Ongoing Projects

Prague Process

The Prague Process is a targeted migration dialogue promoting migration partnerships among the countries of the European Union, Schengen Area, Eastern Partnership, Western Balkans, Central Asia, Russia and Turkey. The Process originated from the EU financed project “Building Migration Partnerships”, and was launched at the 1st Prague Process Ministerial Conference (back then “Building Migration Partnerships”), culminating in the signature of the Prague Process Joint Declaration in April 2009.

For more information, please visit the Prague Process webpage and the Prague Process website.

Reintegration Support to Azerbaijani Returnees (RESTART) project

Objective: The overall objective is to support the implementation of the Readmission Agreement in the area of reintegration through strengthening the capacities of authorities and civil society in Azerbaijan to actively facilitate sustainable return from the European Union Member States and reintegration of Azerbaijani nationals.


The specific objectives:

  • To enhance capacities of the Azerbaijani state institutions to develop reintegration policy documents based on actual needs and interests of returnees;
  • To build, maintain and pilot cooperation networks between the Azerbaijani state institutions and civil society organisations in the area of reintegration support;
  • To build and pilot practical skills and capacities of the Azerbaijani state institutions and civil society organisations on reintegration.

Implementing Agency: ICMPD (lead), State Migration Service of Azerbaijan (partner)  

Donors: Federal Republic of Germany, Ministry of Interior; The Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ministry of Justice, Repatriation and Departure Service; Republic of Poland, Ministry of Interior and Administration 

Duration: 1 January 2019 – 30 June 2020  

Country: Azerbaijan


Eastern Partnership (EaP) Integrated Border Management Capacity Building Project (EaP IBM CaBuiPro)

Objective: The overall objective is to facilitate the movement of persons and goods across borders in the six EaP countries, while at the same time maintaining secure borders through the enhancement of inter-agency cooperation, bilateral and multi-lateral cooperation among the target countries, EU member States and other international stakeholders. 

The specific objectives:

  • Contribute to the establishment of a modern training system in the six beneficiary countries according to EU best practices
  • Enhance operational capacities by providing operational and country specific capacity building activities on specified topics based on needs identified by the beneficiary institutions
  • Awareness raising and support to the fight against corruption in the six EaP countries
  • Awareness raising and support to the improvement of the respect for human rights for persons crossing borders
  • Where applicable to contribute to a smooth operationalization of visa liberalisation.

Target Groups: 

  • Decision makers from ministries and national authorities responsible for border management and customs of the beneficiary countries within the ENPI East Region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine)
  • Senior and mid-management and operational officials from border, immigration and law enforcement agencies, customs, plant (products) inspection services, live animal and foodstuff inspection services and human health inspection services of said countries.
  • Public organs defending citizens' rights (e.g. ombudsman's offices or equivalent), as well as economic actors (i.e. national business or traders' associations) could be involved in the action when appropriate.

Final beneficiaries: 

  • Bona fide travellers and regular migrants as well as economic/commercial operators.
  • Persons in need of special protection, such as asylum seekers, potential victims of human trafficking, unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable categories.

Implementing Agency: led by Frontex in Partnership with IOM, WCO and ICMPD

Donor: European Commission (ENPI)

Duration: July 2014 – June 2017 

Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine


Border Management Programme in Central Asia - Phase 9 (BOMCA 9)

Objective: The overall wider objective is to increase effectiveness and efficiency of border management in Central Asia by introducing advanced elements of the Integrated Border Management (IBM), assisting governments in developing and reforming their migration governance, mobility and trade facilitation policies, strengthening capacities of Border and Migration Agencies, and, thus contributing to the security and economic development at national and regional levels.

The specific objectives are to:

  • To sustain institutional development in the transition to more effective and efficient methods of border management, replicating best practices of the IBM paradigm
  • To develop legal and procedural instruments, as well as advanced practices to manage regular and irregular migration at borders, in compliance with international norms and standards
  • To introduce measures to increase the efficiency of border checks and procedures facilitating licit trade and transit of goods and countering various forms of smuggling

Donor: European Union

Implementing Agency: Consortium of partners under the lead of the Stat Border Guard of Latvia

Duration: June 2015-June 2018

Country: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

For more information, please visit BOMCA's website.


Support to the Implementation of the Mobility Partnership with Azerbaijan (MOBILAZE)

Objective: The objective of the project is to support the implementation of the Mobility Partnership between the EU and Azerbaijan with a specific focus on strengthening the capacity of the government to develop and implement the national migration policy.

Donor: European Commission  

Co-implementing participants: Bulgaria; the Czech Republic; Latvia; Lithuania; the Netherlands; Poland; Slovakia.

Implementing agency: ICMPD

Duration: January 2016 - January 2019 

Country: Azerbaijan


For more information on the project, please visit MOBILAZE webpage.


Support to Migration and Border Management in Armenia (MIBMA)

Objective: The overall objective of the action is to enhance approximation of the migration and border management in Armenia to the European standards of governance, in order to increase security, facilitate trade, and support the possible visa liberalisation dialogue between the European Union and Armenia.

The specific objectives are to:

  • To increase Government capacities for migration and asylum management in line with the EU-Armenia Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements and Mobility Partnership, to prepare for the possible EU-Armenia visa liberalisation dialogue
  • To strengthen inter-agency cooperation through further extension of the IBM concept and its principles into Armenia’s border management system with a focus on core areas such as the simplification and harmonisation of procedures; to improve the service level for end users; to facilitate trade; and to further develop transport corridors

Implementing Agency: ICMPD (lead), UNDP (partner)

Donor: European Union 

Duration: January 2016 – December 2018

Country: Armenia

For more information, please visit MIBMA website.


