BUDAPEST PROCESS SECRETARIAT - INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR MIGRATION POLICY DEVELOPMENT

Sarajevo, 7-8 May 2018 : To further discuss the topic of return and reintegration, 60 participants from 29 countries, gathered on 7 and 8 May 2018 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. During this Joint meeting of the Silk Routes and the South East Europe Working Groups, Iraq and Afghanistan presented the reintegration policies in their countries. Representatives from academia and independent bodies (Samuel Hall and the University of Koç) shared their perspectives and research conclusions for successful reintegration, presenting concrete examples, like the situation of Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Antalya, 15 December 2017: 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.

Istanbul, 27-28 November 2017  : A first preparatory meeting brought together over seventy-five senior officials from 36 countries and 7 international and regional organisations to discuss the Call for Action on large movements of refugees and migrants which is to be adopted at a Ministerial Conference in October 2018.

Ankara, 20-21 September 2017: Over thirty senior officials from representatives of the Silk Routes countries and the donor countries of the Budapest Process/Silk Routes Partnership for Migration as well as the European Commission met these days in Ankara, upon the invitation of Turkey as a Chair of the Budapest Process.

Erbil, 24 May 2017: Today, the Silk Routes Partnership project team handed over the certificates to 22 trainers marking the successful completion of a ten day Training of Trainers (ToT) course on migration. The trainees came from the Ministry of Migration and Displacement and the Ministry of Interior of the Federal Government of Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).

Istanbul, 16 May  2017: Fifteen employees, including three women, from different departments of the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan successfully completed a ten day Training of Trainers (ToT) course on migration in the framework of the Silk Routes Partnership project.

Tehran, 15-19 May 2016: 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 at the premises of the Institute for Political and International Studies.

In collaboration with ILO, the Silk Routes Partnership project established - as one main pilot initiative - two Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) in Islamabad and Lahore. The centres provide information and capacity building to potential migrants in Pakistan on rights, legal practices, jobs and protection possibilities abroad as well as on the dangers and consequences of irregular migration.

In the field of migration policy “migration dialogues” are an important cooperation tool. They help states to maintain open channels of communication between each other, from expert to ministerial level. Countries along the Silk Routes connect through the Budapest Process.