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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


9th Budapest Process Working Group Meeting on the Silk Routes Region

Belgrade, 19 October - Finding long-term solutions for further dialogue and cooperation in the field of integration of migrants and reintegration of returnees is the goal of the working group meeting in the capital of the Republic of Serbia today.

Hosted by the Ministry of Interior of Serbia, the two-day event taking place 18 -19 October brings together over 80 senior experts from thirty Budapest Process participating countries from Europe and Asia and organisations to discuss challenges and issues related to integration and reintegration. The Working Group meeting aims at defining long-term approaches in migration management, addressing challenges, sharing good practices, as well as studying negative effects/outcomes of non-existence of integration and reintegration policies. Senior experts, particularly Silk Routes countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan – discuss the latest trends of integration and reintegration policies and address the need of common Budapest Process standards in the fields of integration of migrants and reintegration of returning migrants.

State Secretary of the Serbian Interior Ministry Jana Ljubičić said that integration of migrants and reintegration of returnees are important and rather topical issues which require more attention and should be more often on the agendas of the international meetings dedicated to migration, since the countries along the Western Balkan route have primarily dealt with suppression of irregular migration, transit migration flows, asylum procedures, emergency accommodation and humanitarian care. “Migration has almost never been a national problem only, but has always required intensive and effective cross-border and international co-operation and Serbia stands ready to be part of the solution of the common problem” she added. Integration helps to ensure and maintain cohesion in the society and a peaceful social coexistence of different groups. The costs of non-integration are considered higher than investment in integration. In practice this means that societies have to make their mainstream institutions fit to “migration” and accommodate the needs of migrants into the work of their central institutions, such as schools, health care, vocational training, sports, etc. in order to avoid social exclusion and evolving “parallel societies”.

Strengthening protection systems through international cooperation – Silk Routes Working Group meets in Tehran

 28 May 2016

At a time when refugee movements take place at an increasing pace, it was crucial for Budapest Process countries to meet and discuss challenges in the identification of persons in need of international protection, provision of adequate reception conditions for asylum seekers and offering refugees durable solutions through a joint approach. The 8th Silk Routes Region Working Group Meeting and the final regional training of the Silk Routes Partnership Project provided the first opportunity for countries of origin, transit and destination along the Silk Routes to meet in the light of the 2015 events. The meetings were hosted by the Islamic Republic of Iran on 15 – 19 May 2016 at the premises of the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) in Tehran.