Enhancing cooperation among the Prague Process states

Media Digest March 2020

2020-04-28

Armenia

EU Cooperation

The Netherlands now considers Armenia a “safe country of origin”
Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

The State is planning to provide housing to another 190 refugee families from Azerbaijan
Arm

Migration issues and challenges

Armenia 2019: 4,360 Applied for Assylum in EU and EFTA
Eng
Armenia Launches Program to Assist Reintegration of Returning Citizens
Eng
Labour migration: two sides of one medal
Arm
Number of asylum seekers from Armenia drastically drops following the revolution
Eng
State will support RA Citizens who voluntarily and compulsorily return to Armenia: Migration Service
Eng
Time has come for us to have labour attaches in countries with large numbers of Armenian labour migrants
Arm

Migrant stories

Life abroad with locked suitcases
Arm

Mobility

Armenia declares one-month state of emergency for coronavirus
Eng
Armenia Extends Closure Of Border With Iran Over Coronavirus Fears
Eng
Georgia to close borders with Armenia and Azerbaijan for 10 days
Eng
Migration Service is looking into the cases of some Armenian nationals whose entry to Georgia is prohibited
Arm

Azerbaijan

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Documentation for foreigners and stateless persons
Eng
Issuance of visas through the “ASAN Visa” e-portal is suspended
Eng

Georgia

EU Cooperation

'We are committed to assisting every citizen of Georgia faced with the problem of legal stay in the EU-Schengen area' David Zalkaliani
Geo
EU allocates €183 mln to Georgia in fight against coronavirus
Geo
EU Commission proposes new policy objectives for Georgia, Eastern Partnership
Geo

IOs dealing with Migration

Germany supports Georgia to build 122 flats for IDPs
Geo

Migration issues and challenges

2,425 Georgian citizens abroad have received gov’t assistance amid coronavirus outbreak
Geo
Georgia announces 2-week flight schedule to bring its citizens from abroad
Geo
Georgian citizens temporarily accommodated in Spain, France due to coronavirus travel restrictions
Geo
State to co-finance flights to bring back Georgian citizens from abroad
Geo

Border Management

MIA Border Police strengthens land border protection measures
Geo

Mobility

Georgia shuts down all flights to/from the country starting from 21 March 2020, with the exception of flights operated by the Georgian Airlines
Geo
Georgia temporarily bans entry into Georgia for foreigners due to coronavirus
Geo
Georgian and Armenian citizens to cross the border via ID cards
Geo

Remittances

Georgia receives $137.3 mln in remittances in February 2020
Geo

Other

Georgia marks 29th anniversary of historic referendum on independence
Geo
Ruling party, opposition agree on 120/30 electoral system for 2020 parliamentary polls
Geo
State of emergency enteres into force in Georgia amid coronavirus pandemic
Geo
What impact will coronavirus have on the Georgian economy?
Geo

Kazakhstan

EU Cooperation

EU Entrepreneurs May Help Kazakhstan Develop Green Economy
Rus
Nur-Sultan and Vilnius strengthen partnership, emphasizing economic diplomacy
Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Costs of implementing Employment Roadmap to increase to 1 trillion tenge — Ministry of Finance
Eng
Foreigners who are stuck in Kazakhstan will be able to extend their visas
Rus
Non-working regime in Nur-Sultan and Almaty extended for a week, quarantine introduced in Shymkent
Eng

Migration issues and challenges

Six people were not allowed because of coronavirus to the territory of the North Kazakhstan region
Rus
The number of appeals to the migration service has sharply increased in the Northern Kazakhstan
Rus

Border Management

Border Service announcement regarding Emergency Situation
Rus
Customs of Kazakhstan has opened a
Rus
The border service of the Republic of Kazakhstan has identified a list of checkpoints for trucks
Rus

Trafficking in Human Beings

Public Fund Kaisar
Rus
Stop Trafficking
Rus

Kyrgyzstan

Migration issues and challenges

Migrants transfer $ 148.5 million to Kyrgyzstan in January 2020
Eng
Migration cards of Kyrgyz citizens to Russian Federation to be extended
Rus
Most of refugees in Kyrgyzstan are from Syria and Afghanistan
Eng
Tourism demand drops significantly in Kyrgyzstan due to coronavirus
Eng

Migrant stories

Kyrgyz citizens waiting for repatriation in Russian airports
Rus

Border Management

Kyrgyzstan closes borders, introduces ban on entry of foreigners
Eng

Moldova

EU Cooperation

EU ambassador about Eastern Partnership beyond 2020 and new objectives
Eng
EU support to EaP countries amid COVID outbreak, including Moldova
Eng
EU to earmark 140 million euros to Eastern Partnership countries in fight with COVID-19
Eng
The EU-Moldova Association Agreement contains anti-C0VID measures, opinion
Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Authorities have developed a mechanism for the return of the Moldovan citizens
Eng
Coronavirus: charter flights are organised to pick up Moldovans from abroad
Eng
Moldovan government declares national state of emergency in connection with COVID-19 until 15 May
Eng
Social protection measures for Moldovan migrants working in Spain: bilateral agreement
Mol

IOs dealing with Migration

EC Communication: Guidance on the implementation of the temporary restriction, repatriation of EU citizens, and on the effects on visa policy
Eng
Interview IOM : how covid19 will impact remittances flow in Moldova ? (PODCAST)
Mol
Switzerland, UNDP to provide Moldovan medical staff with protection equipment
Eng

