The third phase of the Budapest Process, officially adopted during the Senior Officials meeting held on 3 November 2010 in Istanbul, marked the geographic refocus of the Budapest Process to include participating and observer states from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Iran, Iraq and Pakistan (the Silk Routes region.) Three projects have supported this geographic and strategic expansion, leading up to the adoption of the Istanbul Ministerial Declaration and implementation of activities in support of its priorities:

    “Support to the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration under the Budapest Process”, 2014 - 2017 (Silk Routes Partnership Project)


     The Silk Routes Partnership Project is funded by the European Commission and co-funded by Bulgaria, Hungary (lead partner), Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and united Kingdom. The project, starting from February 2014, will build upon previous initiatives by taking a comprehensive approach to strengthening the migration management capacities of Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Following the approach set out in the Istanbul Ministerial Declaration, activities will be targeted to develop sustainable training and data management systems, policy development expertise, and tangible frameworks supporting regional and international dialogues.

             Read more about the Silk Routes Partnership project here.

“Bridging Measures for Migration Management in the Silk Routes Region”, 2013 – 2014 (Silk Routes Bridging Measures)


     With the adoption of the Istanbul Ministerial Declaration, the UK-funded Bridging Measures project initiated the first steps towards it’s the 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 in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. The training for Afghanistan and Iraq focused on covering a broad area of migration expertise. The training design for Pakistan was specialised on topics of irregular migration, human trafficking and migrants smuggling. The conclusions drawn from these activities fed substantially into the design of the more comprehensive Silk Routes Partnership project. Furthermore, the final regional meeting in Dubai in March 2014 allowed participants to reflect on lesson learnt so far, and prepare for the implementation of the larger EU funded action.


       Read more about the Bridging Measures project here.


"Fostering cooperation in the Area of Migration with and in the Silk Routes", 2011 - 2013 (Silk Routes I):


The Silk Routes project, funded by the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey, contributed significantly to improving the cooperation framework in the area of migration between the Silk Routes and the remaining Budapest Process countries. Using a series of assessment visits and informal consultation meetings with view to identify the priorities and needs of both the donor and the Silk Routes countries, a set of concrete project proposals was developed to serve as a basis for the operational follow up package following the Istanbul Ministerial Declaration. Furthermore, two migration country reports on Afghanistan and Pakistan were developed in the framework of the project, currently available here.


Read more about the Silk Routes project here.


Further information and outcomes of each project can be found under the specific headings of the Projects section.


Ms. Sedef Dearing 
Senior Regional Adviser - Silk Routes
Budapest Process Secretariat
Tel: +43 1 504 46 77 2358
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