Completed Projects

Link Up! Serbia – Feasibility study. Facilitating Diaspora Investments

Objective: The overall objective of Link Up! Serbia – Facilitating Diaspora Investments is to assess the business ecosystem for diaspora investments in Serbia by identifying market failures and underutilized investment situations.

As part of this project, a feasibility study was conducted to investigate the link between the Serbian diaspora in Austria and the economic development of Serbia, especially with regards to their economic and entrepreneurial activities. Additionally, it assessed if an ADA-funded programme could incentivise diaspora entrepreneurship and looked at ways in which private sector investments and the transfer of knowledge and capital from the diaspora towards the economic development of Serbia could be boosted.

Donor: Austrian Development Agency

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Duration: October 2016-November 2017

Countries: Austria, Serbia

Project Manager/Co-Author: Valerie Wolff

Read the study here

Preventing, Identifying and Combating Trafficking of Refugees in Turkey (PICTOR Turkey)

Objective: The project aimed to significantly increase the knowledge and capacities of relevant State institutions, NGOs and IOs to prevent, identify and refer trafficking cases among the vulnerable groups arriving and residing in Turkey under the temporary protection regime. It also targeted to contribute substantially to the longer-term resilience of the large displaced population in Turkey to trafficking and exploitation, through the promotion of access to regular employment.

Summary:

Seeking to adapt the existing anti-trafficking response to the particular needs, vulnerabilities and challenges of Syrians under temporary protection, the project comprised of two components. First one was capacity building to increase victim identification and improve services to trafficking victims among vulnerable populations. Second one focused on targeted information campaigns on the labour rights and trafficking prevention for people under temporary protection. These activities were specifically designed to address the specific issues facing service-providers and other State stakeholders, NGOs and IOs in the southern and south-eastern provinces where most Syrians reside, and in Istanbul, in responding to trafficking among this group. PICTOR also sought to improve the resilience of this population to trafficking, by providing them with targeted information on anti-trafficking, and on their labour and other rights.

Within the scope of the project, TOT manual was developed to assist all stakeholders to combat trafficking in human beings. This manual specially aimed to increase the awareness on identification of victims and national referral mechanism among all actors and created a tool enabling the realization of trainings to others on trafficking in human beings and thereby, will contribute to the sustainability. 2 TOT Trainings in Ankara were conducted for DGMM migration experts. Likewise, 3 Multi-disciplinary trainings were realised in Hatay, Şanlıurfa, Istanbul with participation of relevant stakeholders. The content of the targeted information campaign was developed in English and Turkish which was delivered to DGMM.

Donor: British Embassy in Ankara

Implementing Agency: International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), in cooperation with the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM)

Duration: July 2016- March 2017

Country: Turkey

Project Manager: Gülşah Güreş

Downloads: Full project description (PDF)

Supporting development of sustainable asylum capacities in Turkey (ASCAP Turkey)

Objective: To provide assistance to the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) to further improve the existing asylum system in Turkey to operate in a self-sustainable and efficient manner to respond to the pending and new asylum claims.

Summary: The project aimed to support the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management in improving the effectiveness and sustainability of the national asylum system, which faces an unprecedented caseload, in line with the international standards and international refugee law. Specific target groups of the project were the policy makers in the field of asylum, as well as the asylum caseworkers and country of origin information researchers of DGMM. The project brought together experts from various EU member states, the DGMM and ICMPD for peer to peer exchange of information and best practices, and for capacity building workshops. Policy making processes were supported through the research activities under the project which focused mainly on the asylum appeal procedures and border asylum procedures.

Donor: United Kingdom

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Duration: July 2016 – March 2017

Country: Turkey

Project Manager: Yigit Kader

Support for the development of institutional capacity of the Directorate General of Migration Management of Turkey (DGMM II)

Objective: Development of the institutional capacity of the Directorate General for Migration Management of Turkey.

Summary: This project aims at supporting the institutional development and enhancing the operational capacity of DGMM in a set of thematic areas, such as irregular migration, legal migration and international protection, including temporary protection.

It has two components. The first one focuses on developing the operational capacity of DGMM at institutional level. The second component focuses on building knowledge and expertise of DGMM staff at the headquarters in Ankara and in provincial offices. The internal work procedures of DGMM will be improved through this project.

Furthermore, ICMPD provides support to DGMM in meeting requirements set out in various cooperation agreements between Turkey and the EU, including the Visa Liberalisation Process Road Map, the Turkey-EU Readmission Agreement and Turkey-EU Migration Action Plan.

