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Project News: Kick-Off Event of the project "Swiss Support to Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (Phase 2)"

21 March 2019

On Monday, 11 March 2019, ICMPD launched the project Swiss Support to Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (Phase 2), funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM), at the Central Military Club in Manara in Beirut. The event was attended by more than 60 guests.


Among the guests were: the Ambassador of Switzerland to Lebanon, the Swiss Special Delegate to the Middle East (SEM), representatives from the ICMPD Border Management and Security Programme, the European Union Delegation to Lebanon, Embassies of several EU Member States, international and United Nations organisations, officers from the Lebanese Armed Forces, the General Directorate of the Internal Security Forces, the General Directorate of General Security, the General Directorate of Civil Defense and representatives of Lebanese Ministries concerned with the thematic areas of the project and many others.

Speeches focused on the importance of promoting human rights-based and gender-sensitive border and migration management in Lebanon and on the role of technical assistance provided by ICMPD over the years in establishing effective, efficient and coordinated border management and in strengthening the joint capacities of Lebanese agencies and authorities responsible for all aspects related to the management of migration and of displaced and refugee populations in Lebanon.

Swiss Support to Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (Phase 2), will run until the end of 2020 and is building on the positive outcomes and lessons learnt from Phase 1 (2016-2018), extending the list of partners to include the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Internal Security Forces, alongside the General Security, to work together to foster a rights-based approach to border management in Lebanon. Through joint training, training of trainers (ToT), international internships and specialist training, activities will focus on enhancing expertise and capacities on human rights, migration, gender issues, and trafficking in human beings.

More information about Swiss Support to Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (Phase 2) can be found here.