Dushanbe, Tajikistan: ICMPD participated in a Mercy Corps and Helvetas event - within the framework of the EU-funded project “Improving migration management in the Silk Routes” - where practical tools developed to support Tajik labour migrants and their families were presented. These included:

Baghdad, Iraq/ Beirut, Lebanon: On the 22 March – 1 April 2021, cooperation between the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and Iraq Border Management authorities was facilitated by ICMPD through a joint initiative to develop the operational and training expertise on document security and identity. The cooperation also promoted the role of local actors in developing intra-regional solutions to capacity development in the area of border management.

Kabul, Afghanistan: Here is an overview of our awareness raising and outreach activities in Afghanistan. Our work for February 2021 is covered in the attached infographic.

Kabul, Afghanistan: On the 29th March – 1st April 2021, ICMPD hosted a basic level training workshop on Document Security. The workshop was attended by 27 frontline officers from the Afghan Border Police (ABP), Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Afghan National Police Department (ANPA). The workshop was conducted by a selection of trainers with international experience.

Islamabad, Pakistan: Our Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) team in Pakistan and the Punjab Vocational Training Council jointly conducted orientation sessions on Safe and Informed Migration at the Kasur City and Noorpur Dogran Vocational Training Institutes.

Kabul, Afghanistan: Samim Ahmadi, our Country Coordinator for Afghanistan, participated in the webinar for Civil Society Organisations in Afghanistan to discuss the findings of the recently released national report: "Climate Change drives migration in conflict-ridden Afghanistan". The event was organised by the Tadbeer Consulting and Research Organisation, Climate Action Network South Asia and ActionAid.

Dhaka, Bangladesh: On 23rd March Ikram Hossain, our Country Coordinator for Bangladesh, participated in the seminar on Climate Change-Induced Migration in Bangladesh: Taking a Human Rights-Based Approach organised by Action Aid Bangladesh. This seminar was organised in the framework of the project “South Asia Migration and Climate (SAMAC)”, funded by the European Union through the Silk Routes Facility Call for Proposals.

Khulna, Bangladesh: Action Aid Bangladesh in the framework of the project “South Asia Migration and Climate (SAMAC)” - funded by the European Union through the Silk Routes Facility Call for Proposals - organised a national level seminar in Khulna on the 20th March 2021 on climate change induced migration in Bangladesh.

Vienna, Austria: On 24th March the Budapest Process held a webinar on Understanding and Explaining Attitudes to Migration in the Silk Routes as part of its implementation of the adopted Call for Action. Dr James Dennison presented the report “Understanding and explaining attitudes to migration in the Silk Routes and South Asian countries: the state of the art and recommendations for next steps”.

Cumilla, Bangladesh: To celebrate the birth centenary of the Father of The Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the District Employment and Manpower Office and the Migrant Resource Centre in Cumilla organised a forum with around 200 prospective migrants to discuss the legacy of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. 

Islamabad, Pakistan: Our Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) and the Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) jointly organised the first virtual “Parliamentary Roundtable on Migration from Pakistan” on 19th March 2021. The event brought together 12 participants from the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (MOPHRD), Parliamentary members from the standing committee of the Senate of Pakistan and the National Assembly, civil society and subject experts.  

The discussion brought forward several recommendations – including that parliamentarians should collaborate with the MRC to raise awareness on migration in their home communities.  As public figures and ambassadors of their communities, their voices are well received and acknowledged. This workshop also aimed at providing capacity building to parliamentarians in the field of migration. This was the first in a series of workshops, each aimed at different target groups and topics.

Kabul, Afghanistan: ICMPD convened a National Workshop on “Mapping of statistics and data exchange on human trafficking, migrant smuggling and irregular migration in Afghanistan” co-chaired by the Secretariat of the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Technical Committee of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The workshop kicked-off the development process of national inter-agency guidelines in improving data exchange on irregular migration, human trafficking and migrant smuggling.