Enhancing cooperation among the Prague Process states

Media Digest May 2019

2019-06-27

Albania

EU Cooperation

Albania and FRONTEX launch the first ever joint operation outside EU
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FRONTEX in Albania, Avramopoulos: Citizen´s Security at Our Focus
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IOs dealing with Migration

IOM trains Albanian law enforcement agencies on cultural competency and awareness in working with foreign nationals
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Migration issues and challenges

Illegal Emigrants use Albania as Transit Country - Minister Declares
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SMI Rings Alarm on Youth Migration
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Border Management

50 Frontex Officers to Be Deployed to Albanian Border
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Albania and Kosovo to Fully
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Albania, First in WB to Monitor External Borders - PM says
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Bushati: Border Correction, An Old and Dangerous Idea
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Dutch gov’t officially asks EC to remove visa-free regime with Albania
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North Macedonia's President Against Border Correction Kosovo-Serbia
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Armenia

EU Cooperation

Armenia’s Mnatsakanyan: Visa liberalization with EU is very fundamental matter to us
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Report: Armenia steps up efforts to reinforce and enhance partnership with EU
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Migration issues and challenges

Armenia, China to lift mutual visas as executive backs bill on free travel rules
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Compulsory or voluntary return. EU countries send AR citizens to home country
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

Negative migration balance of Armenia in 1st quarter of 2019 makes 1218 persons
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Azerbaijan

Other

EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World
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Research institutes

State Bodies dealing with Migration

5th world forum on intercultural dialogue
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ICMPD participation at Migration School closing ceremony
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Belarus

EU Cooperation

Belarus hopes to sign visa agreement with EU before Schengen visa fee increases
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Belarus' Investigative Committee eager to cooperate with Europol, Eurojust
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EU to allocate €3.5m for Urbany-Silene border checkpoint upgrade project
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MFA: Belarus, EU close to signing visa facilitation, readmission agreements
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

Belarus, Russia review approaches to exchange of information on migration
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Border Management

A working meeting took place in Grodno among experts from the border agencies of Belarus, Poland and Ukraine
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Citizens of Yemen Detained at Brest Railway Checkpoint
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Bosnia and Herzegovina

EU Cooperation

EU supports BiH in managing Migration Flows with additional 13 million Euros
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IOs dealing with Migration

IOM organized the ninth regular coordination meeting of the directors of Border Police agencies from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Kosovo*
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Regional Meeting on Readmission in the Western Balkans in Sarajevo
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Migrant stories

Soccer Player Sets Goal for Bosnian Life
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Songs Bring Locals and Migrants Together in Bosnian Town
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Migration issues and challenges

Alarming Information: more than 70,000 Citizens have renounced BH Citizenship
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Mobility

Most of the Economic Migrants in Germany come from BiH
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Other

A New Center for Migrants To Be Built at Vucjak near Bihac
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

Germany donated Specialized Equipment to BiH Border Police
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Meeting of the Task Force Combating Human Trafficking and Illegal Immigration held
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Signing of Protocol on Border Point between BiH, Serbia and Montenegro
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Georgia

EU Cooperation

EaP Ministerial held in Brussels to mark 10th anniversary: a joint document released
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EU launches EU4Digital programme in Georgia
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European Commission head Juncker says Georgia is a ‘100% European state’
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Georgian FM at V4 and EaP meeting: Georgia is the leader of the Eastern Partnership format
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Migrant stories

Georgian Diaspora representatives have been awarded for their contribution to various fields
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Migration issues and challenges

Georgian top officials, clerics, emphasise the role of diaspora in Georgia-EU visa free deal
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Number of Georgian asylum seekers in Germany decreased by almost 27%
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Other

Diaspora Forum 2019 has opened in Tbilisi
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Georgian leaders join Europe Day celebrations in Tbilisi
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

​David Zalkaliani has met with the Vice President of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees of Germany
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French, Georgian Interior Ministers Pledge to Counter Crime, Illegal Migration
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Kazakhstan

EU Cooperation

EU Country Roadmap for engagement with Civil Society 2018-2020 in Kazakhstan
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Kazakhstan and Great Britain: expansion of strategic partnership at a new stage
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Kazakhstan and Hungary: 5 years of successful strategic partnership
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President Donald Tusk to visit Central Asia
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IOs dealing with Migration

