European Union member states.

Four local study visits in the provinces of Edirne, Izmir, Mersin and Artvin provided 120 local governors with an opportunity to witness witness the management of sea, air, western and eastern land borders in practice in their country. Theoretical input on EU practices combined with the visits to various border gates and presentations from National Police, Customs Service, Aviation Security/ airport administration, port authorities, DGMM, Land forces, GTİ, Veterinary and phytosanitary authorities created a comprehensive picture of the IBM framework in Turkey.

While it is critical for local administrators to be aware of the state of play on border management in Turkey, it is highly important for them to be exposed to knowledge and concrete examples of current international best practices for an enhanced understanding of such global issues. Such an opportunity was provided to 44 governors from 17 different provinces during 5 study visits to EU Member States. They were organised between May and October 2017 to Spain, Poland, Finland, Romania, and Lithuania. The study visits have enabled the local administrators to observe border management from different angles and learn about the broad scope of border management practices that proved to be highly functional in countries with different backgrounds and border challenges.

Ten trainings organised within Turkey

One of the key components of the project, namely 10  five-day long training sessions on IBM, were organised in Ankara, Trabzon, Canakkale, Adana, and Istanbul, with more than 320 local administrators trained.

The aim of each training session was to develop the skills and competences necessary for local administrators to perform their border management-related tasks according to the national legislation and good practices of the EU IBM policy. Five experts from Lithuania, Hungary and Turkey, with long-term professional experience in border policing, customs and migration management, as well as deep knowledge of Turkish specifics have delivered the courses between August 2017 and January 2018.  

During the training sessions, an interactive methodology was applied, including a mix of theoretical input, analysis and examples, audio-visual materials, group work, case studies, and interactive discussions. Classroom-based training was combined with practical training in the field, i.e. site visits to border gates or border authorities were organised.

The final training session took place in Istanbul from 15 to 19 January 2018. All in all the training sessions allowed the local governors of 80 provinces (from total of 81 of them in Turkey) to gain new knowledge and skills on the EU IBM concept, national borders management framework, operational legislation, inter-agency and international cooperation and migration management.

An additional outcome of all project activities was the establishment of a networking platform for the participating local administrators, which enabled them to get acquainted with each other and share relevant experience, which will be sustained beyond the project’s lifespan. The project activities also contributed to a better understanding of the roles and challenges among all players in the area border management and the overall strengthening of security at the national borders.     

The project will end with the Closure Conference to take place in Ankara on 27 February 2018 in order to take stock of the results and achievements and map out the future steps necessary for the further enhancement of border management policies and practices in Turkey.


Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:01:47 +0100
Project News: Survey highlights occupational segregation of refugees in Austria https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-survey-highlights-occupational-segregation-of-refugees-in-austria/ Debates about educational profiles and labour market potential of refugees arriving in Europe... The ICMPD-led project FIMAS aimed at closing this gap between the need for data and insights and the limited empirical data available. To this end, a survey among 1,200 recognised refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection was carried out in five federal states in Austria between August 2016 and May 2017, based on face-to-face interviews in Arabic, Dari, Russian, Chechen, German and English.

The target group comprised refugees having arrived recently – most respondents between 2011 and 2016 – who were of working age and among the four main citizenship groups of refugees registered as unemployed: Syria, Afghanistan, the Russian Federation and Iraq.

Two major results of the study stand out. First, and counter-intuitively, higher educational achievement before arrival does not result in higher employment chances on the Austrian labour market for refugees.  Indeed, lower educational levels translated into higher employment rates, and those who had worked in elementary occupations or in agriculture before coming to Austria had the highest chances of employment, whereas managers and technicians were among those with the lowest chances. On the other hand, the official recognition of qualifications and completed education in Austria did show significant effects on chances of employment. Together, these findings point to the devaluation of foreign qualifications.