Sustaining Migration Management in Georgia (ENIGMMA-2)

Objective: The “Sustaining Migration Management in Georgia” (ENIGMMA 2) project is funded by the EU-Georgia Financing Agreement, signed in May 2017 within the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) 2016 Technical Cooperation Facility II Programme. The project broadly builds on the results of previous activities of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in Georgia, including the recently implemented EU-funded “Enhancing Georgia’s Migration Management” (ENIGMMA) project which supported the Government of Georgia in the implementation of migration-related areas of the Visa dialogue between the European Union and Georgia.   

The ENIGMMA 2 project runs from September 2017 to November 2020. It is implemented by ICMPD and the State Commission on Migration Issues (SCMI) of Georgia. 

The overall objective of the ENIGMMA 2 project is to contribute to the sustainable enhancement of mobility and people-to-people contacts between the EU and Georgia. The proposed action will seek to achieve the overall objective by addressing identified and potential migration-related risks of visa liberalisation in Georgia and the EU MS, as well as maximising the visa liberalisation benefits in areas covered by the project. The project will continue providing support to the Government of Georgia in implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation of the impact of Migration Strategy. 

As established by the project programme, ICMPD, in close cooperation with SCMI and its Secretariat, will implement a set of activities designed to facilitate the efforts of state institutions involved in migration management in Georgia in policy development, capacity building and carrying out monitoring and impact assessment mechanisms for regular policy reviews, etc. The project consists of the following components:

  • COMPONENT 1 offers support in development of Policy Recommendations, therefore, it will mainly address implementation and evaluation of Migration Strategy by analysing the impact of the Visa Liberalisation on mobility in Georgia (1); monitoring the migration coverage in Georgian media (2); providing back-stopping support in analysis and evaluation of the impact of the Migration Strategy implementation on migration management in Georgia (3) and carrying out demand driven analytical and research activities for further policy development (4).
  • COMPONENT 2 focuses on Joint Response Measures derived from the policy recommendations under Component 1. In this way, the project team together with the Georgian counterparts will implement measures to avoid and/or minimise negative and foster positive impact of the visa liberalisation in Georgia by providing further support to migration risks prevention (1), further targeted awareness raising on migration and mobility (2), improving the situation of Georgian migrants abroad (3), supporting organised and informed students’ mobility (4); and designing demand driven activities on improvement of collection and analysis of data on visa liberalisation implementation (5).
  • COMPONENT 3 provides targeted Capacity Building actions directed towards fostering of migration understanding, expertise and education (1); media education on migration (2); deepening understanding of EU migration acquis by the SCMI member institutions (3), as well as practical implementation of selected Migration Strategy areas (4), and Personal Data Protection requirements in the field of migration (5) by the SCMI member institutions.
  • COMPONENT 4 fosters Exchange and Cooperation between Georgia and EU Experts by raising institutional awareness in Georgia on functioning of EU institutions (1); implementing joint measures for further approximation of the Georgian legislation with the EU migration acquis by the EU MS and Georgian experts (2); establishing close contacts between SCMI and EU institutions in the area of migration and asylum (3), and carrying out targeted EU MS experts exchange visits to Georgia (4). 

Target group, beneficiaries and counterpartsSCMI and its Secretariat; EU member states’ migration institutions

EU migration related institutions; Media organisations in Georgia and in EU MS; Civil society in Georgia and in EU MS

Academia: Georgian and EU MS universities as institutions as well as individual academia experts; Other migration related stakeholders in Georgia and EU MS



According to the specific project objectives;

  • SO1. To actively support the SCMI in implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation of the impact of Migration Strategy, without prejudice to Migration Strategy Action Plan and Evaluation Indicators document (as one of the important outcome of the VLAP in the field of migration);
  • SO.2 To implement joint measures to mitigate, target and address identified and potential migration related risks of visa liberalisation in Georgia and the EU MS;  
  • SO3. To foster and support migration understanding, expertise and education; 
  • SO4. To further deepen cooperation between the migration institutions of the EU Member States and Georgia on migration related issues with the aim of further support Georgian’s European integration process.

Implementing AgencyInternational Centre for Migration Policy Development

Programme partners: EUD in Georgia, EU MS

DonorsEuropean Commission (EU-Georgia Financing Agreement, signed in May 2017 within the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) 2016 Technical Cooperation Facility II Programme)

DurationSeptember 2017-November 2020


Project Manager: Violeta Wagner

Website: ENIGMMA Website  

Downloads: Full project description (PDF)


Prague Process: Dialogue, Analyses and Trainings in Action (PP DATA)

Objective: The “Prague Process: Dialogue, Analyses and Training in Action (PP DATA)” initiative was launched as strand C of the Mobility Partnership Facility 2 for a period of 36 months. The work will build on the results and achievements of previous actions, will continue the senior and expert level dialogue, and will aim at implementing the Bratislava Declaration, in particular focusing on establishing of the Migration Observatory and the Training Academy. 

The overall objective of PP DATA is to sustain and further enhance the established cooperation in the area of migration and asylum between the countries of the European Union, the Schengen Area, the Eastern Partnership, the Western Balkans, Central Asia, Russia and Turkey, through targeted support for the implementation of the priorities set in the Prague Process Action Plan 2012–2016 and in the Declaration endorsed by Ministers during their Conference in Bratislava on 19-20 September 2016.

DownloadsFull project description (PDF)

For more information please visit the Prague Process Projects webpage and Prague Process website