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About the Budapest Process

The Budapest Process is a consultative forum of more than 50 governments and 10 international organisations exchanging information and best practices on a wide range of migration issues. It is one of the longest standing cooperation framework on migration for Europe and its eastern neighbours and provides an informal and flexible framework for states and other stakeholders to meet on an equal footing and address issues of common concern.

On 19 April 2013, marking the Process’s 20th anniversary, the Turkish Chair invited to the 5th Budapest Process Ministerial Conference where the Istanbul Ministerial Declaration on "A Silk Routes Partnership for Migration" was adopted. Read more


Senior Officials gather to discuss the future of the Budapest Process

Antalya, 15 December – As the monitoring and steering body of the Budapest Process, the annual Senior Officials Meeting reported on the activities in 2016, including the meetings of the Silk Routes Working Group and the Silk Routes Partnership Project and presented a five-year proposal for the 2017 - 2021 cooperation framework.

Hosted by Turkey, the meeting gathered over 45 representatives from 23 participating states and several international and regional organisations.  The meeting included discussions on operational, thematic and structural priorities for the Budapest Process as of 2017. Considering the high importance given to the Process by its participating countries, the discussions touched upon short-term needs and long-term objectives and at the same time financial sustainability during the next funding period 2017 - 2021.

The Budapest Process is one of the longest-standing cooperation frameworks on migration for Europe and its eastern neighbours and during its more than 20 years of operation, it has developed from an information sharing tool between European countries in a pre-EU enlargement setting to a far reaching Europe-Asia forum for improving migration management.

Establishing regional law enforcement cooperation between the Silk Routes countries and Turkey

Antalya, 12-13 December – Twenty-four officials from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Turkey, together with experts from ICMPD and Frontex met in Antalya, Turkey to continue elaborating the establishment of a regional law enforcement cooperation network.

The fruitful work of law enforcement practitioners from the region, together with legal officers and experts resulted in a first draft of a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The future MoU will allow law enforcement entities of the Silk Routes countries and Turkey to exchange information through a focal point network with special focus on prevention, detection and fighting migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings and enhanced border management.

The proposed framework envisages regular data exchange and a regional early warning system. The delegates agreed to convene the next round of consultations on 6 – 7 March 2017 in Tehran, upon the kind invitation from the Islamic Republic of Iran to continue elaborating the MoU.

This event is a follow up to a series of consultation meetings held in Pakistan, Poland and Turkey in 2015-2016, and part of the Budapest Process’ long-term efforts aimed at enhancing regional law enforcement co-operation. The overall objective of the Silk Routes Partnership project is to strengthen the migration management capacities of the Silk Routes countries Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan both at national and –together with Bangladesh and Iran- also at regional level.