Second, those who were able to find work were strongly concentrated in a few sectors. Almost half of the respondents worked in elementary occupations in their first employment in Austria. Current positions held also included a third of all employed working in elementary occupations such as cook’s assistants, cleaners and manufacturing workers. One out of four respondents worked in services and sales. Managers and academic professions were rare. In other words, labour market segmentation translates into occupational segregation and mismatch between qualifications and positions held are a reality for many, indeed most refugees.

Over time however, labour market participation increases and mismatch decreases. After five to eight years, the labour force participation rate of refugees is expected to reach that of the general population. Employment rates take longer to converge – so while most refugees are employed or actively looking after a few years of learning the language and building networks, gainful employment remains hard to find for some.

Download the full report in German here

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:09:00 +0100
Project News: MC2CM holds its 7th Peer-to-Peer meeting in Lyon, France with more than 30 experts https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-mc2cm-holds-its-7th-peer-to-peer-meeting-in-lyon-france-with-more-than-30-experts/ This milestone event entitled “Inter-institutional coordination in migration governance: Towards... The meeting took place 12-13 December and was held in the framework of the Mediterranean City-to-City Migration project (MC2CM) implemented by ICMPD in partnership with UCLG and UN-Habitat and funded by the European Commission Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement negotiations and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

The Member of Parliament and city Councillor for Lyon, Hubert Julien Laferrière set the scene for the event, in the context of a joint reception with a colloquim organised by the CIEDEL (Centre International d’Etudes pour le Développement Local) on the internationalisation of cities and territories.

Claude Soubeyran de Saint Prix, Director General of the City of Lyon, offered in his welcoming remarks an overview of the challenging situation faced by cities such as Lyon in addressing the complex issue of migration. At the same time, he applauded achievement of MC2CM for building understanding of this phenomenon and helping cities address these challenges.

The event addressed the theoretical and practical elements of multi-level and inter-institutional cooperation, including building a framework and typology for fruitful exchange across contexts. Challenges to cooperation were identified and disentangled and tools share for addressing these.

Participants were given the opportunity witness an example of cooperation in the making. The study visit provided an insight into how a forthcoming “Maisons de la Metropole des Solidarites” would be joining up services from the “Maison de la Metropole” together with the “CCAS - Centres Communaux d’Action Social” to create a one stop shop for social services for all residents, including migrants. The beneficiary-centre approach proved as an inspiration for ensuing discussions.

City and national representatives also had the opportunity to work together to define a roadmaps for further action to enhance their inter-institutional coordination scenarios and facilitate dialogue within and beyond the framework of MC2CM.

This 7th peer-to-peer event concluded the first cycle of the project to be completed at the beginning of 2018. The findings from this event, including the further involvement of additional cities and stakeholders will be brought forward in the second phase of the project, to begin as of 2018.

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:15:48 +0100
Project News: MICIC Side-Event at Global Compact Stocktaking Meeting in Mexico 6-8 December https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-micic-side-event-at-global-compact-stocktaking-meeting-in-mexico-6-8-december/ ICMPD recently participated in the Preparatory Stocktaking Meeting for the Global Compact for... Considering that the global MICIC Initiative is, in effect, a miniature multilateral process, it has regularly been referenced as a centrepiece in the process to adopt the Global Compacts. ICMPD’s side event, involving representatives of the Ministry of the Interior of Mexico, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, the European Commission, the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), thus focused on determining which of the lessons learnt by MICIC should be taken into consideration when moving ahead with the development of a global “migration agenda”.

Among the key messages which emerged from the discussion, panellists agreed unanimously that safe, orderly and regular migration requires continuous collaboration between all stakeholders, including countries of origin, transit and destination as well as civil society, international organisations and the private sector just as much as the collaboration of migrants themselves. Notwithstanding this, the experts stressed the leading role of governments, which should at all times remain the principle actors of the compact and facilitate the contribution of other parties.

