Vienna, Austria: We are looking for a Pool of Experts for the Budapest Process Secretariat and Silk Routes Regional Coordination Office. This call is open until 31st December 2021.

Please visit the ICMPD website for more information:

Baghdad, Iraq: From the 11-14 July 2021, ICMPD hosted a training workshop on Combatting Cross-Border Crime in Iraq. The workshop took place over 4 days and brought together participants from the Civil Aviation Authority, General Customs Commission, Ministry of Interior, Border Ports Commission and the Iraqi National Intelligence Service to discuss a range of cross-border related topics.

Baghdad, Iraq: Our Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) visited the Al-Waleed Vocational Training Centre to conduct awareness sessions on regular migration and the risks associated with irregular migration. In addition to introducing the services of the Migrant Resource Centre, representatives answered questions from students and provided neutral facts on migration.

Lahore, Pakistan: Our Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) in Pakistan launched their first youth volunteer drive and the first training sessions have been successfully completed. This activity prepared students to raise awareness to other young people, and in their communities, about the risks associated with irregular migration and the benefits of legal migration.

Islamabad, Pakistan: Our Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) organised an orientation session on "Safe and Informed Migration" at the Askari Institute of Technology, Rawat on 26 June 2021. The session was attended by more than 50 participants who were specialised in a number of different trades.

Islamabad, Pakistan: We are delighted to announce the publication of our Pakistan Needs Assessment Study. This focuses particularly on the information needs of would-be migrants in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Together these regions account for 80% of all Pakistani migrants.

Islamabad and Lahore, Pakistan: Here is an overview of our awareness raising and outreach activities in Pakistan. These were carried out in May 2021. Please have a look at the attached infographics which include all the relevant facts and figures.


Dushanbe, Tajikistan: Our Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Tajikistan together with the Migration Service co-organised a seminar on 25th June devoted to the organised recruitment of labour migrants through Private Employment Agencies (PEAs). The activity was supported by the EU funded project “Improving Migration Management in the Silk Routes Countries”.

Cumilla, Bangladesh: Mr. Debabrata Ghosh, Assistant Director of the District Employment and Manpower Office (DEMO), Cumilla was awarded the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) and National Integrity Strategy (NIS) Award for the fiscal year 2020-21. This is the first time BMET (Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training) has presented such an award for field level institutions.

by Isabelle Wolfsgruber, Project Manager (Silk Routes Region)

“I’m thinking about going to Belarus and then cross over to Germany.”

“How can we claim asylum in Tajikistan?”

“Can I get visa if I invest in Europe?”

The Counsellors at the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Kabul, operated jointly by ICMPD and the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation funded by the European Union, have seen a significant rise in migration related inquiries since the beginning of 2021. Currently, the MRC team counsel about 1,000 Afghans on a monthly basis, in-person, by phone and over message services.

Islamabad and Lahore, Pakistan: Our Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) in Pakistan launched their first youth volunteer drive in April 2021 through the MRC social media platforms offering an opportunity for the youth of Pakistan to connect with the MRCs and support in raising awareness on safe and orderly migration by reaching out to communities and young people.

Baghdad, Iraq: Migration management remains a key priority for the Government of Iraq, as the administration struggles with complex issues related to the prevention of irregular migration, migrant smuggling and human trafficking. The government is also addressing the need to achieve sustainable reintegration of those returning to their communities in Iraq, as well as maximising the development potential of migration including through a better, streamlined engagement with Iraqis abroad.

Dushanbe, Tajikistan: We have released a video which describes the work of the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Tajikistan and highlights how it is a source of information, help and advice for people considering migrating as well as those who have begun their journey. This is featured on our channels as well as on the website of the Tajik Ministry of Labour.