Enhancing cooperation among the Prague Process states

Media Digest November 2018

2019-01-20

Albania

EU Cooperation

Common Operations SAVA, DRINO and TUZI
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Court Coaching Project: Improving the Safety and Security in Albanian Courts
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Joint press statement following the tenth meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between Albania and the EU
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Ministers for European Integration meet in Tirana, commit to deeper cooperation
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IOs dealing with Migration

Germany provides €168 mln in Albania development projects
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IMF urges more determined efforts to reduce migration appeal for Albanians
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

Albania's interior minister Xhafaj resigns, to be replaced by Sandër Lleshaj
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Armenia

EU Cooperation

EU-Armenia committee meets for first time under partnership agreement
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IOs dealing with Migration

European migration program on return and reintegration launched in Armenia.
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Migration issues and challenges

“A request from the authorities”: how can a family from the Netherlands be supported in Armenia
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

Police detain foreigner who illegally entered Armenia with false documents
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State migration service of Armenia and ICMPD sign memorandum to repatriate and reintegrate Armenian migrants
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Azerbaijan

IOs dealing with Migration

'Final National Consultations on Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
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Handover Ceremony of training means on document security
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Migration Studies Weekend on Migration and Security
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Seminar on “Combating human trafficking” was held
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The third workshop on evaluation and collecting lessons learnt on document security
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Workshop on Developing an individual plan of integration for refugees
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

Chief of State Migration Service met with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees within the framework of the visit to the Swiss Confederation
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Chief of State Migration Service Vusal Huseynov met with Director General of the International Organization for Migration
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Fourth meeting of the Working group on reintegration held at State Migration Service
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Lecture of Dutch scholar organized at State Migration Service
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Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on
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Service point of the State Migration Service opened at
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State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan launched a new project on “Migration School”
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State Migration Service organized a mobile service in Gakh and Zagatala
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The rights of foreign children in Azerbaijan always in the centre of attention
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Bosnia and Herzegovina

EU Cooperation

Better services for citizens in focus of EU assistance to the BiH judiciary
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EU’s Multi-Million Euro Support for IOM, Partners Help Thousands of Stranded Migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina
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EUD/EUSR in Bosnia and Herzegovina Statement on Recent Elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Central Election Commission Role
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Joint meeting of MARRI networks: Border Management, Asylum, Trafficking in Human Beings and Readmission
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IOs dealing with Migration

UN Security Council: Multinational Stabilization Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Resolution 2443 (2018)
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Other

Bosnia Courts Struggle to Address Rise in People Smuggling
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

Minister Mektić in Budva at a conference on combating extremism
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Ministry of Security held a workshop on creating an Integrated Border Management Strategy for 2019-2021
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Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

EU Cooperation

8 November 2018 – BORDAIRPOL Fifth Annual Meeting: Joint Meeting of MARRI Networks
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Authorities improve international cooperation in criminal matters in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
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MARRI – GIZ Consultative Workshop for on Trafficking in Human Beings held in Skopje
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The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia establishes first Liaison Prosecutor at Eurojust
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Georgia

EU Cooperation

68 Georgians Appointed as Young European Ambassadors
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EU ambassador congratulates Georgian president-elect, evaluates elections
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EU Presidents congratulate Salome Zourabichvili on election as President of Georgia
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European Parliament adopts resolution on Georgia
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PM Bakhtadze visits Brussels to hold a high level meeting aimed at strengthening cooperation between Georgia and EU
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IOs dealing with Migration

Information Campaign of Georgian Government on Visa-Free Travel
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Migrant stories

PM Bakhtadze meets with Georgian diaspora in Brussels
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Mobility

Better Skills for Better Jobs’: Over 30,000 Georgians employed through EU-supported programme
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Other

Georgia receives $137m in remittances in October 2018
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

PM Bakhtadze says visa liberalisation has to be carried out responsibly
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Presentation of Study Report on Circular Migration in EU Was Held
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Winning presidential candidate says she will visit Europe on her first official trip
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Kazakhstan

EU Cooperation

EU and Kazakhstan hold Subcommittee on Justice and Home Affairs and the Human Rights Dialogue
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EU to promote sustainable development in Central Asia with €124 million
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Video address by HRVP Federica Mogherini at the Astana Conference on Empowering Women in Afghanistan
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IOs dealing with Migration

