Dhaka: Three days of training for media personnel working at the national and local levels on migration are ongoing. The second online training is jointly organized by the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). Dr. Ahmed Munirus Saleheen, the Honourable Secretary in charge of the Ministry, inaugurated the training.

Peshawar: ICMPD organised a training on document security for the 20 front-line officers of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan working at Bacha Khan International Airport, Peshawar. The fraudulent use of identity and travel documents represents a threat to the security of countries and their citizens, the economy, and global commerce, as it facilitates a wide range of cross border crimes and terrorism. Funded by the European Union, the training was organised to strengthen the capacity of the participating officers to detect forged documents, profile individuals and take a decision during the first line document check for further investigation.

Dhaka: Today, the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) kicked off a series of formal capacity building initiatives to 10 Technical Training Centres (TTCs) in Bangladesh located in districts without District Employment and Manpower Offices.

The first set of training sessions are focused on strengthening the capacities of TTCs to promote awareness on safe, regular and orderly migration. There are 32 participants taking part from the 10 districts. This will be followed by individual mentoring for each TTC and a second formal training session on 11-12th November.

While Europe is holding its breath in anticipation of another COVID-19 related lockdown, with people still adapting to closed borders and movement restrictions, the people of Afghanistan are all too familiar with this situation. For Afghans, the pandemic is merely one additional threat to health and life to cope with. Taking a holistic approach, this article will look at how COVID-19 might affect the migration patterns of Afghans, and which new threats and opportunities will develop.

By Marija Raus

Vienna: To bridge the gap between theory and practice, it is vital that key concepts related to migration are understood. With this in mind, we have prepared a series of three videos which explain some key migration topics: Irregular migration, the Smuggling of migrants and Human trafficking, which were used in recent law enforcement trainings.

The Budapest Process network was invited to join a webinar on 30th September focused on migration narratives and how they shape public perceptions and attitudes toward migration.

Dhaka: On October 1 2020, ICMPD organised a session on Integrated Border Management (IBM) Awareness for the Bangladesh Customs, National Board of Revenue (NBR). The awareness session was attended by Deputy and Assistant Commissioners from 12 Customs Houses and Commissionerates across Bangladesh, as well as by officials from training, investigation and intelligence directorates based in the Custom’s Headquarters in Dhaka. Deputy and Assistant Commissioners are responsible at their respective posts for the monitoring of VAT collection, enforcing anti-smuggling activities, examination of imported goods, and management of international passenger movements.

Dushanbe: Today ICMPD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment of the Republic of Tajikistan. This Memorandum represents the starting point of a new chapter in bilateral cooperation and marks the establishment of a Migrant Resource Centre in Dushanbe.

ICMPD Director General Michael Spindelegger highlighted that “this MoU marks an important step in strengthening our relations with Tajikistan. From this moment onwards, both parties have agreed to engage in a partnership which will build - and manage - regular, orderly and safe migration”. 

Islamabad: ICMPD organised training on document security for the 20 front-line officers of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan working at Islamabad International Airport. The fraudulent use of identity and travel documents represents a threat to the security of countries and their citizens, the economy, and global commerce, as it facilitates a wide range of cross border crimes and terrorism. Funded by the European Union, the training was organised to strengthen the capacity of the participating officers to detect forged documents, profile counterparts and take a decision during the 1st line document check for further investigation.

Vienna: The EU-funded Integrated Border Management in the Silk Routes (IBM Silk Routes) project seeks to promote prosperity and enhance security through supporting better intra-service, inter-agency and international cooperation on border management in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan. 21 months into the project we take stock of the impact we have had, how border management has changed in the region during this period and assess what is coming next.

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