The Budapest Process is an interregional dialogue on migration stretching from Europe to the Silk Routes region - also covering Europe's Eastern neighbours, the Western Balkans and Central Asia. It provides a platform for dialogue and operational cooperation for over 50 governments and 10 international organisations.
During its more than 25 years of operation, the Budapest Process has built up a far-reaching network among participating states and wide thematic coverage. The dialogue is known and valued in the regions it involves and the methodology used is well trusted. The unbinding nature, the setting of trust as well as fostering of an equal level principle, have made it possible to achieve cooperation, also on sensitive issues. The Budapest Process also offers a platform for learning and training between peers as well as for facilitating concrete project development and cooperation.
The Budapest Process has come to master the balance and interplay between political dialogue and operational action, with concrete projects flanking the dialogue and creating tangible outcomes of the political objectives established. The projects in the Silk Routes Region serve to improve the capacities of administrations to better manage all aspects related to the movement of people, including awareness of how migration could be more beneficial for the development of each country.
The Budapest Process provides an informal and flexible framework for states and other stakeholders to address issues of common concern and maintain open channels of communication between each other. Through dialogue, information and experience exchange, a common understanding of migration concepts and policies is promoted as well as a common language on migration issues. This is necessary in order to further cooperation.