Enhancing cooperation among the Prague Process states

September 2018 News from the Prague Process Region

ARMENIA

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

ARMENPRESS clarifies details from Dutch justice ministry over deportation of two Armenian children

armenpress.am

Eng

Migration issues and challenges

Russia remains preferred destination for Armenian migrants

eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

AZERBAIJAN

 

 

EU Cooperation

21-23 September "European Days in Nakhchivan" events

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Aze

21-23 September "European Days in Nakhchivan" events

facebook.com

Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

State Migration Service organized a mobile service in Beylagan

migration.gov.az

Eng

Relations between State Migration Service and the International Organization for Migration in Azerbaijan discussed

migration.gov.az

Eng

Chief of State Migration Service met with MOBILAZE project coordinator

migration.gov.az

Eng

83 foreigners detained within the framework of the measures against illegal migration during 3 days

migration.gov.az

Eng

Statistics of State Migration Service for August migration.gov.az

Eng

Meeting with the members of the refugee communities settled in Azerbaijan held at State Migration Service migration.gov.az

Eng

68 foreigners detained within the framework of the measures against illegal migration migration.gov.az

Eng

Migration school is arranged by SMS migration.gov.az

Aze

Training on CT for SMS was arranged insanalveri.gov.az

Aze

IOs dealing with Migration

 

ICMPD-Workshop on Profiling and Identification at the border, Nakhchivan 20-21 Oct naxcivantv.azl

Aze

Nakhchivan TV news highlights the MOBILAZE workshop facebook.com

Eng

ICMPD MOBILAZE took part in the EuroVillage held in Nakhchivan city facebook.com

Eng

MOBILAZE SGM in Baku facebook.com

Eng

MOBILAZE ENIGGMA Summer School video is produced youtube.com

Eng

IOM intends to hire Service Provider for Development of Investigation of Citizenship Matters subsystem for the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan iom.az

Eng

IOM intends to hire Service Provider for Development of Payment subsystem for the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan iom.az

Eng

OM intends to hire Service Provider for Development of Analytical reporting subsystem for the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan iom.az

Eng

Other

Population of Azerbaijan increases eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

GEORGIA

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

EC President Juncker praises Georgia’s progress on path towards EU integration agenda.ge

Eng

EU marks 10 years since Russia-Georgia war, condemns Russian aggression agenda.ge

Eng

Deputy SecGen: NATO-Georgia Relations ‘in an Excellent Shape’ Civil.ge

Eng

Bulgaria will cooperate with Belarus and Georgia on labour migration eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

65 Georgian citizens deported from Germany by a charter flight eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

25 candidates to run for president in upcoming elections agenda.ge

Eng

OSCE observation mission will observe presidential elections Rustavi2.ge

Eng

KYRGYZSTAN

 

 

Research Institutes

Record amount of remittances from Kyrgyz labour migrants working in Russia

ru.sputnik.kg Rus

Migration issues and challenges

 

Migrants leaving Kyrgyzstan, 45 % of them are women 24.kg

Eng

Poor quality of workplaces - is the main reason of labour migration from Kyrgyzstan 24.kg

Rus

MOLDOVA

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

European integration remains only sustainable development plan of Moldova. Prime Minister Pavel Filip met Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Negotiations for Enlargement and exchanged views on the implementation of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement, and set out the priorities of the European reform agenda of the government. moldpres.md

Eng

MEP: Moldova can receive EU financial assistance only after elections, when the new government will be formed a-tv.md

Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

Withdrawal of Russian Federation military forces from territory of Moldova en.publika.md

Eng

Transnistrian conflict in the list of UN priorities gov.md

Eng

Agreement between Moldova and Israel on circular migration was extended by five years. The agreement  which implementation is achieving circular migration represents a priority of the state labour migration policy. moldpres.md

Eng

Money transfers from abroad made in favour of individuals through banks of Moldova in 2018 bnm.md

IOs dealing with Migration

 

OSCE Mission in Moldova concerned about unauthorized military exercises held in Security Zone moldpres.md

Eng

Research institutes

 

Inherited Migration (migration of Moldovans to Russia, Italy, Turkey). An article about migration phenomenon in Moldova, migration trends, data behind migrants stories. tol.org

Eng

Migration issues and challenges

 

Expulsion of Turkish citizens from Moldova suspected of ties with an Islamist group en.publika.md

Eng

Remittances rate and trends in 2018. Data by the National Statistics Bureau on the revenues and expenses for the second quarter of 2018 shows that “an important share is held by the money transfers from abroad, with their contribution standing at 16.5 per cent of the revenues moldpres.md

Eng

Migrant stories

 

Migrant story: efficient ways of sending remittances a-tv.md

Eng

UKRAINE

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

The Eastern Partnership European School: New perspectives for youth in the EaP region eeas.europa.eu

Eng

Protecting the rights of Ukrainians employed in Poland high on the agenda of interstate cooperation between Ukraine and Poland msp.gov.ua

Ukr

Discussions about operational activities improvement of SBGSU were held during TWINNING project meeting dpsu.gov.ua

