Middle East & North Africa

  • Jordan
  • Morocco
  • Lebanon
  • Palestine
  • Tunisia


Jordan: Data Management

Objective: The aim of the Action is to increase the capacities of the Department of Statistics and other relevant public authorities to collect, analyse and use migration-related data for policy-making purposes.

Summary: This Action began in September 2014 with bilateral meetings with national institutions in charge of data management (collection and analysis) to become acquainted with the functioning of the existing migration management system, and with a first workshop on integrated approaches for collecting and analysing data. It was followed by a workshop on migration-related data indicators held in November 2014. Another thematic information session on migration data surveys and population censuses was organised in April 2015 to enhance the participants’ understanding of definitions and methodologies used for data collection on international migration from national data sources, as well as to raise awareness with regard to the upcoming population and housing census among the various national authorities.

Given the ongoing efforts of the Jordanian Department of Statistics to ensure an increased cooperation on migration data management between relevant authorities, the final activity will focus on the development of guidelines on inter-institutional approaches and practices towards harmonisation of migration data. Experts from the Italian, Maltese and Romanian national administration, a Spanish academic, an Italian private consultant and a national Jordanian expert have been deployed for the implemented activities.

Duration: January 2014present


Lebanon: Diaspora Engagement

Objective: To maximise the impact of Lebanese diaspora investment and activity in the socio-economic development of Lebanon via the development of a DDI strategy on attracting greater Diaspora Direct Investment (DDI), entrepreneurship and overall engagement to Lebanon. The request was submitted via the Investment Development Authority of Lebanon (IDAL).

Summary: The action began in October 2015 with an exchange with key national stakeholders engaged with diaspora on investment and development initiatives in Lebanon. The meetings also helped identify the goals and capacities of IDAL and assess the next steps necessary in successfully facilitating diaspora strategy options. Following the identification mission, the project foresees a series of workshops and a diaspora engagement forum that will focus on developing a DDI strategy and if necessary, implementation modalities. EU diaspora engagement specialists from Ireland and Portugal have been deployed for this action thus far.

Duration: June 2015 – present


Morocco I: Trafficking in Human Beings

Objective: The aim of the action is to support the Moroccan authorities in elaborating a new protocol on the identification of and assistance to victims of THB, and designing guidelines for field implementation.

Summary: This action was launched in November 2013 with a first workshop on the legal and administrative practices of a comprehensive human trafficking policy framework. It was followed in early December 2013 by a fact-finding mission aimed at assessing the current victim protection framework and training needs of the Moroccan authorities. A study visit to France and Belgium for Moroccan officials dealing with assistance and protection of THB victims took place in February 2014. Finally, a series of activities aimed at supporting the development of the Victim Identification Protocol and its implementation guidelines will be carried out in Morocco. The last activity for this action will aim at presenting and adopting the Victim Identification Protocol and Guidelines. Experts from the Belgian and French administrations are being deployed for this action.

Duration: May 2013present


Morocco II: Asylum

Objective: The aim of the action is to support the drafting of a strategy for the reception and integration of refugees, asylum seekers and their families, along with standard operational procedures for addressing their needs.

Summary: This action began in October 2014 with an assessment mission on the current situation in Morocco and the challenges for the refugee and asylum seeker reception system in Morocco. This was followed by a knowledge exchange workshop on reception mechanisms and procedures for refugees and asylum seekers in May 2015. A mapping of refugees and the needs related to their integration has been drafted with the support of MIEUX experts. A study visit to Finland will be organised in February 2016 for selected representatives in the main institutions dealing with asylum and protection to increase their knowledge and understanding of the administrative procedures in place to address the needs of refugees, asylum seekers and their families, and draw from that potential lesson for establishing the Moroccan national framework. This study visit will thus ensure peer-to-peer knowledge exchanges between Moroccan and EU officials. A training session on project management supporting the establishment of a unit within the Ministry of Migration, which will be tasked with managing refugee integration projects, is also foreseen to take place in Morocco. Finally a workshop on the social and economic integration of refugees and asylum seekers will bring together Moroccan authorities and civil society organisations. Experts from the Belgian, Portuguese and Dutch national administrations are being deployed for this action as well as representatives from NGOs.


Duration: February 2014–present


Palestine: Human Rights, Border Management and Document Security

Objective: MIEUX provided technical assistance in the development of a training curriculum on migration, and border management and document security for the Palestinian Academy for Security Sciences, to be endorsed by the Ministry of Higher Education, as part of an official curriculum for national security officials.

Summary: In January 2011, an assessment mission took place with the aim to gather information on the state of play in the areas of border management, document security and other migration-related issues. Following the mission, the MIEUX expert prepared an assessment report with a special focus on document security and visa issues. After a delay in implementation, the activities were resumed in March 2012, with a set of three training sessions titled "Human Rights Implications for Migration and Border Management", "Document Security and Visa Issues", and "Border Procedures". These training sessions supported the development of the Training Curricula for the Palestinian Academy of Security Science. Experts from the British, Hungarian, Lithuanian and Slovenian national administrations and ICMPD were deployed for this action.

Duration: September 2010March 2012


Tunisia: Data Management and Migration Management

Objective: The main objective of the action is to contribute to the improvement of migration management and policies in Tunisia through institutional support and capacity building, in particular in regards to evidence-based policies.

Summary: A fact-finding mission took place in June 2014 focusing on the mandate, structure and institutional priorities of the recently created Tunisian Observatory for Migration (ONM). This was followed by an information session on the collection of migration-related data in November 2014. Other thematic workshops will be organised on the determination and formulation of specific migration-related indicators, and data analysis and interpretation. These activities would contribute to improve the migration management data in Tunisia and enhance the theoretical knowledge and practical skills on various aspects of migration data management of Tunisian agencies. Moreover, a road map of the ONM, as well as a national catalogue/glossary on the harmonisation of definitions and indicators related to international migration, will be developed. A Belgian academic is being deployed for this action.

Duration: February 2014present


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This project is funded by the European Union