Dhaka, Bangladesh: The Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) was officially inaugurated on 27th September by the Honorable Md. Shahidul Islam, ndc, Director General (Additional Secretary), Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training. The MRCs in Dhaka and Cumilla have been operational since March 2020 to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration in Bangladesh.

Vienna, Austria: The attached infographic shows the Budapest Process activities that have been carried out already this year, as well as what is planned for the last quarter of 2021. This covers our work in the Budapest Process Dialogue; the Budapest Process Reference Group; the Knowledge/Research work that is being carried out; as well as the operational cooperation dimension.

Baghdad, Iraq: ICMPD delivered the third expert training workshop on Irregular Migration, organised under the project, “Developing the Iraqi Government’s knowledge and expertise in migration governance” (Project IMED). The workshop, conducted through a hybrid approach, was held at the Coral Palace Hotel in Baghdad on 15-16th September 2021.

Lahore, Pakistan: On 13-17th September our Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) team in collaboration with the Protectorate of Emigrants, Lahore conducted six Pre-Departure Orientation Sessions. In total, 255 outgoing male migrants were briefed about their migrant workers’ rights and responsibilities, covering the rules and regulations in the destination country.

Wazirabad, Pakistan: Our Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) Pakistan in collaboration with the Punjab Vocational Training Council organised two orientation sessions for students on safe and informed migration at the Vocational Training Institute Wazirabad. The sessions were attended by students from five different professional trades and 60% of the attendees were women.

Our Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Pakistan provides correct and neutral information free of charge to Pakistanis. The MRC is funded by the European Union, and activities are implemented by ICMPD in close cooperation with national and local authorities.

Baghdad, Iraq: On the 5-9th September 2021, ICMPD hosted two events including a National Project Steering Committee (NPSC) meeting and a Training of Trainers on Document Security. The events brought together IBM Silk Routes’ counterparts, with the NPSC meeting advancing project implementation, whilst the Document Security workshop aimed to train and advance the knowledge of border authorities.

Ebril, Iraq: ICMPD held a workshop in cooperation with the Ministry of Migration and Displaced (MoMD) in Erbil, Iraq on 7-9th September 2021. The workshop was organised within the framework of the project "Capacity building for long-term reintegration of returnees to Afghanistan and Iraq" (Project CAIR), funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Denmark and implemented by ICMPD.

Islamabad and Lahore, Pakistan: In this video journalist Sumaira Khan provides a message for Pakistanis who are planning to migrate abroad for work and study purposes. She underlines the dangers that are associated with irregular migration and that those who do so are deprived access to basic social and health rights. Ms Khan also warns intended migrants against using brokers, agents and middlemen.

Dhaka and Cumilla, Bangladesh: In Bangladesh our partner CARE has produced a video on the importance of safe and informed migration while addressing the crucial topic of “middle men”. The video highlights how these “brokers” can make false promises and charge significant amounts of money unnecessarily to migrants.

Dushanbe, Tajikistan: In Tajikistan our partner Mercy Corps produced a video that was broadcast on national television to provide information on the work of the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment of Population in supporting returning migrants.

Dushanbe, Tajikistan: On 6th September ICMPD participated in an international conference “Global Challenges of Migration Processes in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic with SCO: Problems and prospects” dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). This high-profile event was organised by the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment of Population in Tajikistan in joint cooperation with MRC and the International Organisation for Migration.

Dhaka and Cumilla, Bangladesh: Our Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Bangladesh is running a campaign on “Information Assistance for Safe Immigration” in markets and bazaars around the country. Citizens wanting information regarding immigration are directed to our MRCs in Dhaka and Cumilla office as well as their nearest District Employment and Manpower Office.