Eng

Eleventh Meeting of the EU-Ukraine Joint Committee on Readmission held in Brussels. EU representatives emphasized the excellent interaction with Ukraine not only in the area of readmission, but also in regards to migration in general. migraciya.com.ua

Ukr

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

1 519 234 IDPs registered. msp.gov.ua

Ukr

The main achievements of Ukraine in combating human trafficking were discussed at the 2018 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting. In Ukraine, the number of identified victims of human trafficking has increased. Thus, in 2017, the Ministry of Social Policy identified 198 victims of human traficking, which exceeded the indicator of 2016 (110) by 88%). During the first half of 2018, the MoSP registered 112 THB victims, exceeding the number of registered during the whole 2016 (110 people). msp.gov.ua

Ukr

Over two thousands of irregular migrants revealed in Ukraine over the month eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

Ukraine to grant refugee status to a journalist who has fled from Kazakhstan pravda.com.ua

Ukr

State Migration Service of Ukraine visits Azerbaijan to establish bilateral cooperation between migration authorities of both countries migraciya.com.ua

Ukr

IOs and Missions dealing with Migration

 

IOM to implement new project in Ukraine. A 15 months project "Promotion of Investment in Ukraine among Migrants and Diaspora" starts October 1. msp.gov.ua

Ukr

Expert discussion on the provision of psychosocial support to IDPs held in Kyiv coe.int

Eng

Round table “Protection of human rights of internally displaced persons: ensuring housing rights” held in Kyiv coe.int

Eng

Test-session of the Ukrainian part of the HELP course on internal displacement took place in Kyiv coe.int

Eng

Behind IDP Status: Observance of the rights of internally displaced ua.undp.org

Eng

Panel meeting on integrated border management took place in Odessa eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

Research Institutes

For past three years, the number of Ukrainian students in Poland has tripled - the Institute of Public Affairs (Poland)

hromadske.ua

Ukr

Migration issues and challenges

 

Number of applications for employment of Ukrainians in Poland decreased by 25% hromadske.ua

Ukr

Only 10% of Ukrainian students in Poland plan to return to Ukraine - the ambassador of Ukraine hromadske.ua

Ukr

Border Management

In August 2018, 378,920 People Crossed Administrative Border with Crimea mtot.gov.ua

Eng

In August 1,319,700 People Crossed Demarcation Line in the East of Ukraine mtot.gov.ua

Eng

Border guards detected 4 thousand packs of smuggled cigarettes in Transcarpathia dpsu.gov.ua

Eng

Mobility

Ukraine, Georgia to simplify travels of their citizens to both countries eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

Over a million Ukrainians use visa-free regime with EU countries eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

Other

More Than 140 Events That Could Destabilize Situation Inside the Country Were Recorded in August mtot.gov.ua

Eng

Ukraine and Moldova share experience in reconciliation, reintegration of the population, occupied territories and country development mtot.gov.ua

Ukr

CEC Simplified a Procedure for Polling Station Change for IDPs of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts mtot.gov.ua Eng

UZBEKISTAN

 

EU Cooperation

 

EU steps up its strategy for connecting Europe and Asia eeas.europa.eu

Eng

BOMCA: Law Enforcement Agencies of Uzbekistan Improve Their Skills in Prevention and Detection of Illegal Trafficking of Goods and Means of Transport eeas.europa.eu

Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

Ministers of Labour of Uzbekistan and Russia discuss employment and demography issues uzdaily.com

Eng

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to hold joint military exercises uzdaily.com

Eng

Senate approved the Law on State Customs Service gazeta.uz

Rus

IOs dealing with Migration

 

Uzbek Interior Ministry, FBI discuss cooperation in combating international terrorism uzdaily.com

Eng

Uzbek FM receives Special Representative of UN Secretary-General uzdaily.com

Eng

17th CAREC Customs Cooperation Committee Meeting carecprogram.org

Eng

Fourth Joint Meeting of the CAREC Customs Cooperation Committee and CAREC Federation of Carriers and Forwarder Associations carecprogram.org

Eng

CARICC: Strengthening Interregional Cooperation in Countering Illicit Drug Trafficking unodc.org

Rus

UNODC Facilitated a Study Tour to the Uzbek-Tajik Border-Crossing Point unodc.org

Eng

OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe holds training course on emergency first aid for border service staff osce.org

Eng

Other

 

Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan hold consultations on consular issues uzdaily.com

Eng

“The situation in the region requires a permanent alert” - the Minister of Defence gazeta.uz

Rus

WESTERN BALKANS & TURKEY

 

 

EU and Regional Cooperation

 

EU Budget 2019: MEPs increase funding on migration, 58 mill. EUR in pre-accession support for the Western Balkans europarl.europa.eu

Eng

Juncker appeals for EU unity over Western Balkans balkaninsight.com

Eng

Germany urges EU to rival China in Western Balkans euobserver.com

Eng

Western Balkans Ministerial Conference in Vienna: Signature of Prüm Agreement for Southeast Europe eu2018.at

Eng

Western Balkans Reflection Forum Series Conference held in Sarajevo within Austria's EU Presidency oefz.at

Eng

Regional event on municipal response to migration movements and emergency situations held in Sarajevo marri-rc.org.mk