IOM - updated our shelter!
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National Referral Mechanisms - Joining Efforts to Protect the Rights of Trafficked Persons: A Practical Handbook
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Migration issues and challenges

Human trafficking. 60 thousand Kyrgyzstanis risk becoming slaves
Rus

NGOs dealing with Migration

Other

Heads of the five countries and the Prime Minister of Armenia took part in the jubilee meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

Bill simplifying the oralmans (repatriants from Mongolia) for obtaining a residence permit was developed by the Ministry of Labor of the Republic of Kazakhstan
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Sad statistic: during January-March 8000 Kazakhs emigrated
Rus

Border Management

An Uzbek in a container found by Kazakhstani border guards when inspecting a truck
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Kosovo

IOs dealing with Migration

IOM Kosovo and Ministry of Internal Affairs sign an MOU on AVRR
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Border Management

Kosovo border raids put Serbian troops on high alert
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Serb female border police officer arrested in Velji Breg, Zubin Potok
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Kyrgyzstan

Migrant stories

Infographics: Children left by labour migrants
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Militants back from Syria arrested in Kyrgyzstan
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Migration issues and challenges

Over 105,000 Kyrgyzstanis take advantage of migration amnesty in Russia
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

Cost of work visas to Turkey for Kyrgyzstanis reduced
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Foreigners arrived in Kyrgyzstan can register online
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Japan is planning to employ Kyrgyz citizens
Rus

Border Management

Consultative support to Kyrgyz Customs in the field of Implementation of TFA Action Plan (Trade Facilitation Agreement)
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Strengthening risk analysis system in Uzbekistan
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Workshop on Prevention and Detection of Illegal Trafficking of Goods and Means of Transport
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Moldova

EU Cooperation

EU to help Moldova implement DCFTA in full
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Ukraine appreciates cooperation with Moldova in DCFTA implementation
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IOs dealing with Migration

Moldova to be part of leadership of UN Commission for Europe
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OSCE to ask Moldovan PG about criminal cases against Transnistrian officials
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Migrant stories

Explore the Diaspora: How a Moldovan set foot and prospers on Vietnamese soil
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Nine Moldovan citizens , accused of robbery in Turkey
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Migration issues and challenges

Migration can be positive for country’s socio-economic development, too, expert says
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Moldovans sent home more money last April against the same period of the year before
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Moldovans who live abroad can receive a pension in Moldova
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Research institutes

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Moldovans who worked in Italy, more informed about the right to retirement
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Border Management

Premier urges responsible agencies to ensure order at border crossing points
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Recent abuses of the Tiraspol regime at border crossing points
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Montenegro

Migration issues and challenges

From January this year, around 1,470 migrants and refugees arrived
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Mobility

Tirana Scraps Work Permits for Montenegrin, North Macedonia Albanians
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

Foro di Roma: Montenegrin and regional police make significant contribution to suppression of international organised crime
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Nuhodzic: Montenegro Respects Human Rights and Freedoms of Migrants
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North Macedonia

IOs dealing with Migration

IOM Marks Two Decades in North Macedonia
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Migration issues and challenges

North Macedonia Finds Eight Migrants Hiding In Truck's Roof
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Other

Anagnostopoulou: The two borders crossings with North Macedonia are bridges of friendship and cooperation
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EU asylum applications from North Macedonia significantly drop
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Border Management

New border crossings between North Macedonia and Greece
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Russia

IOs dealing with Migration

Working meeting of the Head of the UNHCR Office in the Russian Federation Vanno Nupek with the Director of the Department of International Activities of the EMERCOM of Russia Vladimir Solovyov
Rus

Migrant stories

‘A surreal country’ The mad dash for Russian citizenship in separatist Luhansk
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Nowhere to turn Thousands of refugees came to the 2018 World Cup through FIFA's FAN ID system. Now, they’re fighting to find a way to stay in Russia
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Migration issues and challenges

In Moscow more than 50 people detained for the production of false documents
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In Voronezh Oblast a man was detained for illegally registering more than 50 foreigners
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Russia Takes Baby Steps Toward Integrating the Children of Immigrants
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The head of the migration department in Nizhny Novgorod was suspected of bribery
Rus

Mobility

Prihodko: Every Year 2,5 millon Citizens of Uzbekistan arrive in Russia
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Other

More than 17,7 million foreigners registered in Russia
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

