Ongoing Projects

Swiss Support to Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (Phase II)

Objective: The objective of the project is to support Lebanon in fostering human rights-based border and migration management. By promoting human rights-based and gender-responsive border and migration management in Lebanon, the project contributes to strengthening the capacities of Lebanese security agencies and authorities responsible for all aspects related to the management of migration and of displaced and refugee populations in Lebanon, thus reinforcing their role in performing their constitutional task as well as their perception as highly skilled and professional agents.

Summary: Building upon the positive outcomes of, Phase I (2016-2018), the project will continue in the same direction and particularly it will focus on: 

  • Enhancing Lebanese security agencies’ border management and rights-based protection capacities
  • Raising awareness of the concept of gender equality and adopting gender-responsive border systems and procedures;
  • Promoting Lebanese security agencies’ awareness of and reactiveness to trafficking in human beings (THB);
  • Providing infrastructure support, with a focus on addressing the needs of migrants in vulnerable situations and potential victims of THB.

Donor: Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM)

Duration: November 2018 -  November 2020

Country: Lebanon

Project Manager: Lavinia Lys Brera


Downloads: Project factsheet


Netherlands’ Assistance to Lebanese Border Agencies (IBM)

Objective: To support the establishment of the Lebanese Armed Forces’ Land Border Regiment Central Training Centre, Rayak (CTC) as an Integrated Border Management training centre of excellence.

Specific objectives are to:

  • support the establishmentof professional standards and operating practices within Lebanese border management training;
  • contribute to Lebanon’s border training infrastructure and equipment;
  • improve access to, and quality of, training for border staff;
  • improve intra-agency, inter-agency and international training coordination in Lebanon;
  • increase gender sensitive approaches.

Donor: The Netherlands 

Partners: Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Netherlands National Police

Implementing agency: ICMPD

Duration: January 2019 - December 2021

Country: Lebanon

Project Manager: Adrian Cooper


Downloads: Factsheet EN, FR, AR


Danish Assistance to General Security in Lebanon

Objective: The objective of the project is to increase the institutional, technical and operational cybersecurity capacities in the border management area, to protect Secure Border Management System against cyber threats, through supporting the General Security in the implementation of Secure Operations Centre as part of their Cyber-security Strategy.

Summary: The direct impact of the Syria conflict on Lebanon has served to reinforce the need for improvements and strengthening of border management. General Security (GS) felt the worst of the pressure in terms of cross border movements. The influx of refugees was significant, yet GS continues its role of border security with limited increase in resources (human, financial or equipment) or assistance.

In January 2018, an official request came from the GS Director General to support the development and implementation of a Cybersecurity Strategy and to conduct a Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign (CAC). Furthermore, in a written communique of July 2018, the Director General clearly highlighted that the drafting of a Cybersecurity Strategy and implementation of a Secured Operations Center (SOC) were top priorities for GS and for Lebanon in general.

The tasks of the SOC will include the leveraging of emerging threat intelligence (Indicators of Compromise (IoC)s, updated rules, etc.) identification of affected systems and the scope of the attacks, examination if a critical system or dataset has been impacted, revision and collection of asset data (configurations, running processes, etc.) on these systems for further investigation, remedial and recovery efforts and provide support for new analytic methods for detecting threats. All these tasks put together will ensure a higher security environment for the GS IT system and information flow in their border management and law enforcement activity. In turn, a more secure GS, means more security at the Lebanese national level.

Donor(s): Denmark, represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Immigration and Integration.

Partner(s): General Directorate of General Security in Lebanon

Implementing agency: ICMPD

Duration: January 2018 - June 2020

Country: Lebanon

Project Manager: Marwan Abou Diwan


Downloads: Project Factsheet 


Support Programme to Integrated Border Management in Tunisia – Phase II (IBM Tunisia II)

Objective: the overall objective is to contribute to building the capacity for protection, surveillance and border control of the Tunisian border agencies, while facilitating the movement of legitimate travelers and goods.
The specific objectives are:

  •  To strengthen the institutional capacity of  the Tunisian border agencies
  •   To improve the efficiency and security of border agency staff
  • To reinforce the three pillars of the Integrated Border Management concept in Tunisia

The programme will support the achievement of these objectives through the implementation of the following three components:

1.Preparation for the establishment of “Border” inter-agency training centres in the North and in the South of Tunisia.

