Completed Projects

Enhancing Georgia’s Migration Management (ENIGMMA)

Objective: The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the migration governance framework in Georgia in line with the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan. Taking into account the priorities set down by the Georgian government in its Migration Strategy, as well as the areas covered by the VLAP, ICMPD, with the strong involvement of experts from EU MS, will support Georgia in capacity building and institutional reform in the following migration management areas: 

  • legal migration, including support in labour migration strategy development, circular migration, diaspora involvement, and visa policy, as well as awareness raising on legal migration by creating a guidebook on legal migration procedures in Georgia
  • fundamental human rights, including areas such as general awareness raising on human rights, data protection, international protection, addressing human rights issues in all procedures related to irregular migration, trafficking in human beings (THB) and border management, with a special focus on vulnerable groups
  • strengthening of the analytical capacities and knowledge base on migration in Georgia, in particular, in areas covered by the VLAP, including cooperation with academia and development of the Migration Handbook for Georgia
  • support in the development of an evidence-based migration policy framework, including a comprehensive analysis of migration's impact on socio-economic development in Georgia and EU MS support in the development of the Migration Strategy and Action plan for 20162020.

Summary: The development of the unified migration data information system is a priority for the Georgian government established by the Migration Strategy. The development and making operational of such a system requires the analysis of comparability of all existing databases and all migration procedures in place. This requirement is also reflected in the Action Plan for the implementation of the Migration Strategy. Therefore, this component shall be implemented by both implementing international organisations (ICMPD and IOM).

Implementing Agencies: EU Delegation to Georgia (EUD), civil society, ICMPD and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), in cooperation with the State Commission on Migration Issues of Georgia (SCMI)

Donor: European Union

Duration: January 2014June 2017


For more information on this project, please visit the homepage of ENIGMMA.


Development of Joint Principles, Procedures and Standards on Integration Policies between the Russian Federation and European Partners (ERIS)

Objective: The ERIS project, led by the Czech Republic, the Russian Federation and Austria, sought to contribute to the further development of migration management systems for the integration of legally residing immigrants.

Summary: ERIS specifically aimed to: 1) facilitate the exchange of knowledge on integration policies between project partners regarding the legal, institutional, procedural and organisational requirements for functioning integration policies, 2) establish and maintain institutionalised cooperation between participating partners' migration and integration authorities and 3) to jointly develop principles, procedures and standards on integration policies for all project partners and all states participating in the Prague Process. Challenges and opportunities linked to integration show a number of similarities for all migrant receiving states and societies. At the same time the respective situation regarding immigrant integration differs when it comes to the size of the immigrant populations; the social, cultural and religious backgrounds of migrant communities; and the given immigration history. Thus, states have developed their own answers to general and specific integration challenges, and the exchange of corresponding good practices and lessons learned will add value to the further development of integration policies in participating states. But being embedded in the Prague Process framework, ERIS went a step further. It was implemented through the agreed-upon common format and standardised procedures for implementing the Prague Process Action Plan and resulted in a manual on the principles, procedures and standards for integration policies. The final manual was presented by the leading states at the Prague Process Senior Officials Meeting for endorsement. It now serves as a point of reference in national capacity building for all Prague Process participating states.

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Partners: Czech Republic (leading state), Austria and Russian Federation

Donors: European Union, Czech Republic and partner states

Duration: February 2013January 2015

EU-Tunisia Migration Cooperation Agenda (ETMA)

Objective: The project aimed to promote a comprehensive foundation of cooperation on migration between Tunisia and Europe, in the context of Tunisia’s post-revolution recovery. It achieved this overarching objective by fostering the exchange of expertise and know-how and the establishment of an action-oriented dialogue to initiate technical cooperation in the short- and long-term.

Summary: In cooperation with the Tunisian government and at the initiative of ICMPD, the envisaged project was implemented as a concrete follow-up to the conference 'The role of migration in the development of post-revolution Tunisia'. This conference was held by ICMPD from 1314 July 2011 in Tunis in collaboration with the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the support of Switzerland.

