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September 2015 Monthly Update
In this issue In the spotlight: The global development agenda and migration

It is an unprecedented month for migration and mobility in global development terms. At the end of the September, UN member states are expected to agree on the sustainable development goals, targets and indicators that will frame the agenda for the next fifteen years. For the first time, migration and migrants are recognised as a part of a new global vision for sustainable development; a milestone marking more than ten years of increased attention to migration and development interlinkages. September is also the month of Demography and Migration of the European Year for Development. In this issue of our monthly newsletter, we highlight selected ICMPD activities and projects on migration and development, and launch our new working paper on promoting diaspora engagement.

Development is a part of sustainable migration governance

One of the new global development targets for reducing inequality within and among countries is to have safe, regular and responsible migration through well-managed migration policies. For the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management, the cornerstones for responsible and sustainable migration governance are coherence across all migration-related sectors, coordination and cooperation with all partners working in this field, and the incorporation of a development-sensitive approach. ICMPD supports these efforts of the Turkish government through capacity and strategy development in the Sessiz Destek – Silent Support project.

Our latest M&D policy workshop  |  Directorate General of Migration Management

New modalities needed for better diaspora engagement policies

The growing interest in diaspora engagement among ICMPD’s partner countries bears witness to a global trend echoed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: “we recognise the positive contribution of migrants for inclusive growth and sustainable development”. The relatively recent upsurge in projects, meetings and other activities to support diaspora engagement has resulted in a number of lessons learnt for ICMPD, which we analyse in this new working paper. One of the conclusions is that since diaspora issues cut across many different themes and sectors, it demands interaction between partners who have not necessarily cooperated before. 

Read the Working Paper  |   Infographic on Diaspora Engagement

Gibril Faal on migration and development 

Since 2011, ICMPD has supported the establishment of a Europe-wide African diaspora platform for development. This year, platform activities have been directly linked to the global development policy dialogue and to migration events in Europe. Gibril Faal, Interim Executive Director, says: “2015 is an important year for development, with the replacement of the MDGs with the new SDGs. It has also tragically proved a significant year for migration, with unprecedented numbers of refugees fleeing conflict and political persecution. There is a growing sense of crisis across the world, as states in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Americas struggle to cope with irregular and dysfunctional migration and its causes – be it for humanitarian protection or for economic reasons.” 

Africa-Europe diaspora development platform  |  Our work on diaspora

Promoting free movement in West Africa for regional integration and development

Regional integration is one of the key pathways to promote development. In West Africa, the regional integration process through the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was launched exactly forty years ago. In this framework, the potential of free movement and migration for regional integration and development is acknowledged and the legal framework on free movement in the ECOWAS region has been established in 1979. Nevertheless, several factors are still impeding effective mobility within the ECOWAS region. ICMPD supports the ECOWAS Commission and its Member States in promoting free movement and migration through several research and capacity development activities. 

Download the Policy Brief  |  Study in EN FR PT  |  FMM West Africa Project

A diaspora engagement policy for Malawi

It is not long since the factoid that there are more Malawian nurses and doctors in the UK than in the south-eastern African country made the headlines. Indeed, many Malawians leave their home to work abroad. The government of Malawi benefits from the expertise provided by ICMPD to harness the diaspora to contribute to the nation’s development. ICMPD provides this support through a demand-driven, capacity building facility, “MIgration EU eXpertise” (MIEUX).

More about MIEUX  |  Conference: demand-driven capacity building on 22. Sept 

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ICMPD’s experts react to refugee and political crisis 

In his State of the Union speech, Commission President Juncker focused on conveying a political message – that Europe needs to act in unity and solidarity to address the refugee crisis – while details of his proposals were spelled out in a set of background documents. The Commission’s plans to improve the asylum system and manage the current crisis better through the emergency relocation of 120.000 refugees will remain a subject of debate between EU member states. In the coming weeks, ICMPD will analyse proposals tabled and their feasibility in a series of blog articles on our website. Our experts will also contribute to debates on twitter. 

Follow ICMPD on twitter   |  ICMPD in the media

Customs officers from Belarus and Ukraine advancing their search techniques 

Essential skills required for inspections regularly carried out at border crossings were passed on to ten customs officials from Eastern Europe during a recent ICMPD training. The trainees from Belarus and Ukraine learned about practices and techniques used by customs administrations of the European Union. The capacity building event focused on the inspection of luggage, cargo and containers, while also taking into account techniques used in the search for contraband and smuggled goods in vehicles. 

More about the training  |  ICMPD's work on border management

 West Africa's fight against trafficking in persons

Increased international mobility and its associated benefits, such as access to employment and remittances, represent a vital livelihood strategy for many West Africans and their families. However, mobility can also increase vulnerability to exploitation and trafficking in human beings for labour exploitation, domestic servitude, and the like. Combating trafficking in persons is a priority for the Economic Community of West African States. ICMPD supported the Annual Review Meeting of ECOWAS on trafficking at the end of July.

Read the event report  |  Our Anti-Trafficking Programme

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Current vacancies Latest publications

Working Paper: Demand Arguments in Debates on Trafficking in Human Beings 
By Norbert Cyrus and Dita Vogel 

In 2000, the UN Trafficking Protocol has obliged states to discourage demand that fosters exploitation that leads to trafficking. 15 years later, there is still no shared understanding of what 'demand' means in this context. This new Working Paper, the first publication of the DemandAT project,  points out that the usage of vague terms can produce misunderstandings and hamper evidence-based debates on important policy issues, and therefore proposes a definition of 'demand' in debates on human trafficking. 

Download the Working Paper

The State of Migration in Georgia
By Roland Hosner, Violeta Wagner and Tamar Zurabishvili (eds)

Migration is high on the political agenda in Georgia. Large shifts in population and phases of significant emigration during the last 25 years have shaped approaches to migration management. The government is developing a new strategy, and ICMPD's report "The State of Migration in Georgia" will contribute to that. This publication covers a wide range of migration related issues, a review of the legislative and the migration management institutional frameworks, an analysis of available research and data, and includes a detailed breakdown of immigration and emigration data for Georgia.

Download the report 

ICMPD in the media Upcoming events

14-18 September

Silk Routes Partnership Project: Training of trainers on border management and trafficking in human beings in Islamabad, Pakistan

22 September

Conference: Advancing Migration Cooperation through Demand-Driven Capacity Building - MIEUX's Peer-to-Peer Approach in Brussels, Belgium

22-24 September

Rabat Process: Training on return and integration in Brussels, Belgium

23-25 September

Prague Process: Advanced seminar on asylum and international protection in Tbilisi, Georgia

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