Enhancing cooperation among the Prague Process states

July / August 2018 News from the Prague Process Region

                                                         

ARMENIA

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

For the Armenia-EU visa regime liberalization, a preliminary, particularly specialized dialogue is required - the Ambassador of France

ru.1in.am

Rus

EU survey, costs of Schengen visas, financial support to Armenia: press conference of the Head of EUD in Armenia

armrus.info

Rus

Petr Svitalsky: Agreement on visa liberalisation with Armenia will not be changed

panorama.am

Rus

Mathias Kisler, German Ambassador in Armenia, told the head of State Migration Service about specificity of consideration of readmission applications

arminfo.info

Rus

Merkel's historic visit to Armenia: Yerevan and Berlin ready for cooperation without geopolitical reversals blognews.am Rus
Germany Will Do Everything for EU Visa Liberalization for Armenia: Merkel lragir.am Eng

AZERBAIJAN

 

 

EU Cooperation

Migration: Bright minds mobilised for the future of the South Caucasus

eeas.europa.eu

Eng

EU-Azerbaijan Business Forum 2018

youtube.com

Eng

Eurovillage

facebook.com

Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Foreigner who detained for violating the requirements of migration legislation turned out to be on the wanted list of Interpol

migration.gov.az

Eng

Conference on citizenship issues held at Qakh by State Migration Service

migration.gov.az

Eng

Employees of the State Migration Service participate at the international summer school on migration research

migration.gov.az

Eng

Information of the Public Relations Department of State Migration Service

migration.gov.az

Eng

Foreigners and stateless persons will be able to obtain labor visa electronically

migration.gov.az

Eng

Amendments to the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan related to migration entered into force

migration.gov.az

Eng

The Chief of State Migration Service met with UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan

migration.gov.az

Eng

62 foreigners detained during the measures against illegal migration

migration.gov.az

Eng

Information of the State Migration Service regarding the issuance of permits for temporary and permanent residence within the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan

migration.gov.az

Eng

74 foreigners brought to administrative responsibility by the State Migration Service

migration.gov.az

Eng

57 foreigners detained during the measures against illegal migration in the last two days

migration.gov.az

Eng

42 foreigners detained during the measures against illegal migration by State Migration Service

migration.gov.az

Eng

The registration at the place of residence will be available for foreigners and stateless persons wishing to stay in Azerbaijan for more than 15 days

facebook.com

Eng

A press conference dedicated to the results of the six months of 2018 held at the State Migration Service

migration.gov.az

Eng

Azerbaijani president allocates funds for additional measures on social protection of the population - DOST

azernews.az

Eng

IOs dealing with Migration

 

MOBILAZE. Publication of the “Recommendations for the Roadmap to Refugee Integration Policy in Azerbaijan"

icmpd.org

Eng

International Summer School on Migration from 1 to 7 July 2018 in Azerbaijan

facebook.com

Eng

IOM held workshop for consular officers on combating human trafficking and protection of migrants’ rights iom.az

Eng

Workshop on exploring migrant vulnerabilities and root causes of human trafficking in Azerbaijan held in Baku iom.az

Eng

Second Regional Consultation on Facilitating Dialogue on Voluntary Return and Reintegration held in Nakhchivan iom.az

Eng

Training of Trainers (ToT) on Irregular Migration, Combatting Smuggling of Migrants and Trafficking in Human Beings for the State Border Service iom.az

Eng

GEORGIA

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

Angela Merkel: “Germany supports Georgia. That’s why I am here”

Agenda.ge

Eng

German gov’t supports bill to put Georgia on the safe country list

Agenda.ge

Eng

The August war - Foreign Ministries of different countries spread announcements supporting Georgia

Rustavi 2

Eng

Angela Merkel’s visit to Georgia on the 10th anniversary of the August war is symbolic - Ambassador of Georgia to Germany

