Antalya: As the monitoring and steering body of the Budapest Process, the annual Senior Officials Meeting reported on the activities in 2016, including the meetings of the Silk Routes Working Group and the Silk Routes Partnership Project and presented a five-year proposal for the 2017 - 2021 cooperation framework.

Istanbul: A first preparatory meeting brought together over seventy-five senior officials from 36 countries and 7 international and regional organisations to discuss the Call for Action on large movements of refugees and migrants which is to be adopted at a Ministerial Conference in October 2018.

Ankara: Over thirty senior officials from representatives of the Silk Routes countries and the donor countries of the Budapest Process/Silk Routes Partnership for Migration as well as the European Commission met these days in Ankara, upon the invitation of Turkey as a Chair of the Budapest Process.

Erbil: Today, the Silk Routes Partnership project team handed over the certificates to 22 trainers marking the successful completion of a ten day Training of Trainers (ToT) course on migration. The trainees came from the Ministry of Migration and Displacement and the Ministry of Interior of the Federal Government of Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).

Istanbul: Fifteen employees, including three women, from different departments of the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan successfully completed a ten day Training of Trainers (ToT) course on migration in the framework of the Silk Routes Partnership project.

Tehran: The 8th Silk Routes Region Working Group Meeting and the final regional training of the Silk Routes Partnership Project provided the first opportunity for countries of origin, transit and destination along the Silk Routes to meet in the light of the 2015 events. The meetings were hosted by the Islamic Republic of Iran at the premises of the Institute for Political and International Studies.

Islamabad / Lahore: In collaboration with ILO, the Silk Routes Partnership project established - as one main pilot initiative - two Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) in Islamabad and Lahore. The centres provide information and capacity building to potential migrants in Pakistan on rights, legal practices, jobs and protection possibilities abroad as well as on the dangers and consequences of irregular migration.

Vienna: In the field of migration policy “migration dialogues” are an important cooperation tool. They help states to maintain open channels of communication between each other, from expert to ministerial level. Countries along the Silk Routes connect through the Budapest Process.

Vienna: Check out the new Budapest Process Newsletter. It is a joint newsletter of the Budapest Process Secretariat and the flagship project “Support to the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration under the Budapest Process”.


Iraq, 19-22 September 2015: This second four-day training session held on 19–22 September within the Silk Routes Partnership Project, continues to lay important ground work for developing a comprehensive migration policy and data management framework in Iraq. Iraqi authorities worked jointly on identifying priorities in the field of migration management and missing policy tools with view to the current migration movements within the country and the existing legal framework.

Islamabad, 14-18 September 2015: Islamabad, 14-18 September 2015: The capacity of Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to train new investigators and operational staff in anti-trafficking in human beings and border management processes was enhanced during a five day workshop held from 14 - 18 September in Islamabad.

The FIA is the law enforcement authority in Pakistan responsible for investigating and preventing human trafficking and migrant smuggling, as well as other immigration and organised crime issues.