Donetsk People’s Republic residents start applying for Russian citizenship
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Duma adopts criminal liability amendment for mediation of illegal migration
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Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus and Russia agreed to exchange information on refugees
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Oreshkin urged to stimulate high-quality labor migration
Rus

Border Management

Border guards prevent 100,000 crimes on Russia’s borders in 2018
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Ensuring Russia’s security upon entry for over a century: Border Guard Service turns 101
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FSB reported an increase in the number of attempts to illegally cross the border of the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg
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Russian border guards identify 1,100 terrorist suspects in 2018
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Russian borders should be more convenient for travelers, but safe from terrorists — Putin
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Serbia

EU Cooperation

Frontex trained 250 experts from Western Balkans and Turkey
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Migrant stories

Legends of Pirates
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Night deportations from Hungary crush Afghan families’ hopes
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Migration issues and challenges

In darkness, Hungary deports Afghan family of 6 to Serbia
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Two Migrants Found Dead In Tanker Truck In Serbia
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Border Management

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Tajikistan

EU Cooperation

Donald Tusk arrived to Dushanbe
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Donald Tusk visited Sarez and was concerned about the melting of glaciers in Tajikistan
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Rakhmon and Tusk discussed the inclusion of Tajikistan in the EU economic program
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Rakhmon: Tajikistan is interested in developing and expanding partnership with the OSCE
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The European Union is ready to help Tajikistan with the adaptation of citizens returning from Syria
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Tusk announced the interest of the EU in the stability of Tajikistan
Rus

Migration issues and challenges

Citizens of Tajikistan rescued from labor slavery in Latvia
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Mobility

Muhriddin (TJK MFA): Conference in Dushanbe has become a platform for constructive dialogue
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Rahmon is concerned about terrorist activity on the Internet
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Other

MFA of Tajikistan: terrorism remains a serious threat to the world
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MIA of Tajikistan: there are still many citizens of the republic in Syria and Iraq
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Tajikistan intends to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

84 children returned from Iraq to Tajikistan
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Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan Azim Ibrohim demanded to establish the work of the representation abroad in such a way as to be in constant contact with migrant workers
Rus

Border Management

Discussion, chaired by Tajikistan on the security of Central Asian borders conducted in Vienna
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Lavrov said when will submit proposals on the Tajik-Afghan border
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On the border of Afghanistan and the CIS countries there are about five thousand militants
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Rakhmon punished the leadership of the Customs Service
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Rakhmon said that there is a movement of terrorists to the north of Afghanistan
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Semerikov noted an increase in tension on the Tajik-Afghan border
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The United States has transferred to the Border Troops of Tajikistan equipment for 100 thousand dollars
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Turkey

IOs dealing with Migration

Community-Led Iftar Dinners Bring Solidarity, Unity, Inclusiveness to Neighborhoods in Turkey
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Shelter Rehabilitation Benefiting 8,600 Migrants
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Migrant stories

Irishwoman settles in Turkey to bring smiles to refugees
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Light shed on lives of Africans in Istanbul
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Meet the diving club volunteers saving migrants off Greece
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Refugee entrepreneurs from Afghanistan thrive in business-friendly Turkey
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Syrian refugee graduates from Turkish university’s engineering department as top of his class
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Syrian refugee stages hunger strike in Istanbul
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Migration issues and challenges

50 migrants die on way to Europe through Turkey in 2019
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EU has an absorption capacity; so does Turkey
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Migrants tortured by Greek police, illegally pushed back to Turkey
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Over 1,000 irregular migrants detained in one day
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Over 1,000 irregular migrants held across Turkey
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Over 380 irregular migrants held across Turkey
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Over 450 irregular migrants held across Turkey
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Turkey stemming flow of irregular migrants to Europe
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Other

5 migrants die in road accident
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Migrant boat sinks off western Turkey, killing seven
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Romanian princess meets Syrians in Turkey
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Seasonal agricultural workers’ problems arise as season kicks off
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Six migrants found after freezing to death in eastern Turkey
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Syrians leaving Turkey for Eid al-Fitr
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Turkish Coast Guard rescues 12 migrants in Aegean Sea
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

Turkey ready to share migration management experience: Çavuşoğlu
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Turkey, Bulgaria cooperation on migration hailed
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Turkmenistan