Rustavi 2

Eng

Mamuka Bakhtadze meets with Janos Herman. A Prime Minister of Georgia met with the EU Ambassador to Georgia Janos Herman, who ends his term in the country. The sides discussed an agenda of the Georgia-EU relations and talked about progress achieved. Rustavi 2

Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Georgia tries to reduce asylum seekers from the country to Europe

Agenda.ge

Eng

Georgian government welcomes Germany‘s proposal to put Georgia on safe country list Agenda.ge

Eng

Research institutes

 

NDI research states  that favorable attitudes towards NATO and EU integration is increased in Georgia

Netgazeti.ge

Geo

IOs dealing with Migration

 

Int’l Organization for Migration: Number of Georgian asylum seekers in EU decreasing

Agenda.ge

Eng

Georgia marks a day of fighting against trafficking Rustavi 2

Eng

KYRGYZSTAN

 

 

Migration issues and challenges

 

Kyrgyz migrants should acquire profession in home country. Interview with director of a large international company for interaction with state and public structures in Russia and the CIS

ru.sputnik.kg

Rus

nfluence of remittances to the real estate prices in Kyrgyzstan. Infographics

ru.sputnik.kg

Rus

MOLDOVA

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

EU freezes aid to Moldova as row over mayoral election festers

reuters.com

Eng

Moldova's commitment to European integration into question blogs.lse.ac.uk

Eng

EU aid suspension for Moldova rferl.org

Eng

Payment of the first installment of the EU assistance, suspended. EU announced it had frozen a 100 million euro aid package to Moldova after a disputed mayoral election race in the capital Chisinau which critics say undermined the country’s democratic credentials trm.md

Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

Anti-government protesters upset over alleged corruption and a disputed election

euronews.com

Eng

Massive protests against the Democratic Party-led government. rferl.org

Eng

More than 1,200 enterprises have been funded through the PARE 1 + 1 "Remittances in Economy". The Pare 1+1 for the years 2010-2018 is intended for migrant workers or first-degree relatives who want to invest in initiating or expanding a small business trm.md

Eng

IOs dealing with Migration

 

OSCE mission concerned about security zone in separatist area Transnistria

unian.info

Eng

NGOs dealing with Migration

Will a Global Magnitsky Act help Moldova? Legislative initiative to align Moldova to the Global Magnitsky Act was registered which aims to prevent suspected individuals connected to large-scale money laundering, corruption, or human rights abuses from entering Moldova, access its banking system, or apply for its citizenship, and pledges to confiscate their assets if they can be traced to illicit activities.

emerging-europe.com Eng

Research institutes

 

Moldova’s European integration is affected by government’s artificiality towards EU, opinion – study

ipn.md

Eng

Migration issues and challenges

 

EU adopt prescreening for visa free regime

rferl.org

Eng

DOR program participants visited Moldovan parliament. The DOR program is organized each year in August and gathers 80 diaspora from different countries and 20 young people from Moldova. The purpose of the camp is to strengthen the emotional, cultural and identity ties of the diaspora youth with the native country. moldpres.md

Eng

More than $115 million sent to Moldova from abroad in July trm.md

Eng

More than 100 children from the diaspora gathered at the "DOR" camp. National programs for children from Moldovan diaspora. trm.md

Eng

Diaspora Congress in Chisinau organized. 150 representatives of diaspora gathered in Chisinau. tribuna.md

Eng

Migrant stories

 

Survey: 12% of Moldovans say they have returned home from abroad and do not intend to go back. Migrations trends and statistics regarding return migration

trm.md

Eng

Representative of Diaspora: government wants those who left not to return home tribuna.md

Eng

UKRAINE

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

Coordination Council has been established to inform about European integration

bykvu.com

Rus

Zubko: 70 regional projects funded by EU to be implemented in Ukraine

ukrinform.net

Eng

EU gives Ukraine EUR 15.5 mln to improve public administration

ukrinform.net

Eng

EU Programme sums up 15 years of Cross-Border Cooperation Between Poland, Belarus and Ukraine

eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

Ukraine will face influx of migrants - State Border Service

fakty.ictv.ua

Ukr

In the Kharkiv region, irregular migration channel has been eliminated

glavcom.ua

Ukr

Migrant' special operation to continue until Sept

en.interfax.com.ua

Eng

Border Guard Service of Ukraine seeks to modernize ships, boats, buy new ones for maritime border guard

en.interfax.com.ua

Eng

During two weeks in Ukraine, more than a thousand of irregular migrants were identified.