On November 22, 2018, a training session with students on the topic “Actual problems of human rights protection in the field of combating human trafficking” was conducted on the basis of the GKB PA KIBCHR and SZ as part of the USAID Dignity and Rights pro
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Working with the beneficiaries of the IOM project with the financial support of the Embassy of Norway to integrate vulnerable migrants into the host community is coming to an end.
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Migration issues and challenges

October 11, 2018, Regional Specialized Boarding School for Children with Disabilities in Development No. 2 training with girls
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NGOs dealing with Migration

Other

Donor's Coordination meeting was held on November 15, 2018 in Astana with close collaboration with OSCE office in Astana, EU CADAP programme and INL US Embassy in Kazakhstan
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Foreign Ministers of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan agreed to strengthen strategic partnership
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President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev ratified border treaties with Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan
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Research institutes

Political analyst Irina Chernykh decided to clarify the situation and tell what prompts the doctors and students of medical universities in Kazakhstan to leave their home country and who comes to replace them.
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

In Kostanay (city of Northern Kazakhstan) convicted 13 border guards for organizing illegal migration
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The anti-corruption service caught the police of the DP Migration Service of Almaty and the Almaty region - they systematically took bribes and illegally registered foreigners and labour migrants in Kazakhstan
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Kosovo

EU Cooperation

Brussels to Host New Serbia-Kosovo Presidents' Meeting
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Other

Opinion: Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue: Where the EU Went Wrong
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

A week of reshuffling at the Kosovo government
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Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Kosovo President Hashim Thaci
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Kyrgyzstan

IOs dealing with Migration

100 Days against Trafficking in Persons” – Awareness Raising Campaign set to inspire action to prevent human trafficking in Kyrgyzstan
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Fighting illicit trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora in Kyrgyzstan under the global container control program
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Migrant stories

Migrants employment in EAEC countries
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Migrants remittances to Kyrgyzstan
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Migration issues and challenges

Other

Border checkpoint “Karkyra” will be closed until May 2019
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International practice on criminal investigation in risk management is introduced to Turkmen and Uzbek Customs officers (BOMCA)
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Riot of prisoners in Khudzhand. Kyrgyz Border service strengthened border control
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Terrorist fighters are arrested in Kyrgyzstan
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

Kyrgyz citizens to visit Tajikistan without registration up to 60 days
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Migration amnesty for certain kyrgyz citizens
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National Council on liaison with compatriots is created
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Moldova

EU Cooperation

Debates at the European Parliament: “We have not seen progress from Moldova”
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European Union confirms reduction of financial support due to deterioration of rule of law and democracy in Moldova
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How critical is the upcoming European Parliament resolution on Moldova?
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Video interview of Johannes Hahn on reduction of annual allocation assistance for Moldova
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IOs dealing with Migration

MIEUX recently wrapped up an Action on Crisis Communication on Irregular Migration in Moldova
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Stories of victims of domestic violence presented in show - social theater - UNDP project
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The Prague Process supports Moldova in organising the seminar on Extended Migration Profile
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Migrant stories

Moldova’s mass migration – the main trigger for the economic and demographic decline
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Migration issues and challenges

Moldovan cabinet approves action plan for open governance 2019-2020, including Diaspora’s role
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Moldovans who live abroad will be able to take their pensions from far
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Mobility

Latest opportunities for the Eastern Neighbourhood: jobs, conferences, internship for citizens of EaP
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Other

Belarus, Moldova to boost cooperation relations in customs sector
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Frontex concludes four-year project in Eastern Neighborhood region
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Joint border patrols to guard the Border between Moldova and Romania
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Research institutes

How critical is the upcoming European Parliament resolution on Moldova?
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

Agreements between Romania and Moldova: mixed border teams and consular protection
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Moldova citizenship-by-investment programme officially launched
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Moldovans who live abroad are urged to confirm their presence at parliamentary elections from 2019
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The governmental commission for European integration held a meeting on 21 November in the context of EU-Moldova Association Committee
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The Statistical Compendium for 2015-2017 of the Moldovan Extended Migration Profile was validated
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Montenegro

EU Cooperation

IOM - Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 103,347 in 2018; Deaths Reach 2,054
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Montenegro: Development In The North Of Montenegro: The Next Big Thing?
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Other

