Ankara, 23-24 January 2019: How do you best collect, collate, develop and safely share data on irregular migration? This was the topic of a two-day meeting, which brought twenty-four officials from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Turkey, together with experts from ICMPD in Ankara, Turkey. It is also the core function of the Regional Law Enforcement Cooperation (RELEC) and the meeting’s objective was to learn, exchange experiences and raise awareness among the gathered National Contact Points (NCPs) who represented the RELEC partner countries.
Law enforcement practitioners from the region drew their respective national picture on irregular migration, migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings, with a view to reporting statistics on a quarterly basis and developing a regional analysis based on the data. The exchange of early warning information was furthermore underlined as an important tool to counter transnational crime and building trust among the countries.
While a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is undergoing the formal approval process in each country, the delegates have agreed to start national and regional trainings throughout 2019 for the staff of agencies involved in information exchange. First in-depth national trainings will focus mainly on data handling and raising awareness on trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling.