On 13 October 2021, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) organised an international Migration Partnership Conference in an online format in the framework of the EU-funded “Support to the Implementation of the Mobility Partnership with Azerbaijan” (MOBILAZE 2) project. The conference also served as an official kick-off event of the MOBILAZE 2 project and brought together high-level practitioners and policymakers from Azerbaijan, EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, EU Member States, ICMPD, Eastern Partnership countries (Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova), international actors and other stakeholders including civil society and academia in Azerbaijan. The participants discussed mobility partnership priorities and the main features of migration policy and management in Azerbaijan and in the region.
Summary: The 36-month long project was developed in close cooperation with national institutions of Azerbaijan and focuses on migration and border governance and management skills; contribution to improved migration data, research and analysis; and awareness-raising of the Azerbaijani society on migration.
The MOBILAZE 2 project is a direct follow-up to the MOBILAZE 1 project which ran from 2016 to 2019 when ICMPD was tasked by the European Commission to implement the MOBILAZE 1 to support the fulfilment of the objectives set in the Mobility Partnership between the EU Member States and Azerbaijan signed in 2013.