Baghdad, 4-5 October 2022. The Embassy of Denmark in Baghdad, Iraq together with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) conducted the first National Steering Committee meeting of the project “Danish support to Rights Based Border Management in the Silk Routes countries”. This meeting was convened back-to-back with the First national workshop to validate the findings of the needs assessment on risk analysis in border management in Iraq.
Prior to the meeting, in July 2022, an ICMPD assessment mission took place to identify gaps and needs regarding legal, institutional, and organisational frameworks as well as methodology for efficient risk management and for creating constant situational awareness in the field of border management in Iraq.
During the validation workshop, various agencies and entities of the Ministry of Interior of Iraq - as a primary agency responsible for border control - gathered around the table to discuss the role and value of risk analysis at borders, as well as to find suitable solutions for Iraqi law enforcement to develop and roll out a risk analysis model tailored to the needs and requirements of the border management agencies in Iraq. The experts presented a Common Integrated Risk Analysis Model (CIRAM) and needs assessment recommendations, good practices in development of tools and analytical capacities of agencies responsible for border control.
The Danish-funded project is one of the multiple initiatives of ICMPD implemented in Iraq in the area of migration and border management. The main objective of the project implementation in Iraq is to enhance border management in Iraq by strengthening the capacities of border management institutions for planning the border control and reaction to crises based on risk analysis. Apart from risk analysis, the project will also aim to enhance the system of contingency planning and better preparedness of Iraqi authorities in face of potential crisis situations and border-related contingencies.
A significant feature of the project is its rights based approach that will contribute Iraqi border management authorities to reinforce their role as duty bearers to uphold the rights of migrants transiting national borders. As the result of such tailor-made rights based approach it is expected that the capacities of the border management authorities of Iraq to collect information from multiple sources in order to identify and mitigate risks related to irregular migration an human rights violations will be enhanced.
Further information on border management in the Silk Routes region: https://www.icmpd.org/our-work/projects/integrated-border-management-in-the-silk-routes-countries-ibm-silk-routes
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