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June 2016 Monthly Update
In this issue In the spotlight: Migrants in countries in crisis

Call for Proposals – the Mobility Partnership Facility

As part of the new Mobility Partnership Facility (MPF) implemented by ICMPD, a Call for Proposals with an open deadline has been published on April 18. EU Member State public bodies can submit grant applications, while partner countries that are signatories of Mobility Partnerships (MPs) and the Common Agendas on Migration and Mobility (CAMMs) can be co-applicants.

Read the press release   |   More about the Mobility Partnership Facility

Targeting Vulnerabilities Study: Webinar on the Impact of the Syrian War and Refugee Situation on Trafficking in Persons

On 6 June, ICMPD held a webinar to discuss research on the effects of the Syrian conflict on trafficking in persons in the countries most affected by the displacement: Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. The webinar featured UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Ms. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro and the author of ICMPD’s study Targeting Vulnerabilities, Dr. Claire Healy. It was moderated and presented by Ms. Elisa Trossero, Programme Manager of ICMPD’s Anti-Trafficking Programme.

Download the Targeting Vulnerabilities Publications   |   Watch the Webinar

ICMPD establishes Coordination and Cooperation Centre for Migration in the Mediterranean

Six months after the Valletta Summit of Migration there are concerns that the Mediterranean could again be the epicentre of irregular migration-flows. With this in mind, the Foreign Minister of Malta, George Vella, and the Director General of ICMPD (International Centre for Migration Policy Development), Michael Spindelegger, opened the organisation’s “Coordination and Cooperation Centre for Migration in the Mediterranean” in Valetta. All future ICMPD activities in the Mediterranean will be coordinated and promoted from this new hub.

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MIEUX: Finding solutions for unaccompanied child migrants

The MIgration EU eXpertise (MIEUX) initiative met in Mexico City at the beginning of June to discuss the protection of unaccompanied minor migrants from Central America. The event was attended by representatives from the countries of origin (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) and destination (United States of America and Mexico), as well as civil society and key international organisations present in Mexico.

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DemandAT Working Paper 6: Responses to Demand in the Context of Trafficking in Human Beings: Regulatory measures from twelve national contexts

By Madalina Rogoz et al 

Demand-side approaches are seen as important building blocks in efforts to prevent trafficking, complementing measures addressing the vulnerability of trafficked persons. Whether such demand-side policies actually succeed in preventing trafficking is both debated and not sufficiently investigated. The sixth DemandAT Working Paper describes recurring types of regulatory tools addressing demand in twelve national contexts. The paper finds that there are few policies specifically addressing demand in the context of trafficking in human beings. More commonly, policies address broader issues associated with trafficking, and thus may serve to address, but are not limited to trafficking.
Download the working paper   |   Read the blog 'Better anti-trafficking policies? The potential of demand-side measures' 

ICMPD Working Paper 10: Re-Thinking Post-Arrival Assistance: The Road Towards a European Return System

By Martijn Pluim & Martin Hofman

Effective  migration  management  requires  the  implementation  of  sustainable return and  readmission policies that place emphasis on improving post-arrival support and reintegration assistance. Instead of focusing  narrowly  on  increasing  return  rates,  EU  member  states  should strive to adopt a coordinated approach towards countries of origin with the aim of delivering meaningful opportunities for returnees. Developing  a  joint  European  system  for  post-arrival  support  represents  a  clear  way forward  for  enhancing  the  effectiveness  of  return  mechanisms,  decreasing  the  burden  on individual member  states  and  offering  lasting  reintegration  solutions  to  the  benefit  of  countries  of  origin and returnees alike.

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The Implementation of the Common European Asylum System 

By Martin Wagner, Albert Kraler, Jimy Perumadan, Ivana Simic et al

This study report examines the functioning of the EU legal instruments in the field of asylum in three branches: Firstly, a chapter on the distribution of asylum seekers analyses how seekers of international protection are accessing asylum systems in the EU, how responsibilities are distributed among Member States (Dublin Regulation) and what the role of recently adopted measures like relocation, the hotspots scheme or the EU-Turkey deal is or might be. The report's second part reviews the implementation of the Recast Asylum Procedure Directive and the Recast Qualifications Directive, highlighting marked differences between Member States in the way how asylum claims are determined both in form and content. Finally, also the reception conditions for asylum seekers in several EU Member States are compared.

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Upcoming events

5-6 July

Mobility Partnership Facility: Regional workshop on the experience of the Eastern Neighbourhood Countries in Chișinău, Moldova

13 July

JEMPAS: First project steering committee meeting in Amman, Jordan

19 - 21 July

MICIC: Capacity-building workshop on consular contingency planning in Beirut, Lebanon

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