Enhancing cooperation among the Prague Process states

ICMPD Eastern Dimension Director, Mr. Martijn Pluim, and the Prague Process Secretariat participated in the international conference "Combating Illegal Migration: Actual calls, operational experience and interaction of modern conditions" held in Minsk, Belarus, on 25–26 April 2013. The conference was organised by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus and the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States and gathered almost 60 participants from CIS member states and CIS bodies, as well as representatives of EU Member States, Frontex, ICMPD, IOM and UNHCR. The participants adopted a concluding document, which underlines the importance of close cooperation in combating illegal migration, while keeping the spirit of solidarity and joint responsibility of countries of origin, transit and destination. The joint objective is to prevent negative impacts such as xenophobia, discrimination, racism and anti-migration sentiments through information campaigns on the positive impact of migration and mobility. The concluding document lists nine areas of concrete cooperation between the participating states on bilateral and multilateral levels, including information exchange and analysis, concluding of relevant agreements such as readmission agreements, awareness campaigns, joint operational-preventive actions, the involvement of international and non-governmental organisations and the provision of assistance to vulnerable groups of migrants. Mr. Pluim's speech at the conference can be downloaded in English and in Russian.