Objective: This project seeks to improve cooperation in the area of migration between the countries of the Budapest Process and the Silk Route countries, in particular with a view to ensure orderly migration, to protect the rights of migrants and to activate the links between migration and development.

Summary: Along the Eastern migration routes towards the European Union, from the Middle East and South Asia, internal and external conflicts, as well as other forms of hardship have caused large flows of migrants and asylum seekers. These flows, whether they are inbound, outbound or internal, represent a serious challenge for the affected societies. Among countries affected by the above-mentioned migration flows, the proposed project puts its focus on Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq and Pakistan (the Silk Routes countries). The migration flows and management of such flows in the above-mentioned countries strongly affect Europe and pose a serious threat to both human and state safety and the efficient implementation of the European migration management instruments.

While several crisis management measures and programmes have been implemented by national authorities and the international community to alleviate immediate crises in the Silk Routes countries, much is still to be done before normal migration management systems are in place allowing for regular, sustainable capacity building measures. This project proposes measures for this bridging period with a view to easing the transition from emergency/humanitarian aid to long-term development operations. The proposed project offers the affected countries a constructive dialogue with their European counterparts and among themselves, to have a comprehensive understanding of the overall migration situation in the region and to make targeted capacity-building measures and cooperation tools available.

Donors: The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey 

Duration: September 2011 - April 2013

Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq and Pakistan (Iran as observer)

Links: http://www.imap-migration.org

Migration Profiles:



3rd Consultation Meeting
5-6 March 2013                                                                                                 Location: Budapest, Hungary                                                                                       Conclusions: en

2nd Consultation Meeting
31 January - 1 February 2013
Location: The Hague, Netherlands
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1st Consultation Meeting
Date: 11 -12 December 2012
Location: Ankara, Turkey
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Ms. Sedef Dearing 
Senior Regional Advisor - Silk Routes
Budapest Process Secretariat
Tel: +43 1 504 46 77 2358
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