Enhancing cooperation among the Prague Process states

Media Digest October 2018

2018-12-09

Albania

EU Cooperation

EU signs agreement with Albania on European Border and Coast Guard cooperation
Eng
Bushati – Kneissl: It is clear to our region that Europe is more important than conflicts
Eng
Ministers for European Integration meet in Tirana, commit to deeper cooperation
Eng
PCC SEE Meeting of Heads of Criminal Police held in Tirana
Eng

Migrant stories

Albania migration trends change, 52 percent mull leaving
Eng
Albanians top WB countries with most EU residence permits approved in 2017
Eng
More EU-bound migrants giving up in Albania
Eng

Other

Art installation “Handle With Care” reminds public of persisting human trafficking and stigma
Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

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

Armenia

Migration issues and challenges

Migration rates of Armenian citizens slowed down
Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Armenia refused 78 asylum seekers this year
Eng
During the first half of 2018, 2490 Armenian citizens applied for asylum in the EU countries
Rus
Positive dynamics has been registered in Armenia in the first half of this year
Arm
Ways how to address housing needs of refugees. Armenian authorities develop solutions.
Rus

Azerbaijan

IOs dealing with Migration

EU anti-trafficking day is marked in Azerbaijan
Eng
Migration Studies Weekend on Migration and Security on 17 and 18 November in Baku
Eng
Study visit to Poland during 22-26 October 2018
Eng
The third workshop on evaluation and collecting lessons learnt on document security for Azerbaijani border guards and migration officials during 6-8 November 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Aze
Training of Trainers Program for Criminal Prosecution Authorities in Azerbaijan
Eng
UN migration agency launches integrated rural development project for internally displaced communities in Azerbaijan
Eng
Workshop on Advance Passenger Information (API) systems for the Azerbaijan customs, immigration service, visa service and selected airlines
Eng
Workshop on Asylum Procedures and Complementary Protection
Eng
Workshop on Developing an individual plan of integration for refugees in the Republic of Azerbaijan, 2 November 2018, Baku
Eng

Other

VI Baku International Baku Humanitarian Forum – 25-26 October 2018
Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

1135 foreigners attended the courses organized by the Training Center of the State Migration Service
Eng
169 foreigners detained within the measures against illegal migration by State Migration Service
Eng
92 foreigners detained within the measures against illegal migration
Eng
Chief of the State Migration Service met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Germany to our country
Eng
Results of
Eng
Seminar held on
Eng
State Migration Service organized a mobile service in Ivanovka, Rushan and Galagah villages
Eng
State Migration Service organized a mobile service in Zagatala
Eng
State Migration Service received 81.600 calls during the 9 months
Eng
State Migration Service to launch a new project with “ASAN Radio”
Eng
Statistics of the calls received by the Call Center (919) of State Migration Service within the last 10 days
Eng

Bosnia and Herzegovina

EU Cooperation

€7.2 million in EU grants to support BiH in better responding to migration and border management issues
Eng
Bosnia and Herzegovina signs a bilateral agreement on social security with Switzerland
Bos
Johannes Peterlik: Migrants in Bosnia ‘Taking Wrong Path’
Eng
Mektic and Mordue discuss BiH cooperation with Europol and Frontex
Bos

Migrant stories

BiH citizenry eagerly awaits the relaxation of work permit regulations in Germany
Bos

Other

4th Opinion on BiH of the COE Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of Minorities
Eng
Elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Who won and what it means for the future?
Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

16 IDP families in Olovo receive keys to their new apartments within the EU-funded Regional Housing Program
Bos
Ministry of Security held a workshop on creating an Integrated Border Management Strategy for 2019-2021
Bos

Georgia

EU Cooperation

EU Statement on Georgia's Presidential Elections
Eng
European Parliament on Georgian-EU association deal: Georgia is on good reform track
Eng
Final results for presidential elections released
Eng

Kazakhstan

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Government of Kazakhstan intends to change border crossing procedures on Kazakh-Russian border
Rus

Kosovo

EU Cooperation

Bundestag member Peter Beyer: Germany is against border correction
Eng

Other

Opinion: The government should form a diaspora task force to create state policies
Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

