Lakshmipur, Bangladesh: As of 6th June, migrant workers are able to register at the Technical Training Centre (TTC) in Lakshmipur. The registration process - which includes taking the fingerprint of the departing migrant workers - is a pre-requisite for the issuance of SMART cards and the formal departure of migrants for employment in other countries.

Islamabad, Pakistan: The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), in collaboration with Ethical Journalism Network (ENJ), is holding a virtual training course on “Raising Awareness on Migration through Media Reporting.”  Seven leading media houses from Pakistan nominated 19 senior journalists, media personals and freelancers for the three week course which is taking place between 1st and 24th June. 

Baghdad, Iraq: On 7th and 8th June ICMPD has organised a National Workshop on “Mapping of statistical data collection and sharing on human trafficking, migrant smuggling and irregular migration in Iraq” in Baghdad. The event brought together over twenty representatives of various Directorates of the Interior Ministry of Iraq, including the Border Guard Command, Anti-Trafficking, Residency, Arab and International Cooperation, Training as well as Planning Directorates.

Basra, Iraq: Two new post-arrival orientation sessions (PAOS) for migrant workers were conducted in Basra and Missan through the Daewoo Company and PetroChina Company, respectively, as well as the relevant recruitment agencies. Around 110 migrant workers have participated from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and other Asian and African countries as well as local (Iraqi) workers.

Vienna, Austria: The overall objective of this project is to create the conditions for the reintegration of Afghan and Iraqi returnees - individuals as well as families - back into their communities on their return. More specifically, actions will aim at strengthening the capacities of the Ministry of Repatriation and Refugees (MoRR) in Afghanistan and the Ministry of Migration and Displaced (MoMD) in Iraq. Activities will also focus on increasing the capabilities of local and community based organisations to provide reintegration support to returnees to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Dushanbe, Tajikistan: Our Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) has handed over 10 000 information brochures to the Migration Service of the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment of Population of the Republic of Tajikistan. These information brochures were developed upon the request of the Ministry in the framework of the ongoing information campaign to inform Tajik labour migrants to register in the Russian Federation and regularise their status before 15th June.

Vienna, Austria: On 5th May we held a Budapest Process Webinar on Migration as a Response to Environmental Change: Examples from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. This is a crucial topic since environmental changes (disaster, climate and other environmental events) do not only affect our surroundings, they can become a driver of populations on the move. Traditional definitions of push and pull factors for migration need to be revised as a result.

Vienna, Austria: Have you seen our video on Safeguarding Measures at Border Crossing Points? The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an unprecedented chain reaction of restrictions to border crossings across the globe. Border agencies must be prepared for this kind of emergency and anticipate how related risks can be reasonably contained at borders.

Dushanbe, Tajikistan: On 28-29th April the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Tajikistan held its first National Workshop to discuss the drafts of two learning modules for labour migrants. These covered the pre-employment orientation session module (PEOS) and pre-departure orientation session (PDOS) and were attended by representatives of the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment of Population of the Republic of Tajikistan. The meeting gathered participants from the Ministry of Labour, the Agency for Employment Abroad, Pre-Departure Information Centre for Labour Migrants, Migration Service, the Centre for Training and Monitoring of the Quality of Education and the Centre of Training and Adult Education.

Dhaka and Cumilla, Bangladesh: Training sessions on Professional Counselling and Psychological First Aid (PFA) has been held by our Migrant Resource Centres (MRC) in Bangladesh. Participants from Technical Training Centres (TTC), District Employment and Manpower Offices (DEMO) participated in these trainings.

The MRCs are funded by the European Union under the project “Improving Migration Management in the Silk Routes Countries” (2017 – 2021).