The project addressed six thematic components, namely: (1) mobility/legal migration, (2) diaspora outreach and development, (3) return, readmission and reintegration, (4) border management and document security, (5) pilot projects (addressing integration/re-integration) and (6) migration management strategy development.

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Partner: Tunisian government

Donor: European Union

Duration: January 2012December 2014

Building Training and Analytical Capacities on Migration in Moldova and Georgia (GovAc)

Objective: The purpose of GovAc was to set up a durable mechanism which ensured self-sufficient and institutionalised training capacities in Moldova and Georgia for the management of migration and asylum.

Summary: The methodology of GovAc built on the development of cooperation and partnership between government and academia, between beneficiary countries and participating EU Member States and between Georgia and Moldova. More information about the GOVAC project can be found in the most recent GOVAC/REVIS newsletter.

As part of the GOVAC project work plan, Knowledge Transfer Workshops were organised in Tbilisi (Georgia) and Chisinau (Moldova) in October and November, 2011. The workshops took place for governmental and academia modules in parallel: both target groups had separate and joint sessions. The aim of the workshops was to present and analyse the possible professional and academia migration training models existing in the European Union and Schengen countries, to undertake the first activities on the mapping of the migration curricula and their content, and to discuss possibilities of future cooperation between the government and academia. The representatives of all migration related governmental institutions took part in the workshops, as well as representatives of universities involved in the implementation of the project. The main results of the workshop were first drafts of governmental and academia migration curricula which were developed jointly by Georgian/Moldovan and foreign experts during the working groups sessions. The curriculum will be finalised and agreed by all project partners in the nearest future.

The GOVAC Project Summer School on Applied Migration Research for law, economics, political-social science and journalism students from Georgia and Moldova took place from 2529 June 2012. The summer school, which took place in Batumi (Grigoleti), Georgia, provided the students with the opportunity to learn about how migration impacts politics, the economy, etc. of countries and regions. The aim of the summer school was to stimulate university students' interest in doing research on migration-related topics as they further their academic career. The testimonials from the participants can be downloaded here.

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Partners: European Union, Danish Refugee Council (DRC), The Hague University for Applied Sciences, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland and CoE

Donors: European Union, DRC and partner states

Duration: January 2011May 2013

Countries: Georgia, Moldova, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Switzerland

Impact Analysis of Integration and Migration Policies Regarding Third Countries Nationals in European Countries (WIKAN)

Objective: The concrete objectives of WIKAN were to:

  • determine the aims of political measures and programmes for integration in selected EU Member States (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK)
  • analyse possibilities and limitations of an impact analysis of policies and measures in the area of integration
  • develop concrete proposals and recommendations for a systematic impact analysis on political measures for integration.
Summary: Against the background of intense discussions on the integration of third country nationals, integration policies and integration measures have became increasingly important within general migration policies. However, in which exact ways the responsible authorities evaluate the effectiveness of their policies has not yet been researched and a systematic comparison of methods used for an impact analysis of integration policies is still missing. The comparative study examined the corresponding perspectives and experiences of experts and stakeholders dealing with integration in Austria and other EU Member States.

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Donors: European Integration Fund and the Austrian Ministry of the Interior

Duration: January 2011March 2012

Countries: Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom

Assessment of the Implementation and Impact of the "Scientific Visa" Package (Researchers Directive 2005/71/EC and Recommendation 2005/761/EC)

Objective: The comparative study aimed at assessing the implementation and impact of the ‘Scientific Visa Package’ (the Researchers Directive 2005/71/EC and the Recommendation 2005/761/EC) in the 25 EU Member States bound by Directive 2005.

Summary: The purpose of this impact assessment was to:

  • analyse the institutional set-up and the procedures for the practical implementation of national legislation transposing Directive 2005/71/EC
  • evaluate the impact of the Directive in relation to quantitative and qualitative aspects
  • identify potential difficulties in implementation and suggestions for improvement
  • identify best practices in the implementation of Directive 2005/71/EC at the national and EU levels.
Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Donor: European Union

Duration: January 2011August 2011