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ICMPD supports Afghan officials in advancing migration knowledge

16 May, Istanbul, Turkey – 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.

The course envisaged several specifically developed training modules on legal migration, trafficking in human beings, irregular migration, migrant smuggling, border management, forced migration and the international and European framework on international protection. The intense training programme on 6-16 May delivered by experts from Argentina, Austria, Germany, Ireland and the UK also aimed at equipping the selected trainers with teaching and communication techniques for adult training. Distributed training manuals on each migration module included facilitating material that can be used by future trainers to conduct their own trainings within the respective ministries.

Ms. Sedef Dearing, Regional Coordinator – Silk Routes of ICMPD, stated that “Obtained knowledge and training skills on migration will support the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations to develop its own training programmes for its staff”.  She added that in the future ICMPD would continue to provide assistance to Afghanistan in the area of migration, in particular as regards policy development and capacity building.

The project aims at contributing to the concrete implementation of the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration under the Budapest Process by strengthening the migration management capacities of the Silk Routes countries Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.