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June 2015 Monthly Update
In this issue In the spotlight: the European Agenda on Migration

Last month, the European Commission tabled a new policy proposal on migration. In this newsletter, we feature an analysis of this 'European Agenda on Migration' and the first measures aiming to respond to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean proposed by the EC shortly afterwards. Other recent ICMPD publications, equally relevant for the modernisation of Europe's migration policies and practice, are also presented in the spotlight section: an evaluation of reintegration support measures and guidelines for border management in the EU's external action.

'European Agenda on Migration' a step in the right direction

Looking into the four pillars of the European Commission's new policy proposal on migration, ICMPD's Ralph Genetzke notes in a commentary that EC President Juncker follows a political rather than technocratic approach, providing more than short term answers to the current crisis in the Mediterranean. Driving the EU's asylum agenda ahead, the Commission has proposed mandatory quotas for relocation and resettlement - antagonising numerous Member States. This is also why proposals in the area of legal migration were largely predictable and less controversial, Genetzke writes. Analysing new security policy plans, the article underlines that "the sense of urgency should not prevent from careful scenario and impact assessment".

Read the full analysis  |  ICMPD's Brussels Mission

Reintegration measures ineffective, if root causes of migration not addressed

In Kosovo, tailor-made reintegration support to voluntary returnees has proven to have only limited effects, an evaluation of an ICMPD-implemented project shows. The main challenge returnees to Kosovo face is the unstable economic situation and the resulting high unemployment rate. As long as these factors, also root causes for emigration, are not addressed, reintegration remains difficult. Support measures can only have very limited effects, the evaluation showed. Following a control group design comparing reintegration of assisted and non-assisted returnees, the study found no clear difference in the quality of life between the two groups. More evaluations from other countries are needed to draw overall conclusions on the effectiveness of various types of reintegration support - which is important for EU programming, also under the new European Migration Agenda.

Download the evaluation  |  Visit the project website

Guidelines aim to increase cooperation in the field of border management

The European Commission has long considered Integrated Border Management a key area of action. However, it is a field in which stakeholders cannot act alone. Cooperation at the intra-service, intra-agency and international level is required to correctly and efficiently deal with cross-border issues. As such, implementation of a successful access control model relies on action not only in the countries of origin, but also at the border control itself and within the area of free movement. An extraction of the 'Guidelines for Integrated Border Management in European Commission External Cooperation' published in the framework of the EaP-SIPPAP project, this new document is aimed at a wide audience, which includes staff of EU Delegations and national border agency employees.

Read the Guidelines  |  Visit the project website

Connect with us Other news from ICMPD

Building on 13 years of experience, Tunisia and ICMPD deepen cooperation

The Republic of Tunisia and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development signed a Cooperation Agreement to address the challenges the country is facing due to the current migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. Together, they will work in close partnership to make migration a positive force for development and progress.

Get the press release  |  Our work in the Mediterranean

"We will work from the factory floor to the boardroom"

European officials set out to reduce labour exploitation through enhanced partnership at a recent event organised by ICMPD. Even today, labour exploitation continues to be a key challenge in European economies. The policy debates and legal frameworks covering the issue are complex and responses must be equally nuanced.

Read the event report  |  ICMPD's Anti-Trafficking Programme

Understanding the linkages between migration and development in Turkey

Migration policy is not only a matter of domestic affairs. It cuts across a full range of sectoral portfolios, from foreign affairs to social, education, labour, economy and development policy. To raise awareness on the importance of adopting a coherent migration policy framework that takes development into account, ICMPD organised a training centred on the "The Migration and Development Nexus" for Turkish government officials last month.

Learn more about the project  |  Read the event report   

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Current vacancies Latest publications

Background Paper: Analysis of the impact of the political situation in Ukraine on the migration situation

How do the political developments in Ukraine impact the migration situation in Central and Eastern Europe? ICMPD's Background Paper for the 'Salzburg Forum' Ministerial Conference gives an overview of migration flows and routes in and from Ukraine. The large number of Internally Displaced Persons is an issue of concern, the paper highlights. The combination of the serious economic situation of the country and the continuing impact of the conflict create the potential for significant increase of migration flows towards the West. ICMPD's Acting Director General Gabriela Abado presented the paper at the ministerial conference last month.

Read the background paper  |  Download the Director General's speech

Photo contest winners Upcoming events

Our project ENIGMMA, working on migration governance in Georgia, announced the winners of the photo contest "What does a visa-free Europe mean to me?".
View the best shots on Facebook. 

10-12 June

Silk Routes Partnership Project: Regional training on irregular migration, trafficking in human beings and smuggling in Islamabad, Pakistan

16-19 June

MIEUX: Information session on protection of victims of trafficking in Bangkok, Thailand

25-26 June

MICIC: Regional consultation for Eastern Europe and Central Asia on migrants in countries in crisis in Brussels, Belgium

28 June - 4 July

ENIGMMA: International Summer School on Migration Research in Kvareli, Georgia

More events