Eng

Western Balkans and EU Youth Representatives gather at the Model European Parliament CSEE in Vienna mepcsee.eu

Eng

ALBANIA

 

 

EU Cooperation

Germany guaranties support for Albania’s integration processes and internal reforms punetejashtme.gov.al

Eng

Germany urges Albania to press reform process with eye on EU membership rferl.org

Eng

Albania and Macedonia launch screening process for Chapter 23 europeanwesternbalkans.com

Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Central Bank Governor Sejko: "High migration, poor skills hampering Albania’s productivity" tiranatimes.com

Eng

Other

 

Air Albania national carrier launches flights kryeministria.al

Eng

Pipeline construction workers find dozens of ancient sites in Albania euronews.com

Eng

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

OSCE Assessment of the Migrant and Refugee Situation in BiH presented at a press conference in Sarajevo osce.org

Eng

Days of Bosnia and Herzegovina held in Vienna, Austria www.mvp.gov.ba

Bos

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Minister of Security Mektić: 14.969 migrant evidented so far, 399 asylum applications, arrival numbers declining dnevnik.ba

Bos

Council of Ministers forms a Working Group to produce a Strategy for Diaspora Cooperation sluzbenilist.ba

Bos

Bosnian police detain two migrants in Sarajevo, find weapons reuters.com

Eng

IOs dealing with Migration

 

IOM urges Bosnia to house migrants camping in tents balkaninsight.com

Eng

Red Cross: Population movement - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) Update reliefweb.int

Eng

Analysis: Flow Monitoring Surveys, Bosnia and Herzegovina (September 2018) reliefweb.int

Eng

Migrant stories

 

Refugees in Bosnia: Waiting for winter at the EU gates dw.com

Eng

Other

Campaign gets underway for general election in Bosnia and Herzegovina balkaninsight.com Eng

KOSOVO

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

European Parliament votes in favor of talks on visa liberalization for Kosovo www.rferl.org

Eng

Council's decision on visas in December, says Kosovo EU Minister www.gazetaexpress.com

Eng

Other

Thousands protest in Kosovo over possible land swap with Serbia www.rferl.org

Eng

Kosovo Agency of Statistics:  Labor Force Survey in Kosovo, Q2 2018 ask.rks-gov.net

Eng

FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

Name-change referendum fails to reach threshold www.bbc.com

Eng

Foreign Minister Dimitrov: "Agreement with Greece is the key to the EU door" mfa.gov.mk

Eng

2nd EU-Western Balkans Media Days conference held on 17-18 September in Skopje europa.eu

Eng

West in Diplomatic Push to Boost Macedonia Referendum balkaninsight.com

Eng

MONTENEGRO

EU Cooperation

 

Montenegrin law students visit the Council of Europe coe.int

Eng

Border police study visit to Norway mup.gov.me

Mon

Montenegro to host migrants from Italy balkaninsight.com

Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

Regional Project for Combatting THB in Albania, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, and Kosovo launched in Nikšić cssplatform.org

Eng

National Office for Fight against THB receives a visit from Californian counterparts antitrafficking.gov.me

Mon

SERBIA

 

 

EU Cooperation

Frontex to help Serbia manage migrant challenge balkaninsight.com Eng
European Border and Coast Guard: Agreement reached on operational cooperation with Serbia ec.europa.eu Eng

Vučić says deal with Kosovo should guarantee Serbia’s eventual EU membership

www.rferl.org Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

34 people arrested for human trafficking since the beginning of the year mup.gov.rs

Srb

IOs dealing with Migration

 

UNHCR Serbia Factsheet - September 2018 reliefweb.int

Eng

Migrant stories

Afghan boy artist to hold another exhibition in Belgrade titled "Gratitude to Serbia"

rrs.n1info.com Srb

Research

Summer School in Belgrade: Migration on the Western Balkans - From Transit to Reception, 24-28 September 2018

borders-in-motion.de Eng

Other

Group of women from Vranje in the south of Serbia start a social enterprise to feed refugees balkans.aljazeera.net

Srb

Serbia introduces preschool for refugee children balkans.aljazeera.net

Srb

Refugees from Kosovo living in poverty in Serbia: report balkaninsight.com

Eng

TURKEY

 

EU Cooperation

 

Turkey’s Erdogan arrives in Germany on bridge-building visit apnews.com

Eng

Turkey, Germany pledge to boost economic and strategic relations trtworld.com

Eng

Opinion: Turkey stands between Europe and the next refugee crisis nytimes.com

Eng

EU lawmakers cancel Turkey funds over democracy shortfalls apnews.com

Eng

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

Minister of Interior received the Minister of Refugees and Repatriations of Afghanistan mia.gov.tr

Eng

Ministry of Interior launches registration update for Syrians under temporary protection goc.gov.tr

Eng

Migrant stories

How Syrian artists are livening up Turkey’s art scene

al-monitor.com Eng
Turkish NGO aims to help Syrian women refugees integrate into society trtworld.com Eng

Other

First Lady Emine Erdogan receives Humanitarian Service Award at the Global Donors Forum in London

skylife.com Eng

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