2.Extension of the local operational rooms of the Border Police Directorate of the General Directorate for National Security (DFE) and of the local watch of the Border Guard General Directorate of the National Guard (DGGF), as well as the creation of a Central operation Room and pilot local operational rooms for Customs.

3.Facilitation of commercial transit and passenger crossing (extension of the “Smart Traveller” mobile Customs application.


Implementing agency: ICMPD (Tunis office)

Donor: The German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Duration: 1 December 2018 – 31 December 2019

Country: Tunisia

Project Manager: Souha Badr


Download: IBM Tunisia Phase II Factsheet


MC2CM (Mediterranean City-to-City Migration)

Background: The Mediterranean City-to-City Migration Project (MC2CM) brings together experts and cities to contribute to improved migration governance at city level, including migrants' access to basic services and human rights.

The project is funded by the European Union through the Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement negotiations and co-funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Implemented since 2015, the project is working with the cities of Amman, Beirut, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Tangiers, Tunis, Turin and Vienna to increase the knowledge base on urban migration and nurture a peer-to-peer dialogue to support mutual learning on specific urban challenges such as social cohesion, intercultural dialogue, employment and provision of basic services for migrants, among others.

For more information, please visit the MC2CM page.


Euro-Mediterranean dialogue and cooperation on migration, mobility and international protection - EUROMED Migration IV (EMM4)

Objective: The overall objective of EUROMED Migration IV (2016-2019), a programme financed by the European Union and implemented by ICMPD, is to support EU Member States and ENI Southern Partner Countries in establishing a comprehensive, constructive and operational dialogue and co-operation framework, with a particular focus on reinforcing instruments and capacities to develop and implement evidence-based and coherent migration and international protection policies and activities.


In order to achieve this objective, EMM4 builds upon the results of the first three phases of the programme (2004-2015) and tailors its activities around two pillars: the first pillar facilitates an effective North-South and South-South regional co-operation dialogue in the area of migration and international protection-related issues (legal migration, irregular migration, migration and development and international protection). The second pillar focuses on capacity-building, applying a new outcome-oriented approach which includes sub-regional activities, tailor-made national training programmes and a targeted technical assistance package for small-scale concrete actions. Both pillars are supported by a horizontal and cross-cutting component, with a particular focus on communication through the dissemination of reliable information in order to contribute to a more balanced narrative on migration. 


For more information, please visit the EUROMED Migration IV page.


Strategic and institutional management of migration in Libya (ENPI/2014/347-020)

Objective: This action will contribute to good governance in Libya by strengthening the capacity of public institutions to effectively govern migration.

Programme activities will focus on on improving the capacities of the authorities responsible for migration governance at the central and local level and the institutional set-up for an effective migration governance system, in line with international standards and best practices to guarantee that migrants are treated with full respect of human rights and human dignity. A particular focus of the programme is also on supporting the reintegration of Libya into regional and international migration dialogues.

The overall objective is to support the Libyan administration at central and local levels as well as Libyan civil society and academia in their efforts to develop the necessary prerequisites for effective migration governance geared towards improving the management of migration flows and the living conditions of migrants in Libya.