1tv.kr.ua

Rus

Government will allocate UAH 105.98 million for improvements of the border crossing point at the administrative border with the occupied Crimea

mtot.gov.ua

Ukr

Registered 1 518 283 IDPs in Ukraine

msp.gov.ua

Ukr

The Instruction on Implementing a National Mechanism of assessment of Integrated Border Management in Ukraine was presented in the Administration of SBGSU

dpsu.gov.ua

Eng

A working group for integration of Roma people has been established. The working group comprised of representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, National Police, State Migration Service, National Academy of Internal Affairs, Council of Europe Office in Ukraine, Ministry of Social Policy, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Culture, State Security Service, Kyiv City Administration, Roma NGOs.

pravda.com.ua

Ukr

Over 3 million biometric passports issued to Ukrainians this year

ukrinform.net

Eng

Border guards eliminated irregular migration channel from Ukraine to Poland

rbc.ua

Rus

Ukrainian government approves plan for implementing migration policy strategy

eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

Border crossing point on the Moldovan-Ukrainian border will be connected to the Odessa-Reni highway

eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

In 2018 Ukrainian border guards identified more than 1400 irregular migrants

eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

Two Ukrainians are suspected of illegally transporting 71 migrants to Italy

eapmigrationpanel.org Eng

IOs and Missions dealing with Migration

 

IDPs’ average income is one third lower than Ukraine’s national subsistence level

iom.org.ua

Eng

National monitoring system report on the situation of internally displaced persons. IOM, MSP, MTOT, June 2018

iom.org.ua

Eng

Active youth from Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts will learn about safe migration, human trafficking prevention, diversity and tolerance. Youth Summer School for active youth from Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts

iom.org.ua

Eng

The maze runner: IOM Ukraine raises awareness and informs Ukrainians about the dangers of human trafficking. ‘The Maze of Risks and Opportunities’, installed not only in the capital, but in every regional centre of Ukraine, provides the opportunity to participate in a thematic quest. Getting into the maze, the visitors have to find the way out, and, moreover, to find the way how to avoid possible risks that may lead to getting into the situation of human trafficking. All scenarios are based on real recruitment stories.

iom.org.ua

Eng

Polish National Revenue Administration visited EUBAM

eubam.org

Eng

EUBAM together with its Partner Services look for opportunity to invigorate the inter-agency mobile units

eubam.org

Eng

Migration issues and challenges

 

In Lithuania, the number of Ukrainian immigrants has increased. There are currently 54 393 foreign born residents out of whom 15 291 are citizens of Ukraine (55.4% greater than last year).

unian.ua

Ukr

Ukraine as a transit route for irregular migrants to Europe unian.ua

Ukr

Since the end of March 377 thousand emigrants left Ukraine - Ukrainianpeopleleaks. For statistics  data articulated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavel Klimkin was used. obozrevatel.com

Rus

Remittances sent to Ukraine increased by one third - National Bank of Ukraine finance.liga.net

Rus

Labour migrants abroad transfer almost USD 10 billion a year to Ukraine 112.ua

Rus

Labour migration to Poland turns into emigration realist.online

Rus

Migration: Ukrainians massively buy up housing in Poland etcetera.media

Rus

About 200 thousand Ukrainians received Pole's cards - the ambassador hromadske.ua

Ukr

Most Ukrainians in Poland are ready to move to Germany if they open the labour market pravda.com.ua

