Our Afghanistan Migrant Resource Centre has reached over 17 million people via social media over the past four years. In Bangladesh MRC reached almost 10 million people only in 2021. Take a look at the outreach numbers and the most successful information campaigns of the Migrant Resource Centres in the Silk Routes region below:

Where is the Pakistani diaspora in Europe? How does the diaspora influence irregular migration decision making?

Why do Pakistanis migrate irregularly? How can an information campaign help? 

Answers to these questions and more can now be found in a 2 pager document briefs, prepared within the framework of the project’s “Awareness raising and information campaigns on the risks of irregular migration in Pakistan” (PARIM).

Istanbul, Turkey: On 25th and 26th April 2022, the closing conference for the “Improving Migration Management in the Silk Routes (IMM)”project is taking place in Istanbul, Turkey. This event is bringing together participants from the European Commission, European Union member states as well as representatives from Silk Routes and Central Asian Countries. This includes Bangladesh, Iraq, Pakistan and Tajikistan, as well as civil society organisations and ICMPD.

Baghdad, Iraq: A Silk Routes team conducted a mission to Baghdad, Iraq on 3-5th April 2022, with the objective of advancing policy support on migration matters to the Government of Iraq. The mission forms part of the broader work being done under the project, ‘Capacity building for long-term reintegration of returnees to Iraq’ (Project CAIR), funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and implemented by ICMPD.

Vienna, Austria: Do you want to know more about the work of ICMPD in the Silk Routes region and the Budapest Process secretariat?

Dushanbe, Tajikistan: Do you want to know more about our Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Tajikistan? What does it do? How was it started? How does it interact with the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment of the Population of the Republic of Tajikistan? What are the achievements to date?

Vienna, Austria: The Swiss journal on Asylum Rights and Practices featured an article “The Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan” (page 21), which paints a picture of the rapidly evolving humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, outlining its proximate causes and the risks facing the Afghan people in the short to medium term. The article has been authored by *Samim Ahmadi and Khyber Farahi. 

Dushanbe, Tajikistan: Our Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs), run in close collaboration with partner countries in the Silk Routes region, help people to make informed decisions when considering whether to migrate. MRCs therefore play an important role in providing outgoing, intending and potential migrants with information on a broad range of migration-related challenges and opportunities. This initiative is implemented under the EU-funded project “Improving migration management in the Silk Routes countries”.

Islamabad, Pakistan: One of the projects that ICMPD implements in the Silk Routes region covers awareness raising and information campaigns on the risks of irregular migration in Pakistan (PARIM).

With this initiative, the European Union - with co-funding from the Ministry of the Interior of Austria and the Ministry of the Interior of Bulgaria - co-fund awareness-raising actions in Pakistan aiming to reduce the vulnerabilities and challenges faced by migrants. The objective is to provide them with adequate, timely and reliable information and guidance on all matters related to migration. The project furthermore aims to build sustainable networks and platforms among different groups of stakeholders to enhance their capacity in raising awareness, providing balanced information and promoting legal pathways. 

Vienna, Austria: A Study Visit to Switzerland was organised by the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) under the project “Developing the Iraqi Government’s Knowledge & Expertise in Migration Management” (Project IMED) on 14-18th March 2022. The visit was supported and facilitated by ICMPD, whereby a senior delegation from the Government of Iraq, led by the Deputy Minister from the Ministry of Migration and Displaced, travelled to Zurich, Bern and Geneva for meetings with Swiss counterparts and international organisations. The Iraqi delegation, consisting of 7 officials, was represented by 5 core ministries working on migration management in Iraq – namely the Ministries of Migration, Labour & Social Affairs, Planning, Interior and Foreign Affairs.

Islamabad, Pakistan: The Integrated Border Management (IBM) concept originated two decades ago as a solution designed to address the management of the external borders of the European Union. Since then it has evolved into a globally recognised standard in ensuring coordination and cooperation among all relevant authorities involved in border security and trade facilitation. One of the six fields covered within IBM is Human Resources and Training. Within this context, on 7-11th March 2022, ICMPD conducted a training workshop on Document Security Basic Level and an Introduction to Integrated Border Management (IBM) and Leadership for Assistant Directors of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of Pakistan.

Vienna, Austria: Following the release of our ICMPD Migration Outlook Silk Routes, South and West Asia, we used the opportunity to deepen our focus on the main issues addressed in a new episode of the ICMPD Migration Outlook Podcast. Mr Naozad Hodiwala, Senior Project Manager, and Ms Maegan Hendow, Research Officer - the authors behind the recent ICMPD report - answered the questions of political journalist Martina Bachler. The podcast is moderated and hosted by Elisabeth Minkow, ICMPD Communications Officer.