ICMPD strives for comprehensive, sustainable and future-oriented migration governance and applies a three-pronged approach: capacity building, migration dialogues, and research. These three elements feed into each other and together they represent the “DNA” of ICMPD. Drawing on the three-pronged approach, ICMPD supports its Member States and partners by sharing with them its in-house knowledge and profound expertise in all fields of migration management. As the facilitator of several migration dialogues, ICMPD is in a unique position in terms of regional networks and knowledge as well as geographic and thematic outreach. 



Policy & Research: 

Policy-relevant research, empirical research with a comparative, interdisciplinary, and international approach covering numerous migration related topics


Migration Dialogues:

Support dialogue between Europe and its neighbours, East (Budapest Process and Prague Process) and South (Rabat Process and Khartoum Process)


Capacity Building:

Training, capacity building programmes, workshops, study visits, facilitation of international and interagency cooperation and support in institution building.


Thematic Expertise:

Through these three pillars, ICMPD is able to support its Member States and partners in a variety of areas related to migration. Each research and capacity building activity as well as each migration dialogue focuses on one or more of the eight thematic areas listed below:

  • Border management
  • Preventing and curbing irregular migration
  • Return and readmission
  • Asylum and international protection
  • Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings (THB)  and related forms of exploitation
  • Legal / labour migration / immigration
  • Social Cohesion
  • Migration and Development

This holistic approach is the best way to address migration in accordance to its complex nature.


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