Specific Objectives: 

1. To identify the mandates and capacities of Libyan stakeholders (central and local authorities, civil society, academia ..) in order to improve migration management

2. To assist the Libyan administration in improving the current structures, mechanisms and procedures necessary for migration governance in line with International standards and Libyan specificities and needs

3. To support Libya’s reintegration into regional and international dialogues on migration


Main Activities of Phase 2: Capacity Building and Sustainable Dialogue

Capacities and mandates of Libyan stakeholders in migration management:

  • Activity 1.1: Conducting an institutional audit and capacity assessment of the various governmental bodies in charge of migration, as well as civil society and academia
  • Activity 1.2: Operational Capacity Building of Civil Society organisations (CSO) on e.g. Relations and networks between CSOs, Business plans, Project development, Access to donor funding

Strengthening Migration Governance:

  •  Activity 2.1: Capacity Building for the Libyan central administration on migration governance via the definition of a migration governance curriculum.
  • Activity 2.2: Promotion of a national dialogue on migration building bridges between Libyan universities, the central and local administration and civil society.

Libya’s reintegration into regional and international dialogues on migration:

  • Activity 3.1: Support to the Libyan authorities for their participation at regional and international dialogues on migration.
  • Activity 3.2: Support to greater coordination between the Libyan authorities and EU Delegation to Libya on efforts to address Libya’s gaps and needs, opportunities and challenges via the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and potentially other EU-funded programmes.

Donor: European Commission

Implementing agency: ICMPD

Duration: June 2016 – July 2020 

Country: Libya

ContactsE-mail ; Telephone: +216 31 342 053  


Support to the Mobility Partnership (MP) between the EU and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (JEMPAS)

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

JEMPAS is a technical assistance project with the overall aim to support the implementation of the Mobility Partnership (MP) between the EU and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan . Both parties signed the MP in October 2014.

For more information, please visit the JEMPAS webpage.


Enhanced Capability for Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (IBM Lebanon)

Objective: IBM Lebanon aims to provide support to the Lebanese authorities in securing and controlling borders, increasing the security of its citizens, promoting regional stability and facilitating trade, development and human contact.

The second and current phase of IBM Lebanon strives to support strengthening the resilience of Lebanon’s security institutions to withstand internal and external pressures and shocks, and to reinforce the role they can play as drivers of stability and national cohesion.

There will be continued and intensified support to the implementation of the jointly developed and agreed IBM Strategy. The first module will further develop action planning and coordination at strategic and operational levels. Module two will assist border management co-ordination capabilities by supporting dedicated operation rooms, risk analysis, early warning, pre-arrival and analysis systems. The third module concerns development of agency systems for on-going enhancement of operational capacity, through support to training systems, infrastructure and equipment. Module four will support systems for the establishment and maintenance of professional standards in border management. The final module focuses on implementation of a ‘state-of-the-art’ border management IT system, through the supply of telecommunications equipment, software and hardware, mobilisation of technical expertise and implementation of standard operating procedures.

Donor: European Union 

Implementing Agency: ICMPD (in collaboration with 5 beneficiary agencies: the Lebanese Armed Forces; the Internal Security Forces, the General Security, Lebanese Customs Administration and the Lebanese Civil Defence, and the Lebanese Customs Administration)

Duration: January 2016 – June 2019

Country: Lebanon

Project Manager: Phil Johnson 


Downloads: IBM Lebanon Factsheet

Reinforcing Aviation Security at Rafic Hariri International Airport

Objective: The primary objective is to reduce the likelihood of a terrorist attack against the Rafic Hariri International Airport, or prevent the airport from being used to carry out attacks against airlines or passengers. The risk of terrorists and other criminals eluding detection within the airport facilities will also be mitigated.

The specific objective of the action is to improve the security of Rafic Hariri International Airport, through the following outputs – delivered to the relevant airport security agencies and CERSA:

  •  Improved coordination and cooperation among airport security agencie
  • Increased surveillance and security capacities
  • Improved infrastructure through the provision of equipment and infrastructural support

The project is divided in two modules to achieve the set objectives. Module 1 will focus on strategic planning on airport security and shall lead to increased coordination between the agencies, while Module 2 comprises capacity-building activities such as training/seminars, expertise exchange and infrastructural support.  

Donor(s): European Commission 

Partner(s): n/a

Implementing agency: ICMPD

Duration: September 2018 – February 2020

Country: Lebanon 

Project Manager: Marion Holzmann 

Downloads: Factsheet EN