Islamabad, 8-9 June 2015: Irregular migration has been a priority topic for the participating countries of the Budapest Process since the adoption of the Istanbul Ministerial Declaration on the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration in April 2013. 

The 6th Silk Routes Working Group meeting, hosted by Pakistan from 8 - 9 June 2015 in Islamabad, dedicated two days to discuss best practices, exchange information and debate how to effectively prevent and counteract criminal networks accountable for irregular migration as well as on how to facilitate the return of irregular migrants.

Sofia, 17-18 March 2015: In many countries today, migration management is affected by different types of crisis - be it economic, environmental or security related. Seeing the urgent need of countries to exchange experiences and good practices on this topic, especially in the Black Sea and Silk Routes countries, the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior, as the Chair of the Working Group on the Black Sea region, organised this Working Group meeting in cooperation with Turkey, Hungary, ICMPD, and the Hanns Seidel Foundation on 17-18 March 2015.

During a three day study visit to Georgia, government officials from Afghanistan and Iraq visited over 11 government and non-governmental institutions involved in Georgia’s migration management apparatus. Organised by the Secretariat of the State Commission for Migration Issues (SCMI), the Silk Routes partners had the chance to draw ideas from Georgia’s development in the area of inter-agency cooperation, led by the SCMI, development of legislation, policy and action plans, management of IDPs, refugees, returnees and victims of trafficking and international cooperation, especially regarding the process of visa liberalisation with the European Union.

Kabul, 14-17 March 2014: During a four day workshop held on 14-17 March 2014 in Kabul, ICMPD as implementing partner of the project “Support to the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration under the Budapest Process”, supported representatives of seven government institutions in strengthening national migration policy and data management systems through an inter-agency approach.

Islamabad, 24-27 February 2015: Continuing the ongoing support to the Government of Pakistan under the project “Support to the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration under the Budapest Process” through regional and national activities, these national trainings held in Islamabad on 24 - 27 February 2015 focused on technical and applicable practices. Policy and operational level experts as well as project focal points from the Government of Pakistan, especially the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and their concerned departments were invited.

Starting with the first Regional Training on Migration Policy Development and Migration Data Management held in Turkey in the beginning of September 2014, a sequence of workshops, trainings and meetings within the framework of the project Support to the Silk Routes Partnership were carried out in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Turkey throughout the second half of 2014.

As earlier announced, the 5th Meeting of the Budapest Process Working Group on the Silk Routes Region will be held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 11 - 12 November 2014. The meeting will deal with the first priority area of the Silk Routes Partnership Ministerial Declaration namely Migration and Mobility, more specifically labour migration and protection of migrant workers.

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Antalya, 1-3 September 2014: The first regional training in the framework of the project “Support to the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration under the Budapest Process” aimed at strengthening national frameworks and processes for migration policy development as well the inter-agency approach in generating, analysing and managing migration data. The meeting took place on 1-3 September 2014 in Antalya, Turkey and gathered 21 senior officials from Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Iran as an observer country.

The 4th meeting of the Budapest Process Working Group on the Black Sea Region has been postponed. Originally planned to take place in Sofia, Bulgaria on 11 – 12 September 2014, the meeting has been postponed to allow for early parliamentary elections in Bulgaria in early October. The meeting will be re-scheduled for early 2015.

On a related note, activities to strengthen cooperation and technical capacity across the Silk Routes region are due to recommence in earnest in September 2014. Following the project inception phase, activities under the Silk Routes Partnership Project will begin with the 1st Regional Training on Migration Policy and Data Management, in Antalya, Turkey on 1 – 3 September.  The training plans to bring together representatives from across the Silk Routes region with EU experts on data management and migration policy with the objective of strengthening national frameworks and processes for migration policy development as well the inter-agency approach in generating, analysing and managing migration data. 

Budapest, 2-3 June 2014: Hungary, as the lead partner of the project ‛Support to the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration under the Budapest Process’, hosted the kick-off conference for the project from 2 to 3 June at the Ministry of Interior in Budapest. The three-year flagship project under the Budapest Process umbrella is funded by the European Union, co-funded by Bulgaria, Hungary, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey, and implemented by ICMPD.

With the adoption of the Istanbul Ministerial Declaration, the UK funded project Bridging Measures for Migration Management in the Silk Routes Region initiated the first steps towards its concrete implementation. Following a set of visits to all three countries to further concretise priorities and needs in the area of migration, the first pilot activities were implemented for Afghanistan (December 2013), Pakistan (January 2014) and Iraq (February 2014).

Migration Country Reports for Afghanistan and Pakistan are now available online from the Budapest Process website and i-Map Interactive Map on Migration. The Country Reports were prepared within the project "Fostering Cooperation in the Area of Migration with and in the Silk Routes Region”, implemented under the umbrella of the Budapest Process between September 2011 and November 2013. The reports aim at establishing a comprehensive knowledge base on the migration realities in Afghanistan and Pakistan to aid stakeholders understand the complex phenomenon of migration in these contexts, and its links to other policy areas at a national, regional and international level.

The implementation of the Silk Routes Partnership has been the main focus of the Budapest Process in the second half of 2013. In this context, the UK initiated the first follow up project (Bridging Measures) and organised a donor coordination meeting in July where key partners came together to discuss future cooperation frameworks in the Silk Routes Region.