EU Cooperation

A Round Table Meeting Dedicate to the First Caspian Economic Forum was held in Brussels
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Ashgabat and Budapest are determined to activate cooperation in different spheres
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President of Turkmenistan and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Miroslav Lajčák discuss prospects of dialogue with Slovakia and OSCE
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The European Union and Central Asia: New opportunities for a stronger partnership
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IOs dealing with Migration

Turkmenistan and OSCE determined to widen further multilateral cooperation
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UNODC and the Central Asian States discussed the progress of the Programme for Central Asia 2015-2019 and future plans
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Migration issues and challenges

Turkmenistan to introduce visa privileges for tourists of Japan
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Other

Meeting of the council of the Heads of Governments of the Commonwealth of Independent States was held in Ashgabat
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Regional forum of the World Customs Organization on Free Economic Zones
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The results of the work of military and law-enforcement agencies for four months of 2019 were reviewed
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Border Management

Sub-regional workshop on information exchange in customs started in Ashgabat
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Turkmen customs officers took part in an international seminar held in the seaport of Kuryk of the Republic of Kazakhstan
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Workshop Improving customs procedures in relation to export goods in order to implement the State program to increase the volume of exports of products manufactured in Turkmenistan
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Ukraine

IOs dealing with Migration

“Chestnut Run” participants joined a global solidarity campaign with refugees and IDPs
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High-level officials from Austria welcome EUBAM’s achievements
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International experts highly estimated cooperation with the State Border Guard Service
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Legal framework, court practices and training programs on internal displacement
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Ministry of Finance of Poland, Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova and EUBAM exchange views on cigarette smuggling phenomenon
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SMS employees advanced their professional competences within IOM project
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UNHCR Refugee Book initiative brings into light the refugee authors and books from different countries
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Migration issues and challenges

In the Czech Republic, most of the detained irregular migrants in 2018 were Ukrainians
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Ministry of Finance: labour migration from Ukraine is one of the reasons for growth of the average wage
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More than three million Ukrainians are permanently abroad
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The volume of transfers from migrants will decrease - they are already going abroad with whole families, - expert
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Two people every minute: MFA told about the scale of emigration from Ukraine
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Mobility

Ukraine and Costa Rica agree on visa-free regime
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Ukraine, Mexico develop action plan for concluding agreement on visa-free regime
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NGOs dealing with Migration

Memorandum of the civil society Initiative
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Myths and Facts about Ukrainian Labor Migration to the Visegrad Countries
Ukr

State Bodies dealing with Migration

1 380 977  IDPs registered in Ukraine
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Border guards of operative units met with colleagues from Georgia
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Migration in Ukraine: how big is the problem? Interview with the experts
Ukr
Ministry of Social Policy discussed the issue of labor migration with German experts
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Statistics of violation of migration legislation by foreign citizens
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The The
Ukr

Border Management

1 126 100 people crossed the contact line in the east of Ukraine in April 2019
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141 501 people crossed the administrative line in Kherson oblast in April 2019
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Joint special operation
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Uzbekistan

EU Cooperation

Brussels to host a High-level Political and Security Dialogue
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EU 2018 Annual Report on Human Rights: Uzbekistan continued its efforts to improve human rights record - with some success
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President of Uzbekistan receives the President of the European Council
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Uzbekistan – European Union: 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations
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IOs dealing with Migration

New Port Control Units Established at the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region and Sughd Region in Tajikistan
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State Customs Committee, UNODC chief discuss cooperation
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UNODC Supports Central Asian States to Enhance Border Management Capacities and Cooperation Against Terrorism
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Other

Concept of the Development Strategy of Uzbekistan-2035 put for discussion
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Head of Uzbekistan approves anti-corruption program for 2019–2020
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Ministry of Justice of Uzbekistan announced the list of extremist materials
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Prospects for cooperation in customs field are discussed
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State Bodies dealing with Migration

156 people returned to homeland from the zone of armed conflicts
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A delegation of Uzbekistan attends the 28th Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
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A regular meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Interior of the CIS Member States
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MFA: Uzbekistan to protect rights of its citizens
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Uzbekistan hosts the Sixth Annual Interregional Meeting of the UN Global Program on Drugs and Crime
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Border Management

Almaty hosted negotiations on Uzbekistan – Kazakhstan state border demarcation
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Negotiations on the demarcation of the Uzbek-Turkmen state border held in Urgench
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Negotiations on Uzbekistan – Kazakhstan State Border
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Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan hold security consultations
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