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October 2015 Monthly Update
In this issue In the spotlight: The fight against trafficking in human beings


Michael Spindelegger elected Director General

ICMPD’s governing body, the Steering Group, announced on 30 September that Michael Spindelegger has been elected as the new Director General of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development. He will take office for 5 years in January 2016, when the term of Acting Director General Gabriela Abado expires. In this leadership role, Mr Spindelegger will define the strategic direction of ICMPD and have the full managerial responsibility for the organisation. 

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Six more options for EU-Western Balkans cooperation to manage the migration and refugee crisis
Thousands of people have used the Western Balkans route to reach Europe this year. Ministers from most countries affected by the crisis are meeting on 8 October in Luxembourg to discuss the situation along this path. Ahead of this key meeting, ICMPD experts Martin Wagner and Martijn Pluim analysed the EU response to the refugee crisis so far and make six recommendations for better cooperation between the EU and the Western Balkans. They also underline that "integration of the region into the wider EU policy on managing the current flows and challenges is key".

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ICMPD input for the EU-Africa summit on migration in Valletta

Countries of origin, transit and destination need to work together to find responses to the current refugee crisis. European and African leaders will meet on 11-12 November to address the current challenges but also to reap the opportunities that migration offers. This summit will build on existing cooperation frameworks between the EU and Africa, particularly the Rabat and Khartoum processes, and the EU-Africa Dialogue on Migration and Mobility. ICMPD is implementing support projects for these dialogue processes and has published two short papers with inputs for the summit. 

Suggestions for the summit’s action plan  |  Analysis of existing political commitments 


The refugee crisis outside of Europe is much worse


Millions of Syrians have fled their homes in the past four years, fearing violence, sexual abuse, child abuse, forced conscription and death. But most of them remain nearby: about 4.5 million Syrians are in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. In this blog article, ICMPD Research Officer Claire Healy comments on the situation in these countries and outlines what Europe can do to help: step up its refugee resettlement programmes. 

Go to the article  |  Our work on Syria

Distribution key: when, who and where to?

Before EU member states approved the European Commission's proposal for the relocation of 120.000 refugees within Europe at the end of September with a majority vote, we saw heated debates about 'quota'. ICMPD's Programme Manager for Asylum, Martin Wagner, analysed the details of the contentious proposal in a blog article and points out that the emergency relocation quota would  lead to an even more unequal distribution of refugees in Europe. ICMPD has also updated last year's paper on responsibility sharing 

Read the blog   |  Download the paper 


More news from ICMPD...

Current vacancies Latest publications

MIgration EU eXpertise 2009-2015. Advancing migration cooperation with partner countries through demand-driven, peer-to-peer expertise: Lessons learnt and good practices 
By ICMPD

There is no doubt that migration and mobility can represent powerful positive forces for development, if appropriate policies are adopted and implemented. Capacity building in the area of migration has long been regarded as critical. This new publication presents good practices and lessons learnt from the initiative MIgration EU eXpertise - MIEUX, an innovative and pioneering migration experts’ facility with the aim of enhancing the capacities of authorities from EU partner countries.


Download the report in English or in French 

ICMPD in the media Upcoming events

16 October

GFMD side event 'The Role of Regional Migration Dialogues and the Global Migration & Development Agenda' in Istanbul, Turkey

19-23 October

ENIGMMA: Migration Studies Week in Tbilisi, Georgia

21-22 October

ITHACA: Conference on 'Migrant Integration and Transnational Mobility: Drivers and Obstacles' in Florence, Italy


More events...