Serbian question in Montenegro
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The World Heritage Centre and IUCN arrived in Montenegro for a joint Advisory mission to the World Heritage property “Durmitor National Park.”
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

Montenegro officially joins NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo
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NATO membership is the greatest achievement of Duško Marković’s Government
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Serbia

IOs dealing with Migration

UN Expert groups on Hungarian-Serbian Border
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UN Pact on Migration Splits Balkan States
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UNHCR - Serbia Update 29 Oct - 11 Nov 2018
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

Minister Vulin: Serbia is still humane and responsible while resolving the migrant crisis
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Republic Public Prosecutor of Serbia meets Federal Public Prosecutor General of Germany
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Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and UNHCR presented the publication
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Tajikistan

EU Cooperation

New Ambassador of the European Union in Tajikistan presented her credentials to the President of Tajikistan
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Parliamentary delegation of Tajikistan to discuss prospects of relations with the European Union in Brussels
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Speaker of the upper chamber of Parliament of Tajikistan asked the EU for quotas for Tajik students
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The meeting of foreign ministers in the format of the European Union - Central Asia, in which Tajikistan participates
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Migration issues and challenges

Minister of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan asks his Russian colleague to comment on the death of a Tajik citizen.
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More than 1.7 million citizens of Tajikistan have registered by the Russian Migration Service since the beginning of the current year. Tajikistan ranked second in the number of those who registered in the Russian Federation. Uzbekistan ranked first, accor
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Remittances declined in Tajikistan
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Russia declared readiness to announce another amnesty for migrants from Tajikistan
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Salaries of Tajik migrants may increase by 28% if Tajikistan joins the EAEU
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Turkey has increased the period of visa-free stay for the citizens of three Central Asian countries - Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
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Mobility

OSCE Border Management Staff College conducts its first course overseas
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Other

FBI thanked Tajikistan for cooperating in investigation of tourists murder
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Heads border guards of CIS countries discussed the situation at the external borders
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Heads of the CSTO states determined the tasks for the next year. The main political document of the CSTO Summit in Astana was the final Declaration, which reflects the objectives and plans of the Organization for the coming period. The President of Tajiki
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Japan handed over a renovated checkpoint “Langar” on Tajik-Afghan border
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Japan to allocate USD 4,6 mln for improving infrastructure at the Takistan-Afghanistan border
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JICA supports effective Tajikistan-Afghanistan border management
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OSCE to increase capacity of border guards of Tajikistan to patrol on the ground
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OSCE to increase capacity of border guards of Tajikistan to patrol on the ground
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Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan agreed to intensify combating drugs
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The head of the CSTO: There was a real danger of the formation of a powerful extremist group on the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan
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Turkey

EU Cooperation

59,000 irregular migrants held in NW Turkey in 2018
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Turkey, EU to launch talks for Europol agreement
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IOs dealing with Migration

IOM says EU-Turkey migrant accord works
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Turkish Red Crescent produces tents for migrants around the world
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UN Agencies Join Up to Provide Opportunities in Turkey
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Other

Alternate Foreign Minister vocal on FYROM, Turkey and other thorny regional issues
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EU-Turkey relations 'strategic, open and frank dialogue'
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Is the European refugee crisis over?
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Turkmenistan

EU Cooperation

European Union to open a new Delegation in Turkmenistan
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Participation of the delegation of Turkmenistan in the 14th ministerial meeting
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IOs dealing with Migration

4th Regional Steering Group Meeting takes place in Dushanbe
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A meeting with representatives of the international centre “hedayah” was held at the state migration service of Turkmenistan
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A meeting with representatives of the UNHCR regional office was held
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Combatting illicit trafficking in cultural property focus of OSCE-organized Turkmen-Afghan workshop in Turkmenistan
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Meeting with the delegation of the international centre for migration policy development
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Other

The delegation from Turkmenistan paid a working visit to Azerbaijan
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Ukraine