ICMPD has been providing support for the institutional set up and initial functioning of DGMM since 2013. This project builds upon that experience. 

Donors: United Kingdom

Country: Turkey

Training for Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM) staff in processing individual readmission requests in line with the provisions in the EU-Turkey readmission agreement (READMIC)

Objective: To support the DGMM in fulfilling the requirements under the EU-Turkey Readmission Agreement by training approximately 100 DGMM staff members.

Summary: Turkey and the EU have been working in partnership to manage the present migration crisis. As a result of this dialogue, the EU and Turkey have concluded a Readmission Agreement (the Agreement) and ratified accordingly. The DGMM is the main partner on the Turkish side responsible for the implementation of said agreement and for processing the individual readmission requests both for Turkish citizens as well as third country nationals.

The READMIC project has foreseen series of trainings for the new staff of DGMM, whom will be engaged in processing the specific readmission requests. The trainings focused on the readmission process in general as well as ensured specific trainings on the requirements deriving from the Agreement and the implementing protocols. Training of the new staff, providing them with a general understanding of the requirements which Turkey has to meet under the Agreement as well as providing them with the specific knowledge on the manner of dealing with the individual requests has strengthened DGMM’s operational capacity to fulfill the requirements under the above agreement. 

Donor: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Main Beneficiary: Directorate General of Migration Management

Duration: 9 Months (July 2016 – March 2017)

Country: Turkey

Project Manager: Semra Özgür 

Support the establishment of a Strategic Risk Analyses Capacity of Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM) of Turkey (eSRAC)

Objective: The project aimed at providing assistance to DGMM in developing a concept to determine the areas of responsibility and functioning of a new organizational unit within DGMM to work on a newly established strategic risk analysis and DGMM’s risk management capacity. The strategic objective of the project is to contribute to the timely identification of risks, better allocation of resources and increased quality of the information exchanged with international partners by strengthening DGMM’s risk analysis capacity as well as proactive and evidence-based migration management capacity.

Summary: Through the implementation of different project activities, the project aimed at developing a concept and a strategy for the establishment and functioning of a risk analysis unit within DGMM. 

Among others, the following activities have been carried out: 

  1. A need analysis for the establishment of a risk analysis unit in DGMM,
  2. A comparative study on institutional models of selected EU MS, established within migration agencies to collect, observe and analyze on migration developments at strategic level,
  3. Expert workshop(s) to provide information on institutional structures established in EU MS for similar functions,
  4. Expert workshop to develop considerations on a possible model(s) for DGMM,
  5. Study visit to an EU MS to obtain direct information on the functioning of similar units,
  6. A recommendation report to the DGMM in the respective areas of responsibility and functioning of the new Unit,
  7. Training of the staff of the new unit covering topics on strategic observation, data and risk analysis as well as developing management recommendations.

Donor: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Main Beneficiary: Directorate General of Migration Management

Duration: 9 Months (July 2016 – March 2017)

Country: Turkey

Project Manager: Semra Özgür 

Support Directorate General for Migration Management of Turkey (DGMM) for establishment of a pre-departure travel document and visa control system in country of origins (PREDOC)

Objective: To provide assistance to the DGMM in developing a concept for introducing a pre-departure travel documents and visa control system in countries of origin, in order to put in place an in advance entry check procedure which will be applied before departure of the passengers from the countries of origin.

Summary: By strengthening existing procedures through adding an additional layer of entry controls to Turkey, starting from departure airport at the country of origin, DGMM will be able reduce the risk of arrival of irregular migrants to Turkey, either without valid travel documentation or visa. Having such a procedure in place would help to contribute fight against irregular migration. In order to achieve the above objective, the following activities have been implemented to develop a concept and a strategy for the establishment and functioning of pre-departure entry check system:

  1. Desk research and comparative study on models used by EU MS on pre-departure checks at countries of origin,
  2. Expert workshops and meetings with private companies in Turkey conducting this service for other countries,
  3. Organizing consultation meetings with liaison officers deployed in Turkey for obtaining advice on lesson learned deriving from implementation of this practice,
  4. Organize a working visit to a possible country of origin where a system could be established: Afghanistan. 
  5. Developing of a recommendation report for submission to DGMM explaining the main features of the model and steps to be taken for establishment of such system for Turkey

Donor: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Main Beneficiary: Directorate General of Migration Management

Duration: 9 Months (July 2016 – March 2017)

Country: Turkey

Project Manager: Semra Özgür