Vienna, Austria: We are delighted to announce the launch of the latest Budapest Process Briefing Paper. This looks specifically into Labour Migration Visa Regimes. This paper - written by Andrea Salvini and Georg Bolits – provides information on what determines labour migration visa regimes, namely their scope, definition and classification. Taking a case study approach, it analyses the policy options and ways forward in the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Kabul, Afghanistan: An overview of our awareness raising and outreach activities in Afghanistan over the last three months can be found in the attached infographic.

Read more on our Afghanistan Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mrcafghanistan/

Islamabad, Pakistan: Together with our partner the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) we held a workshop on climate induced migration for journalists in Pakistan.

The topics discussed included the difficult situations faced by women, particularly during disasters. Vulnerable communities are placed under more strain and exposed to more risks when they are forced to migrate due to climate-induced reasons. Education was highlighted as an important area that needs to be focused on . Through learning new skills and better education will women be able to improve their socio-economic condition.

Cumilla, Bangladesh: On 16th February 2021 our Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) organized an orientation workshop on safe immigration at Sarail Sadar Union Parishad of Sarail Upazila, Comilla Brakshmanbaria district.

Baghdad, Iraq: Our Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) team in Iraq conducted a field visit to Ashur College, Baghdad to introduce the students to the work of the Centre and held an awareness session.

Baghdad, Iraq: On the 31 January, ICMPD delivered ten Thermal Cameras to the Border Points Commission (BPC) in Iraq. The cameras were provided in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will assist border officials in their ability to detect travellers potentially infected with the virus at nine border crossing points in Iraq.

· Did you just arrive in another country for work or residency or study? Or are you about to leave for work abroad?

· Do you want to know more about the laws, culture, language and norms of the new country where you are working or living?

· Are you aware of your rights, duties and responsibilities as a migrant or migrant worker?

· How can you adjust to your new working or living conditions?

· Who are the government agencies, NGOs or migrant groups which could assist or support you? What are existing emergency or helpline numbers?

· How can you properly use your income and remit money to your love ones?

· What are coping mechanisms for you in case of problems or emergencies?

We have FREE online post-arrival orientation sessions (PAOS) for you. You are encouraged to enrol through https://www.icmpdsilkroutesmodules.com/

You can take the online courses at your own place, pace and time.

The courses are available in Dari, Arabic, Urdu and Bengali.

Upon completion of the modules, you will receive a certificate.

Enrol now: all the best in your new place of work. Stay safe!

Vienna, Austria and Baghdad, Iraq: We are delighted to be working with the Iraqi government on a 12 month project to educate and enhance the institutional capacities of key ministries in Iraq on migration governance. This activity will also complement existing work in Iraq on sound migration policy development, and tie in with our diaspora policy and integrated border management activities.

We have launched a new, free pre-departure orientation service (PDOS) for people in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq and Pakistan considering migrating. The online course is available in local languages and can be accessed now. You are encouraged to enrol through https://www.icmpdsilkroutesmodules.com/

You can take the online courses at the place, pace and time of your choosing.

The courses are available in Dari, Urdu and Bengali.

Upon completion of the modules, you will get a certificate.

Enrol now: it is better to be prepared. Have a safe journey!

Islamabad, Pakistan: From the 18-29 January 2021, ICMPD hosted two Advanced Document Security Training workshops for the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of Pakistan in Islamabad. The training workshops were held for 19 FIA Officers stationed at airports in Islamabad, Peshawar, Karachi and Lahore across consecutive weeks and aimed to expand upon the knowledge participants had acquired at previously attended training workshops.

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new, free pre-employment orientation service for people in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq and Pakistan considering migrating. The online course is available in local languages and can be accessed now.