EU Cooperation

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the escalating tensions in the Azov Sea
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EU approves disbursement of €500 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to Ukraine
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EU Foreign Affairs Council discussed situation in the Azov Sea and “elections” in Donbas
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EU report: Ukraine makes important progress in its reforms but more needs to be done in particular on the judiciary and fight against corruption
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European Union renews support for recovery, peacebuilding and governance reforms in conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits U-LEAD with Europe, reaffirms support to decentralisation in Ukraine.
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International humanitarian law: the dialogue between Ukraine and Germany continues. A working visit of the representatives of the Ministry of Temporary Occupied Terriotories and IDPs as the part of the Ukrainian Delegation to Berlin as the next step in th
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Leading MEPs concerned by growing tensions in the Sea of Azov
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MEPs recognise Ukraine’s reform efforts
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Statement by the Spokesperson on the escalating tensions in the Azov Sea
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Ukraine and the Republic of Lithuania will develop bilateral cooperation in the field of labor migration. Future Agreement between Ukraine and Lithuania in the field of labor migration regarding employment and cooperation is being discussed.
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Ukraine, Germany sign Agreement on Social Security and Insurance
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Migration issues and challenges

A Counterintuitive Way Ukraine Can Impress the EU and Solve Its Own Migration Problem
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Internally displaced persons: to integrate or not to integrate. According to IOM, the percentage of IDPs who have jobs is 48%, which is still lower than the percentage of the employed population in Ukraine in total (56%) and significantly lower than the
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Our students abroad: bring back?
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Report: Barometer of labour migration to Poland. Ukrainian labour migrants in Poland in 2nd half of 2018
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Research: Ukrainian Students in the Czech Republic: Policies of engagementand integration, Motivation and plans of Students. Only less than one tenth (8%) of the interviewed students plan to return to Ukraine, and among those who study longer than 5 years
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Rzeczpospolita: Poland's economy would be affected due to the loss of workers from Ukraine
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Mobility

The occupying authorities want to control mobility of Crimean residents holding Ukrianian passports
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Other

Border guards found almost 7 kilograms of amber in the gas cylinder
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Borys Humeniuk, Ukraine's Ambassador to Cyprus: The most common reason for detention of Ukrainians at Cypriot airports is the absence of supporting documents.
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Odesa hosts meeting of heads of Border Guard Services of Black Sea region countries
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Representatives of Ukraine and Turkey in Odesa to discuss ways to increase security in Black Sea region
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The State Border Guard Service has been trained in the identification, identification and protection of radioactive materials
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

Minister of Social Policy Andriy Reva discussed cooperation with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrey Plenkovich
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Ministry of Social Policy created a working group for development of legislation regarding IDPs
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Ministry of Social Policy discussed cooperation with representatives of the Danish Refugee Council
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National Bank of Ukraine: Ukrainians will travel to Poland less. This will be caused by possible economic slowdown in Poland to 3.5% in 2019 and 2.8% in the medium term perspective, decreasing number of new jobs in Poland.
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Over the past 3 years, about 8.5 thousand Roma have received documents in Ukraine
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Registered 1 519 654 IDPs
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Representatives of the State Migration Service took part in the event dedicated overcoming statelessness in Ukraine
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Service of online registration of biometric passports launched in Ukraine
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The government adopted Action Plan for IDP Integration Strategy. Regulation
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Ukraine and Belarus signed an agreement on readmission
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Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia Agree to Create Common Platform for Russian Federation Hybrid Methods of Influence Counteraction. Moldova held a trilateral meeting with the participation of Vice Prime Minister for Reintegration Cristina Lesnic, Temporarily O
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Ukrainian Delegation Met with Representatives of Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Uzbekistan

EU Cooperation

Abdulaziz kamilov takes part in a meeting of the Uzbekistan-EU cooperation council
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Meeting of “Uzbekistan – European Union” cooperation council
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Meeting with the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy
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Meeting with the European commissioner
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Uzbek foreign minister holds talks with EU commissioner
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Uzbekistan delegation attended the ministerial meeting in Brussels
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IOs dealing with Migration

Best practices in effective anti-corruption legislation focus of international conference co-organized by OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan
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Business ethics and compliance mechanisms in the healthcare sector focus of two-day training seminar organized by the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan
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Migration issues and challenges

Migration Observatory and Training Academy Expert Mission to Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan (Prague Process)
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Other

BOMCA National Training on Cyber Intelligence, Criminal Investigation and Risk Management
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BOMCA Technical Assistance Mission to the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan in adopting the new version of the Customs Code in accordance with international standards
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