Enhancing cooperation among the Prague Process states

Media Digest November 2020

2020-12-02

Armenia

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Former Minister of Labor and Social Affairs presents report on the works accomplished
Arm
In October and November 350 disabled and old persons displaced from Artsakh are placed in the care centers financed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Service
Arm
Open Society Foundation provides humanitarian aid to the displaced persons from Artsakh
Arm

Migration issues and challenges

'Aurora' continues to support displaced from Artsakh: 14 projects with more than 110 000 USD budget is approved
Arm
23000 refugees returned to Nagorno Kharabakh. Ministry of Defence of Russian federation
Arm
Half of Nagorno-Karabakh's population displaced by fighting
Eng
Some families are still in Armenia. The humanitarian aid program for displaced from Artsakh continues
Arm

Azerbaijan

State Bodies dealing with Migration

An online meeting held between the State Migration Service and employers in our country
Eng
Chief of State Migration Service Vusal Huseynov participates in Vienna Migration Conference
Eng
Key aspects of the integration of foreigners into local society discussed
Eng
Statistics of the State Migration Service for October of 2020
Eng

Georgia

EU Cooperation

EU allocates €100 mln to support Georgia amid pandemic
Geo
EU Delegation to Georgia expects all political parties can overcome differences to take up parliamentary seats
Geo
European Diplomatic Watch contributes to monitoring of Georgian Parliamentary Elections
Geo

Mobility

Int’l flights will not resume until New Year’s in Georgia
Geo
Wizz Air, AirBaltic, Georgian Airways cancel, postpone flights amid pandemic
Geo

Other

Georgia hosts the U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo
Eng
Georgia to receive coronavirus vaccine in spring
Eng
Georgian gov’t introduces further coronavirus restrictions until Jan. 31
Eng

Russia

State Bodies dealing with Migration

On the introduction of a passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation with an electronic data carrier
Rus
The validity of documents of foreigners can be extended until next summer (with the ref. to the MOI and the new Presidential Decree)
Rus

IOs dealing with Migration

Russia has expanded its commitment with regard to the refugee protection. The country became a full member of the International Organization for Migration
Rus
Russia's accession to the International Organization for Migration is approved
Rus

Migration issues and challenges

Competition for quotas for temporary residence permit, pensions, e-visas and vague prospects for opening borders: what awaits migrants in 2021
Rus
Migrants in Russia may be required to re-obtain a driver's license
Rus
New restrictions on the employment of migrants entered into force in Russia For example, only 15% of foreigners can sell alcohol and tobacco.
Rus
Russian universities will not expel foreign students due to the pandemic
Rus
The complexity of the exam for migrants is proposed to be linked with the purpose of arriving in Russia
Rus

Mobility

Russia is working on the removal of migrants who remain in the country
Rus
Russia Preparing Golden Visa Scheme – Reports. Foreigners could get permanent residency in Russia with a $130,000 investment.
Eng
RVP quotas 2021: distribution of RVP quotas for 2021 - government order on the size of the quota for the issuance of temporary residence permits in Russia to foreign citizens by region
Rus

Labour migration

'Vacancy hangs for three months - not a single appeal.' How Russia deals with the outflow of migrants
Rus
Experts assessed the consequences of the outflow of migrants from Russia The labor shortage can end only after a pandemic
Rus
Operation 'Someone's Hands'. Russians have not replaced migrants in the labor market, now recruiters have to fight for every worker
Rus
The share of foreign workers in 2021 was set
Rus

Remittances

Money transfers from Russia to the CIS soared to a maximum in two years Most of the amount of transfers increased in the direction of Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus
Rus

Other

Putin ordered to grant Russian citizenship in a simplified manner to all citizens of the DPR and LPR
Rus
The President signed the Decree 'On the establishment of the All-Russian public-state organization' Assembly of the Peoples of Russia'
Rus
Which migrants will receive a pension in Russia. The EAEU Agreement on Pension Provision of Workers was ratified in Nov 2020
Rus

Ukraine

EU Cooperation

Deputy PM: No threat to visa-free travel with EU over 'constitutional crisis' in Ukraine
Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

'16 days against violence': The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine joined the global action
Ukr
'The new face of the leadership': Border guards presented to parliamentarians the implementation of best practices in border management
Ukr
An annual conference for the lawyers of Migration Service was held. IMMIS project, implemented by IOM
Ukr
The Development Program of the National Academy of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine until 2025 has been approved
Ukr
The level of public trust in border guards continues to grow
Ukr

IOs dealing with Migration

UNHCR joins the all-Ukrainian campaign for the elimination of violence against women
Eng
UNHCR opens art-installation “Invisible Children: Under the Risk of Statelessness”
Eng
UNHCR urges states to end limbo for stateless people in 2024
Eng

Border Management

EUBAM – 15 Years for Border Management
Eng
EUBAM and its Partner Services hold the 2nd Arms Working Group meeting
Eng
Task Force Tobacco discusses the fight against illicit tobacco trade under the COVID-19
Eng

Mobility

Cabinet approves draft visa-free agreement with Indonesia
Eng
Ukraine cuts consular fees for single-entry e-visa to US$20
Eng
Ukraine signs visa-free agreement with Caribbean state Saint Vincent and Grenadines
Eng
Ukrainians received the most residence permits in the EU. In 2019, Ukrainians received 757 thousand of such permits, of which the vast majority were issued by Poland.
Rus

Labour migration

Ukrainian migrant workers have increased money transfers from abroad (in September)
Rus

Trafficking in Human Beings

Number of persons who have been granted the status of a victim of human trafficking by the Ministry of Social Policy in 2020 - 131 (infographic).
Ukr

Remittances

A third of remittances from Ukraine were sent to Russia this year (infographic)
Rus

Internally Displaced Persons

1,458,999 internally displaced persons are registered
Ukr
Appeal of public organizations in regards to significant reduction of funding for housing programs for internally displaced persons in 2021
Ukr
Government approved grant and project agreement to attract EUR 25.5 million from KFW for housing for IDPs
Eng
Humanitarian actors seek US$168 million to support 1.9 million conflict-affected people in eastern Ukraine
Eng
Humanitarian assistance to population near the contact line: core direction of financial assistance from international partners
Eng
International partners to invest over 150 million USD into development of Donetsk and Lugansk oblast infrastructure
Eng
Overcoming COVID-19 together: A New Life for an IDP Community
Eng
Presentation of a special report of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights «Realization of the right for housing for IDPs».
Eng
The cabinet of ministers has allocated UAH 3.5 million for the purchase of housing for IDPs
Eng
Ukraine to create favorable conditions for business for enabling recovery of Donetsk and Lugansk oblast GCAS
Eng
UNHCR and the EU ensure mobility for social workers along the contact line in Ukraine
Eng
UNHCR Voluntary Relocation project helps families escape conflict in eastern Ukraine
Eng
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