Also drawing on the experience of MICIC, discussants referred to the simple and non-bureaucratic language as well as the principled and practical nature of the MICIC Guidelines, launched in the margins of the UN High Level Summit for Refugees and Migrants at UN headquarters in September 2016, as an example of a good practice outcome document that could be replicated in the GCM.

Acknowledging that it may not be possible to reach a full consensus by the end of the GCM intergovernmental negotiation phase in July 2018, the panellists proposed to set a separate timeline for topics which need further discussion, using MICIC’s three phase approach as inspiration.

More information on the MICIC project can be found here.

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:37:49 +0100
Project News: The Kick-off Conference on the SIDEM Project in Turkey https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-the-kick-off-conference-on-the-sidem-project-in-turkey/ The Kick-off Conference on the Support the Implementation of Development-sensitive Migration... Being funded by State Secretary for Migration, Switzerland for the period from May 2017 to May 2019, SIDEM aims to contribute to the establishment of an integrated, long-term, development-sensitive and sustainable migration policy framework taking into account Turkey’s socio-economic and human development context. Counterparts in Turkey are the Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM), the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MoLSS) and the Ministry of Development in Turkey (MoD).

The Kick-off Conference “The Migration & Development Nexus and the Role of Public Policies” was organised to improve the understanding of the interconnections between migration, development and public policies. The Conference also provided a platform for the discussion on the present, and future impact of migrant flows on Turkey’s development as well as policies addressing development aspects in the context of migration, migrants’ integration and the utilisation of development potentials for the benefit of local communities.

Following the opening speeches from Tamer KILIÇ, the ICMPD Turkey and Western Balkans Regional Coordinator; the Ambassador Urs von ARB, Delegate for the Middle East for the Switzerland State Secretariat for Migration (SEM); and Abdullah AYAZ, the Acting Director General of the Ministry of Interior Directorate General of Migration Management, the conference started with the keynote speech of Melissa Siegel from the Maastricht University Graduate School of Governance on the migration and development nexus which was followed by three discussion panels. The first panel focused on the international dimension of migration and development nexus and the role of public policies based on various country examples whereas the second panel’s focus was on how much migration has been and will be addressed in development policies and plans of related institutions at different planning levels of Turkey. Lastly, in the third panel, how development policies in Turkey can be steered for an effective migration management was discussed by the head of departments of the beneficiary public institutions, namely the Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM), the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MoLSS), the Ministry of Development in Turkey (MoD).

The Conference hosted 97 participants who all initiated a multi-stakeholder discussion with the involvement of the respective ministries that oversee the process of development policy formulation and implementation, central institutions, local actors, universities, national and international academicians, and international organisations.  

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:08:38 +0100
Project News: First Preparatory Meeting for the 6th Budapest Process Ministerial Conference https://www.icmpd.org//news-centre/news-detail/project-news-first-preparatory-meeting-for-the-6th-budapest-process-ministerial-conference/ The meeting took place 27-28 November and brought together over seventy-five senior officials from... The Call for Action proposed by Turkey – Chair of the Budapest Process – focuses on a set of overarching commitments and priority goals that are deriving from the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration. It follows the logic of the migration flows and starts with priority goals furthering pathways for legal migration and improving the conditions in countries of origin. It moves on to priority goals managing on-going migratory movements and the last block handles the aftermath and consequences of large movements. Over one and a half days countries engaged in constructive and vivid discussions on the draft text which will be updated and further discussion in March 2018. 

The Call for Action intends to strengthen the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration and make it more functional with regard to large movements of refugees and migrants. Prior to November senior officials meeting two consultations have been already held regarding the Ministerial Conference: a Consultation Meeting for all participating countries and international organisations in March 2017 in Istanbul and a drafting meeting in September 2017 in Ankara, which gathered the Silk Routes countries as well as the donors to the Budapest Process. 

The preparatory process in 2018 will include three preparatory meetings – in March, June and October, and an expert level consultation meeting in September. Exact dates and location of the above events will be announced by the Secretariat of the Budapest Process in due course.

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:46:00 +0100