Welcome to the website of the Budapest Process Secretariat and ICMPD's Regional Coordination Office for the Silk Routes Region. Here we cover the work of the Budapest Process: an inter-regional dialogue on migration and the concrete actions implemented under its umbrella through the projects Improving Migration Management and Integrated Border Management in the Silk Routes Countries.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh: Partnerships between the public and private sectors offer companies opportunities to engage in areas that are traditionally viewed as falling under a public mandate. These spheres include health care, transportation facilities, infrastructure, energy and waste management services. One reason why PPPs are used is because they enable projects to be realised which otherwise would not be affordable by the government using purely the state’s own resources.

This concept of building Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) has been established in several Silk Routes countries, yet linking these to reintegration goals is an area that remains largely untapped. In order to meet reintegration as well as economic goals, ICMPD has launched a specific project to this end on PPPs.

As an initial step in Bangladesh, ICMPD held a workshop on Public-Private Sector Partnership for Reintegration in Bangladesh with the European Return and Reintegration Network (ERRIN) as well as the Bangladeshi Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET), the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) and Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment (MEWOE) on 8th November. This was followed by a training on Reintegration Frameworks and Strategies on 9th November. 

Vienna, Austria: The author Dr Parag Khanna rightly highlights that heat, drought and rising sea levels are making some regions uninhabitable, and this is creating a “push factor” for migration. It is a phenomenon which is poorly understood and not always given the attention that it deserves. 18 million people were forced to leave their homes for this reason between 2015 and 2020 in just five countries in South Asia. 

Skopje, North Macedonia: Given the longstanding commitment to dialogue and cooperation held by the South East Europe (SEE) and the Silk Routes Region Working Groups, a joint meeting was arranged on 14th October 2021. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 related issues, the meeting was held virtually.

The Budapest Process is an inter-regional dialogue on migration stretching from Europe to the Silk Routes region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq and Pakistan) also covering Europe's Eastern neighbours, the Western Balkans and Central Asia.

Founded in 1993 the Budapest Process is Europe's leading and longest-standing dialogue on migration. We have built up a far-reaching network among participating and observer states as well as a wide thematic coverage. The Budapest Process also offers practical support to countries within the Silk Routes Project by offering a platform for learning and training between peers as well as for facilitating concrete project development and cooperation.

The unique value of the Budapest Process is that we bridge the gap between theory and practice. Today we provide a platform for dialogue and operational cooperation for 55 governments as well as 17 regional and international organisations.


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