Ukr

Poland admitted economy growth by virtue of labour migrants from Ukraine rbc.ua

Rus

Labour migration slows down economic growth in Ukraine - the National Bank of Ukraine. According to the National Bank's inflation report. epravda.com.ua

Ukr

The National Bank expects an increase of remittances to Ukraine. Due to the growth of labour migration. rbc.ua

Rus

Migration from Ukraine could be a threat to country's future economic prosperity - Danylyshyn ukrinform.net Eng
Minister of Social Policy said 10 million Russian labour migrants could come to Ukraine. dialog.ua Rus
About 9 mln Ukrainians migrate abroad every year for seasonal work ukrinform.net Eng

Migrant Stories

Paid with meals: Ukrainian national has been trafficked to Kazakhstan

styler.rbc.ua Rus

Mobility

Ukraine to provide long-term visas for Estonians for free

eapmigrationpanel.org Eng

Ukraine and Serbia to increase the period of visa-free stay from 30 to 90 days within 180 days

eapmigrationpanel.org Eng

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine changed border crossing rules for minors

eapmigrationpanel.org Eng

Over one million Ukrainians already enjoy EU visa-free regime

eapmigrationpanel.org Eng

Ukraine offers Moldova to build bridge across Dniester

ukrinform.net Eng

In the first half of 2018 foreigners visited Ukraine more than 6 million times

eapmigrationpanel.org Eng

Other

 

Former Ukrainian Defense Minister Yezhel gets refugee status in Belarus – counterintelligence

en.interfax.com.ua

Eng

Ukraine’s population decreased by about 123 thousand people in first half of 2018. In the first half of 2018, the population of Ukraine decreased by 123 thousand people, and as of July 1 it amounted to 42.263,900 people.

ukrinform.net

Eng

Ukrainians will get the opportunity to send remittances from Europe without paying commission

eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

UZBEKISTAN

 

EU Cooperation

 

The EU and the countries of Central Asia held their High-level Political and Security Dialogue

eeas.europa.eu

Eng

Uzbekistan: EU to open negotiations on new comprehensive agreement

consilium.europa.eu

Eng

BOMCA: Kazakhstan hosts the 3rd Conference of Regional Cooperation in the field of Border Security

bomca-eu.org

Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

President signs law “On Countering Extremism”

uzdaily.com

Eng

Uzbekistan to allocate USD 26 mln for establishing Migrant Support Foundation

news.tj

Rus

IOs dealing with Migration

 

The UNODC Border Liaison Offices Support Profiling Training for Border Guards of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

unodc.org

Eng

IBM I2 Intelligence Analysis Software: Improving Skills of Law Enforcement Officers in Central Asia

unodc.org

Eng

The Power of Magnet: The UNODC Border Liaison Offices support information campaign on the borders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

unodc.org

Eng

UNODC Continues Supporting Counter-Narcotics Interagency Mobile Teams in Uzbekistan: Training on Improving Search, Inspection and Profiling Skills

unodc.org

Eng

UNODC and Uzbekistan Cooperate to Bring Penal Legislation in Line with International Standards

unodc.org

Eng

Mobility

 

Uzbekistan launches a system for issuing electronic entry visas (e-visa.gov.uz)

Eng

Over 2,780 foreign citizens applied to electronic visa via website e-visa.gov.uz

Eng

Other

 

Uzbekistan – Kazakhstan negotiations on demarcation of the state border

mfa.uz

Eng

Meeting of working groups of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan

mfa.uz

Eng

President ratifies agreement on the border with Tajikistan

uzdaily.com

Eng

70 border violators detained in June

gazeta.uz

Rus

Meeting of working groups of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan in Fergana

mfa.uz

Eng

Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan discuss delimitation and demarcation of borders

uzdaily.com

Eng

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan hold joint border exercises

uzdaily.com

Eng

WESTERN BALKANS & TURKEY

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

UK hosts 5th Western Balkans Summit

gov.uk

Eng

Frontex publishes analyses for the Western Balkans in 2017 and 1st quarter of 2018

frontex.europa.eu

Eng

EU begins screening Macedonia, Albania for mid-2019 accession talks

af.reuters.com

Eng

ALBANIA

 

