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March 2016 Monthly Update
In this issue In the spotlight: Borders

Protecting migrants caught in crisis-stricken countries

When conflict or disasters hit, international migrants present in the crisis-stricken country are often among the affected population. ICMPD is leading the organisation of the 6 regional consultations of the global initiative 'Migrants in Countries in Crisis' (MICIC) aiming to develop a set of voluntary guidelines to protect migrants in crisis and organises regional consultations. The stakeholder consultation for Latin America took place in February, while that for the Middle East and North Africa is taking place this month. 

More about the project   |   Background papers: Latin AmericaMENA region

New ICMPD Director General holds more high-level meetings with member states

In the first quarter of 2016 Michael Spindelegger visited Switzerland, Macedonia and Hungary, continuing his missions to ICMPD member states. Talks with high-level representatives including the Macedonian Prime Minister and the Swiss Justice and Police Minister focused on questions of European solidarity to address the migration and refugee crisis. The ICMPD Director General also spoke about migration at the Budapest Security Conference as well as at the OSCE Security Days in Rome. 

Visit to Macedonia and Switzerland   |   ICMPD member states

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Working Paper: Trafficking in Domestic Work: Looking at the Demand-Side

By Alexandra Ricard-Guay

Domestic workers are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and abusive employment practices that constitute trafficking in human beings. A new working paper, part of ICMPD’s research project DemandAT, seeks to provide a better understanding of the definition of trafficking in human beings in domestic work and how it could be addressed. The author puts forward a typology of situations in which trafficking may occur, both in the employment/labour sector and the family/private household sector.
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Comparative Research on the State Practices on the Accessibility of Medical Treatment and/or Medication in Countries of Origin

By Martin Wagner

When applying for asylum, severe illness can be seen as grounds for the granting of a legal status. Recently, migrants’ destination countries have seen an increasing trend in asylum claims based on medical conditions and various EU countries respond differently to such cases. A recent ICMPD study on state practices compares the countries of Belgium, Finland, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom on how they determine whether humanitarian consideration is needed due to health reasons.

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Understanding Migrants’ Rights:  A Handbook for the Republic of Moldova 

By ICMPD and the National Institute of Justice of Moldova

The Republic of Moldova, which was traditionally a country of emigration, is now becoming a transit and destination country for migrants. This handbook provides state agents with the knowledge of migrants’ rights as well as a selection of cases in which migrants might find themselves when arriving to or transiting through Moldova. The handbook was produced by ICMPD in the framework of the project ‘Supporting the Republic of Moldova to Implement the EU-Moldova Action Plan on Visa Liberalisation’.

Download the handbook

ICMPD in the media Upcoming events

14-15 March

MICIC: Regional consultation for the Middle East and North Africa in Valletta, Malta

31 March-1 April

Sessiz Destek: 5th Workshop on cooperation on migration development in Istanbul, Turkey

11-15 April

ENIGMMA: Spring Migration Studies Week on human rights in Tbilisi, Georgia

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