A week of reshuffling at the Kosovo government
Eng
Minister of Diaspora: Kosovo has failed to solve the Green Card issue
Eng

Kyrgyzstan

IOs dealing with Migration

An assembly of Central Asian countries was proposed at OSCE meeting in Bishkek
Rus

Migration issues and challenges

After accessing EAEC, number of legal Kyrgyz labour migrants has increased
Rus
Gender balance of Kyrgyz labour migrants
Rus
One of the reason of labour migration from Kyrgyzstan – poor quality of working places
Rus
Some of Kyrgyz citizens will be granted a migration amnesty in Russia
Rus

Other

ISIS tries to create new resource centre of caliphate in Central Asia
Rus

Research institutes

Slavery index of Europe and Central Asia – Kyrgyzstan has 22 place
Rus

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Border guards assisting to terrorists are arrested in Kyrgyzstan
Rus
Border Service commented the case of sending Kyrgyz citizens to Siriya
Rus
Kyrgyz Foreign Affairs Minister: a breakthrough is possible in cross-border issues with Uzbekistan
Rus
Migration Service of Kyrgyzstan to open office in Turkey
Eng

Moldova

EU Cooperation

Angela Merkel accuses Russia of destabilizing the situation in the Republic of Moldova (RU and EN)
Rus
The European Integration amendment to the Constitution has failed to achieve the necessary amount of votes
Eng
Top European bank to provide ten million euros for development of small, medium-sized enterprises of Moldova
Eng

IOs dealing with Migration

Customs experts from the two banks of the Nistru River deepen knowledge on IPR enforcement
Eng
Tudor Ulianovschi minister thanked OIM for their support in repatriating Moldovans from Spain
Eng

Migration issues and challenges

The procedure for obtaining the Moldovan visa and residence permit will be simplified for 60 states
Eng
The volume of remittances to Moldova through banks in favor of individuals in January-September 2018 amounted to $ 955.05 million, an increase of 9.5%, compared with the same period of 2017
Eng

Other

Money transfers to private persons reach almost one billion dollars in Moldova in first nine months of 2018
Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Labour Migration Agreement Bulgaria-Moldova Takes Effect
Eng
Russian militaries refuse to follow the procedures established in the Security Zone
Eng

Montenegro

EU Cooperation

Economic conference Montenegro 2018 held in Budva
Eng
Montenegro officially joins NATO-led peace keeping force in Kosovo
Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Border police arrests 10 Syrian asylum seekers in Herceg Novi
Mon
Montenegro plans on opening 6 additional border crossings to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mon

North Macedonia

EU Cooperation

Flights between Greece and Macedonia resume after 12-year blockade
Eng
MARRI – GIZ Consultative Workshop for on Trafficking in Human Beings held in Skopje
Eng
MARRI Regional Remote Interpretation Service Workshop held in Skopje
Eng
Prague Process Workshop on Data collection held in Skopje
Eng

Serbia

Other

Panel
Bieber: Talks of borders are short-sighted and obsolete, a quality dialogue is needed
Eng
Round table “Migration: Experiences and Future Challenges” held within the Book Fair in Belgrade
Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

2-day conference on the institutional response to the migration crisis held in Sombor
Srb
Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and UNHCR presented the publication
Srb

Turkey

EU Cooperation

Erdogan: Referendum possible on Turkey's EU bid
Eng

IOs dealing with Migration

IOM Turkey Promotes Unity, Counters Xenophobia During First Public Information Summit
Eng
Responding to Protection Needs of Refugees in Turkey: Baseline Data Collection
Eng
Turkish Red Crescent to protect refugee children from harms of child labour
Eng

Turkmenistan

IOs dealing with Migration

Combatting illicit trafficking in cultural property focus of OSCE-organized Turkmen-Afghan workshop in Turkmenistan
Eng
Regional training on countering terrorism started in Ashgabat
Eng

