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July 2015 Monthly Update
In this issue In the spotlight: Towards a new European Neighbourhood Policy on Migration

EU-funded ENIGMMA project trains a new generation of migration specialists in Georgia

With the links between Georgia and the EU growing ever stronger, a coherent and functional approach to migration management and research is fast becoming a vital necessity for Georgia’s development. It is with this idea in mind that leading academics from around the world came to Kvareli, Georgia, to train a new generation of future experts in migration management.

Find out more about the Project  |  Visit ICMPD in Georgia’s Facebook page

Trafficking: steps the Council of Europe should take to put a truly victim-focused approach into practice

ICMPD’s Director for the Eastern Dimension, Martijn Pluim, spoke at the conference held to mark the 10th anniversary of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. In his speech, Martijn commended the contribution the Convention has made to international cooperation between countries against trafficking in human beings, while also setting out guidelines as to how it could be further enhanced in the next ten years.

Read or watch the full speech  |  ICMPD’s Anti-Trafficking Programme

Addressing irregular migration in the Silk routes region

Countries involved in the Silk Routes region are either points of origin, transit, or destination for irregular migration routes. Officials from 22 countries and multiple international organisations met at the 6th Silk Routes Working Group Meeting to discuss best practices to effectively prevent and counteract criminal networks accountable for irregular migration as well as how to facilitate the return of irregular migrants.

Find out more about the meeting  |  Our work in the Silk Routes region

MICIC consultation: experts seek solutions for migrants affected by crises in Europe's neighbourhood

Preparedness, cooperation and coordination of state actors, international organisations, civil society and the private sector are key to saving lives, reducing vulnerability, and enhancing protection of migrants in countries hit by acute crisis. The consultation allowed for representatives to share experiences and contribute to the formulation of future guidelines aimed at enhancing the assistance and protection of migrants in countries in crisis. Taking place in the context of a new European Migration Agenda, this consultation reiterated the EU’s commitment to addressing migration issues in its neighbourhood. 

Project: Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC)  |  ICMPD’s Brussels Mission


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Study: A Survey on Migration Policies in West Africa

Governments in West Africa continue to make progress towards an area of free movement

In West Africa, the movement of people take places mainly within the region. South-South migration is seven times greater than migration flows from West African countries to other parts of the world. This regional migration plays a crucial role in promoting development and poverty reduction, as well as contributing to the regional integration process in West Africa and strengthening the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), established in 1975. Forty years after the foundation of ECOWAS, it is time to take stock of the progress made and the challenges ahead in promoting free movement in West Africa. The new publication “A Survey on Migration Policies in West Africa”, jointly prepared by ICMPD and IOPM does exactly that. It is the first comprehensive study on migration policies in the region, analysing policies and trends in 15 countries.

Download the study in English or French. Parts of the publication are also available in Portuguese

Call for Proposals Upcoming events

The project ‘Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa (FMM West Africa) aims to boost the development potential of free movement and migration in West Africa. The Non-State Actors (NSA) Fund seeks to strengthen the capacities of NSAs and local public authorities to promote and protect the rights of migrants and to develop networks and cross-border cooperation projects through a call for proposals.