The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) held two online consultative sessions on migration reporting in Pakistan in the first week of November 2020. The sessions are part of an ICMPD project initiative “Raising awareness on migration in Pakistan” (MARIP II), funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Baghdad, Iraq: The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in Iraq has approved and endorsed the “Guide for the Regulation of Foreign Workers in the Republic of Iraq within Existing Labour Legislation”. The Guide was developed by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development and MOLSA to expand the labour migration rules and regulations in Iraq.

On 3-5 November, ICMPD held a high-level workshop with the Tajik Ministry of Labour and agreed on the concrete steps towards the establishment of a Migrant Resource Centre in the country. The Deputy Minister of Labour, Ms. Shakhnoza Nodiri, and the European Delegation attended, along with the representatives of all key structural departments of the Ministry and the Migration service. During these three days, the parties discussed the needs, the work plan as well as the strategy to open and operate the MRC.

On 3-4 November, the Budapest Process held a virtual thematic meeting on Labour Migration. The meeting was attended by over 60 participants including experts in the field as well as country representatives and international organisations. Briefing papers supported the delegates in the sessions.

When COVID-19 brought the world to a halt, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) stepped in to ensure that training of frontline officers continued online. These sessions ensured that 60 female law enforcement officers from Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency were trained on areas of Irregular Migration, Human Trafficking, the Smuggling of Human Beings and Integrated Border Management.

Ahead of the Budapest Process Thematic Meeting on Labour Migration on 3-4 November, we are delighted to publish our Briefing Paper "Some trends and aspects of the Gig Economy in Budapest Process countries" by Glen Hodgson

 

Ahead of the Budapest Process Thematic Meeting on Labour Migration on 3-4 November, we are delighted to publish our Briefing Paper "On the way to skills partnerships" by Bernhard Perchinig.

Kabul, Afghanistan: ICMPD has completed a successful mission to Afghanistan where fruitful meetings were held with His Excellency First Vice President Amrullah Saleh as well as the Ministers and Deputy-Ministers responsible for Foreign Affairs, Labour & Social Affairs, Refugees & Repatriation, and Peace. Moreover, ICMPD met with the Afghan Border Police, the EU Delegation in Kabul, the Aga Khan Development Network as well as the Danish, Dutch and German representations to Afghanistan.

Baghdad, Iraq: On 14 October 2020, ICMPD welcomed high-level participants from the Iraq Border Ports Commission Council, the European Union Advisory Mission to Iraq and the European Union Delegation to Iraq to discuss drafting of a National Integrated Border Management (IBM) Strategy and Action Plan for Iraq.

The meeting presented the core elements and principles of the EU IBM concept as a source of inspiration for the development of strategic border management governance, as well as the available support that ICMPD could offer to the Iraqi government to support the drafting of a strategy and action plan.

Islamabad: When Covid-19 brought the world to a halt, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) stepped in to ensure that training of frontline officers continued online. These sessions ensured that 60 female law enforcement officers from Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency were trained on areas of Irregular Migration, Human Trafficking, the Smuggling of Human Beings and Border Management. A video of their feedback on the training - and comments from senior FIA Academy management - is coming soon.

It has been a busy year for us so far, and with the final quarter of 2020 underway it is a perfect opportunity to take stock. In spite of the global COVID-19 pandemic we have been able to adapt in order to hold webinars, online events and trainings. We have also launched a new website, three new social media channels and reached over 10 million people via Facebook.