Ukraine

IOs dealing with Migration

Call for tender on purchase of international consultants services for the Council of Europe Project “Internal Displacement in Ukraine: Building Solutions”
Eng
EUBAM hosted the visit of Hungarian National Assembly delegation
Eng
Helping migrants make informed decisions
Eng
IOM grantees showcase their products at a top fair in Kyiv
Eng
IOM marks 20 years of counter-trafficking in Ukraine
Eng
New IOM publication contributes to prosecution of traffickers in Ukraine
Eng
Real-time intelligence exchange leads to seizure of seven million cigarettes at EU external border
Eng
Representatives of the Ukrainian SMS visited Swedish Migration Service with an introductory visit within the framework of the IOM project
Ukr
SMS held a meeting with the representatives of the migration agencies of the Netherlands
Ukr
Task Force Tobacco intensifies efforts to combat cigarettes smuggling
Eng
Workshop «Human Rights Protection of IDPs: Council of Europe Standards and National Challenges» took place in Odessa
Eng

Migration issues and challenges

Human resource crisis: in Poland, employers are worried about the departure of Ukrainians to Germany - DW. By 2020, according to the Ministry of Investment and Development of Poland, the country will lose half a million of the working population. Accordin
Rus
Rzeczpospolita: More than half of Ukrainian migrants can leave Poland. According to estimates of the Work Service, 59% of Ukrainians can leave Poland, which would have a great impact on Poland’s economic growth. The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary of
Rus
Ukrainian parliament amended the procedure for extradition of offenders from Ukraine
Eng

Mobility

Ukraine and Georgia to simplify border crossing procedures
Eng
Ukrainians received the most first residence permits in the EU in 2017
Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

1 522 743 IDPS registered
Ukr
Belarus, Ukraine sign Agreement on Readmission
Eng
Every sixth labour migrant can face problems with pensions payments - Minister of Social Policy. Ukraine has agreements on labor migration with 21 countries, which provide for the mechanism of social protection of Ukrainian citizens. However, Ukraine and
Rus
In September 2018, 266,504 People Crossed Administrative Border
Eng
Launch of Water Purification Installation, Renovation of Medical Facilities, Housing for IDPs – Results of Visit of Minister Vadym Chernysh to Mariupol
Eng
More than 450 thousand Ukrainians have received temporary asylum in Russia since 2014, reported by Moscow.
Ukr
MoSP aims to create conditions for the return of Ukrainian migrants. The government actively works to increase wages, including the level of minimum wages, as Ukrainian employers have already faced a shortage of skilled workers in the labor market. MoSP a
Ukr
The Ministry of Social Policy uses new methods for combating trafficking in human beings. MoSP held a workshop for labor inspectors from all regions of Ukraine on the topic:
Ukr

Uzbekistan

EU Cooperation

On the meeting with European Parliament Delegation
Rus
Tashkent host meeting of Uzbekistan – EU Parliamentary Cooperation Committee
Eng

IOs dealing with Migration

Identification of Drugs: Uzbek and Italian Officers Conduct Simulation Exercise on the Streets of Bukhara
Eng
Intelligence agencies of member states of Shanghai Cooperation Organization prevented activities of more than 50 terrorist units
Rus
OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan conducts training course for police investigators on protecting rights of alleged victims and accused persons during preliminary investigations
Eng
Tashkent hosted Uzbekistan – Kazakhstan negotiations on demarcation of the State border
Eng
UNODC Brings Expertise on Anti-Money Laundering to Uzbekistan
Eng
UNODC-WCO Global Container Control Programme Strengthens Railway Control in Central Asia and Southern Caucasus
Eng
Uzbek Customs and Border Forces are Preparing to Establish New PCUs as a Part of WCO-UNODC Global Programme
Eng

Migration issues and challenges

Balance of migration become minus 12,300 people
Eng
Over 70 Uzbek citizens return home from Russia
Eng

Other

President of Uzbekistan meets with CIS defines ministers
Eng
Russian Defence Minister announces about close cooperation with Uzbekistan in security sphere
Eng
Russian Defence Minister announces about close cooperation with Uzbekistan in security sphere
Eng
Uzbek model” of combating terrorism is of interest abroad - Vladimir Norov
Rus

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Afghanistan opens Consulate General in Uzbekistan
Eng
Demining of the border with Turkmenistan has started
Rus
Meeting of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan working groups in the city of namangan
Eng
Meeting of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan working groups in Nukus
Eng
Uzbekistan to join IOM in November
Eng
Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan discuss delimitation and demarcation of borders
Eng
November Media Digest 2018
News from the region