Vienna, Austria: The Vienna Migration Conference continues and yesterday Sedef Dearing was leading a session on who is talking with migrants in the Silk Routes region.

As a follow up to the Budapest Process Webinar on Migration Narratives which was held on 30 September, we are delighted to publish our post-Webinar Debrief Paper "Attitudes to Migration" by Dr. James Dennison.

25+ representatives from 10 countries and regional organisations as well as the European Commission gathered virtually to discuss border management cooperation in the Western Balkans. Initiated by North Macedonia as Chair of the South East European Region Working Group (SEE WG), this group discussion was opened to selected European states to foster cooperation beyond the Western Balkans region.

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 "On the way to skills partnerships" by Bernhard Perchinig.

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