 

EU Cooperation

EU Comission financed border crossing Morine - Kukes inaugurated

mb.gov.al

Alb

Foreign Minister Bushati: Migration crisis is a European crisis and demands a European response

punetejashtme.gov.al

Eng

Western Balkans PMs discuss next EU integration steps at informal meeting in Albania

mia.mk

Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

President passes a law that formalizes teaching of the Albanian language in diaspora

diaspora.gov.al

Eng

IOs dealing with Migration

 

OSCE supports visit of border officials from Albania and Montenegro to Tajikistan

osce.org

Eng

Frontex: Migratory pressure on Albania is growing

balkaneu.com

Eng

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

Additional  €6 million from the European Commission to BiH for migration management

europa.eu

Eng

Czech Republic donates  €1 million to BiH for modernizing border protection

msb.gov.ba

Bos

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Online platform for registration of aliens in BiH

"E-Stranac" becomes operational

sps.gov.ba

Eng

Federation of BiH Tax Administration calls for taxation of remittances

pufbih.ba

Bos

IOs dealing with Migration

 

Minister of Security meets USAID Director to discuss migration and deradicalization

msb.gov.ba

Bos

CEB provides IOM with a €1 million grant for a reception facility in Bosnia and Herzegovina

coebank.org

Eng

Migrant stories

 

Migrant influx stirs fresh tensions in Bosnia

ft.com

Eng

Diaspora & Development: Harvard educated young woman returns to BiH to start a business

balkans.aljazeera.net

Bos

Other

Research project "Mapping the Bosnian Diaspora" published in English and Bosnian

mhrr.gov.ba

Eng

KOSOVO

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

European Commission Confirms Kosovo Qualifies For Visa-Free Travel In Europe

europa.eu

Eng

President Thaçi met with the Austrian Chancellor Kurz, Commissioner Hahn and President Vučić

president-ksgov.net

Eng

FYR MACEDONIA

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

FYR Macedonia allows European Border and Coast Guard to be deployed on its territory

europa.eu

Eng

OSCE/ODIHR to deploy 270 observers to monitor name referendum

mia.mk

Eng

MONTENEGRO

EU Cooperation

 

Montenegrin PM meets with Angela Merkel to discuss EU accession and migration

bundeskanzlerin.de

Ger

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Montenegro deploys military to border with Albania

b92.net

Eng

Montenegro to open its "Citizenship by Investment" Program by October 1st 2018

gov.me

Eng

SERBIA

 

 

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

Vice-PM of Serbia meets Interior Minister of Turkey to discuss security cooperation

mup.gov.rs

Srb

40 refugee families in Sremska Mitrovica receive keys to a new home

kirs.gov.rs

Eng

Serbia, Montenegro sign cross-border agreements

b92.net

Eng

Kosovo's President, Belgrade Willing To Consider Border Changes

rferl.org

Eng

IOs dealing with Migration

 

UNHCR Serbia Snapshot - July 2018

reliefweb.int

Eng

Other

EU Funded 2-day pottery workshop held in migrant camp Obrenovac

euinfo.rs

Srb

TURKEY

 

EU Cooperation

 

Switzerland Funds UN Migration Agency to Expand Migration Monitoring Program in Turkey

reliefweb.int

Eng

EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: EUR 400 million Special Measure on education adopted

europa.eu

Eng

Turkey's Directorate General for Migration Management performs a study visit to Sweden (MIND)

goc.gov.tr

Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

Inauguration of the Honorary Consulate of Serbia in Antalya, Turkey 

mfa.gov.tr

Eng

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