Pilot Project 1

The main objective of the Pilot Project on Illegal Migration implemented within the framework of the PP TI was to strengthen the capacity of countries participating in the Prague Process in the field of combating illegal immigration through the transfer of knowledge on the process of concluding of readmission agreements as well as through sharing of experience in organising returns of migrants.

The Project offered unique opportunity to the participating countries to exchange information and share experience within the framework of a series of workshops and a study visit to the EU country. Three thematic workshops and a concluding meeting took place in the course of the Project implementation.

The implementation of the Project enabled the participants to gather the knowledge sufficient to prepare a handbook on best practices in concluding of readmission agreements and Prague Process guidelines on concluding readmission agreements and organising migrants’ returns.

The Prague Process Handbook and Guidelines on Concluding Readmission Agreements and Organising Returns provides a collection of good practices of the states participating in the Project in concluding of readmission agreements and their implementing protocols and includes guidelines to be used by the Prague Process participating states in their readmission negotiations. The document also provides recommendations based on both positive and negative experience of the states participating in the Project in the covered area.

Implementation period: August 2012 – July 2014.

Leading & Participating States

Leading States: Poland, Romania and Slovakia

Participating States: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Denmark, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo (UNSCR 1244/1999), Liechtenstein, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine. Moreover, the Project is being supported by experts from Frontex and IOM.

Contacts

In order to learn more about this Pilot Project, please contact the Project Team.

Events

  • Kick-off Workshop, Lvov, 8-9 November 2012
  • 1st Workshop of PP1, Warsaw, 11-12 March 2013
  • PP1 Study visit, Warsaw, 24–27 June 2013
  • PP1 2nd workshop, Bratislava, 24-25 September 2013
  • PP1 3rd Thematic Workshop, Bucharest, 4-5 March 2014
  • Expert mission to Georgia, 16-18 June 2014
  • PP1 Concluding Workshop, Warsaw, 8-9 July 2014

Pilot Project 5

The topic of the Pilot Project 5 corresponds to the specific action 2, point c), and action 3 of Chapter I – Preventing and fighting illegal migration of the Prague Process Action Plan 2012–2016. Prague Process participating states indicated their interest in promotion of co-operation of migration-related agencies and states authorities on the sphere of exchange of best practices on establishing identity and/or nationality of irregular migrants in their answers to the questionnaire that was prepared as part of preparations towards the Prague Process Senior Officials Meeting in Berlin on 28–29 October 2014.

The issue of establishing identity and/or nationality of irregular migrants was also raised in the course of implementation of Pilot Project 1 on Illegal Migration which was focused on readmission and returns (August 2012 – July 2014). The states which participated in the Pilot Project 1 underlined the importance of effective cooperation on identification with partner countries for smooth organization of returns and successful execution of readmission agreements. At the same time, participants of Pilot Project 1 highlighted the need to properly address this issue in order to improve the standards of cooperation and communication between partners.

The aim of the Pilot Project 5 is to strengthen the capacity of participating states in the sphere of establishing identity and/or nationality of irregular migrants through the exchange of best practices in this sphere. Pilot Project 5 aims to promote cooperation in the afore-mentioned area between the Prague Process states. It is focused on the transfer of knowledge and best practices between peers and building of expertise in view of producing multiplier effects.

The implementation Pilot Project 5 follows the standards of Pilot Projects implemented within the framework of the Prague Process Targeted Initiative in 2012–2014, and especially of the Pilot Project 1.

Implementation period: November 2014 – April 2016

Leading & Participating States

Leading States: Poland with support of Romania

Participating States: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Gorgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine

Meetings

  • PP5 First Thematic Workshop, Warsaw, 26-27 January 2015
  • PP5 Second Thematic Workshop, Tbilisi, 9-10 June 2015
  • PP5 Third Thematic Workshop, Warsaw, 17 November 2015
  • PP5 Concluding Workshop, Bucharest, 24-25 February 2016

Contacts

In order to learn more about this Pilot Project, please contact the Project Officer, Mr Piotr Sadowski.