Islamabad/ Lahore: Are you wondering what our Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) is active with in Pakistan? This infographic gives you a snapshot of our outreach activities, the channels we are using, the topics of interest to MRC users and our awareness-raising actions.

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Baghdad: The EU-funded Integrated Border Management in the Silk Routes (IBM Silk Routes) project has provided Iraq’s border agencies with personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to help combat the spread of coronavirus. The delivery comes shortly after the Federal Government of Iraq formally decided, on 23 July, to re-open border crossings for commercial traffic. While non-commercial transit of the borders remains limited, the decision will encourage an increase in cross-border trade and business.

Vienna: The Budapest Process hosted its second virtual meeting after the major restrictions on mobility in light of the declared COVID-19 pandemic. 10 countries as well as the European Commission, FRONTEX, ICMPD and UNODC were invited to discuss what have been the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on irregular migration, border management, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in human beings.

Islamabad: ICMPD is delivering a digital training programme to officers of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of Pakistan that will support the FIA’s Training Academy maintain its operational training in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic to combat trafficking in human beings, prevent irregular migration and efficiently manage Pakistan’s national borders.

Vienna: After two months of major restrictions on mobility in light of the declared Covid19 pandemic the Budapest Process hosted its first virtual meeting with selected countries. Representatives of 14 countries as well as the European Commission, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) discussed the immediate impacts of Covid19 on labour migration, and how to address them.

Budapest: The implementation of the Call for Action endorsed in December 2019 kicked off in 2020 with the first dialogue activity addressing Priority Goal 1 of the Call for Action. The Call for Action, which was adopted at the 6th Ministerial Conference of the Budapest Process provides the direction of activities for the next 5 years in six priority areas related to migration including Priority Goal 1 related to countering irregular migration. Experts on return and reintegration gathered for two days  in Budapest, hosted by the Co-Chair of the dialogue, Hungary. The meeting included a panel discussion amongst representatives from Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Pakistan, ERRIN, FRONTEX and the Bali Process. Break-out group discussions followed in three sessions focusing on structural constraints to return and reintegration.

Istanbul: As part of the ongoing activity to expand the labour migration rules and regulations of Iraq, ICMPD and Iraq’s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA) conducted a training for 19 MOLSA officials and three representatives from the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) based in Baghdad. The participating MOLSA officials came from different departments in charge of skills and vocational training, international relations, labour inspection, planning, information management and licensing.

Istanbul: Seventeen officials from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met for three days with experts from ICMPD in Istanbul, Turkey, to discuss and learn about labour migration management. A representative from the Migrant Resource Centre MRC in Kabul also participated in the training.

Istanbul: Good migration reporting requires migration knowledge. To help ensure such migration coverage in Iraq and Pakistan, ICMPD organised a “Media & Migration workshop” from 13-16 December 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. After a competitive selection process with over 120 applications in total, fifteen journalists from Pakistan and ten journalists from Iraq had been selected to attend the three-day workshop.