Migration issues and challenges

Diplomatic missions have received more than 7000 request from Moldovan citizens for repatriation from EU
Mol
Impact of COVID-19 crisis on Moldovan emigrants and remittances: is there room for optimism? Op-Ed
Eng
In Moldova the duration of residence permit will be extended for foreigners
Eng
Moldovan migrants returning home amid covid19 outbreak
Rus
More than 3,000 Moldovan citizens repatriated in last weeks
Eng

Migrant stories

Moldovan MFA intervened for Moldovan migrants returning to MD, blocked at the border
Mol
Moldovans entering country during emergency to pay for mandatory health insurance policy
Eng

Border Management

EUBAM presents its Annual Report 2019, including IBM efforts and fight again cross border crimes
Eng

Diaspora

PM assures Moldovans returned from Diaspora of benefiting from subsidies for agriculture
Eng

Other

Human rights in Transnistrian region in context of COVID-19 discussed with Ombudsman, governmental agent at European top court
Eng
March: Moldova reports 423 cases of COVID19: 70 new cases of coronavirus infection
Eng

Tajikistan

EU Cooperation

Accession of the Republic of Tajikistan to the General System of Preferences + (GSP +)
Rus
EU extradites extremist of illegal IRPT to Tajikistan
Rus
Germany Allocates Million Euros to Tajikistan to Combat Coronavirus
Rus
Meeting with the Special Representative of the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France
Eng
Tajikistan negotiates with the European Union to extradite Muhiddin Kabiri
Rus

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Russian authorities study the possibility of extending labour contracts with migrants
Rus

Migration issues and challenges

Tajik migrants stuck in the zone between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
Rus
Tajikistan promised to return to the homeland all citizens stuck in Russia
Rus
Tajiks stuck at Istanbul airport ask for help
Rus
Waiting for a miracle: how can migrants from Central Asia fly home from Russia
Rus

Migrant stories

Migrant waiting for flights overnight expelled from Domodedovo airport
Rus

Border Management

Border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan closed due to coronavirus
Rus
Border between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan closed due to coronavirus
Rus
On the border of Afghanistan and Tajikistan, again not calm
Rus
Tajikistan bans entry for foreign drivers
Rus
Taliban attacked government forces in provinces bordering Tajikistan
Rus
Taliban storm Maimai Afghan county on Tajik border
Rus

Other

Tajikistan cancels all international flights due to coronavirus
Rus

Turkmenistan

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Development of Turkmen-Azerbaijan Relations
Eng

Border Management

The expert noted the appropriateness of a new cargo transportation procedure in Turkmenistan
Eng

Other

Activity of security forces in January – March analysed at the session of the State Security Council
Eng
Humanitarian assistance is delivered to Khorasan Razavi province in Iran
Eng
UN, Government discuss preparedness needs to address COVID-19 in Turkmenistan
Eng

Ukraine

EU Cooperation

The EU stands by Ukraine in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and mobilises substantial support
Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

60% of Ukrainian Citizens Trust Border Guards
Eng
A Meeting with Representatives of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Was Held in the State Border Guard Service Administration
Eng
Migration Service calls to minimize visits to its territorial Departments and Units during quarantine
Eng
Peculiarities of the implementation of the migration legislation during the quarantine period
Eng
Quarantine in Ukraine: new migration rules
Eng
Working Meeting of Border Guard Analysts from Ukraine and Belarus
Eng

IOs dealing with Migration

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE RESETTLEMENT SUPPORT CENTRE EURASIA
Eng
COUNCIL OF EUROPE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY: Ukrainian and Poland local representatives working together to develop cross-border regions
Eng
EUBAM helps Moldova and Ukraine to strengthen efforts in fighting illicit firearms trafficking
Eng
EUBAM presents its Annual Report 2019
Eng
Final event of the HELP Course on Internal Displacement was held in Moot Court format
Eng
HELP course on Internal Displacement is implemented in Kryvyi Rih
Eng
TO THE ATTENTION OF VISITORS OF IOM UKRAINE’S MIGRATION HEALTH ASSESSMENT CENTRE
Eng

Migration issues and challenges

Third of Ukrainians in Poland lost or limited their jobs due to coronavirus
Eng

Border Management

Interagency Working Group Meeting on Integrated Border Management was Held at the Border Crossing Point “Novi Yarylovychi”
Eng

Labour migration

Polish business ask the government for help: 20% of Ukrainian labour migrants left the country
Rus

Irregular migration

Over 150 Ukrainian sailors detained in Italy for transporting irregular migrants
Ukr

Remittances

How much did labour migrants transfer money? NBU final data - Ukrainian labour migrants transferred $ 12,017 billion to Ukraine in 2019
Ukr
National Bank: remittances of labour migrants may be reduced by $ 1 billion per year due to coronavirus
Rus

Uzbekistan

EU Cooperation

The EU launches five projects to promote human rights and the development of civil society in Uzbekistan
Eng

IOs dealing with Migration

Government of Japan Allocates US$6.8 million to Support UNODC Regional Border Cooperation Initiative in Central Asia
Eng

Labour migration

About 700 Uzbek citizens stuck on borders with Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
Rus
Moscow launches a new system to identify illegal labour migrants from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan
Eng
Parliament of Kazakhstan approves agreement with Uzbekistan on migration
Rus
Unified Migration Center opened in Tashkent
Rus
Uzbekistan allowed entry for Tajik citizens stuck on the border with Kazakhstan
Rus

Other

From 2021, ID cards to be issued instead of a biometric passport
Eng
Law “On citizenship of the Republic of Uzbekistan” adopted in a new version
Eng
The strategic vision of the President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of ensuring regional security and tackling afghan problems
Eng
UZBEKISTAN AND TAJIKISTAN CONDUCT ANTI-TERRORIST EXERCISES
Rus
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