Enhancing cooperation among the Prague Process states

October 2018 News from the Prague Process Region

 



 

ARMENIA

 

 

 

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

 

 

Positive dynamics has been registered in Armenia in the first half of this year

lragir.am

Arm

 

Armenia refused 78 asylum seekers this year

panorama.am

Eng

 

Ways how to address housing needs of refugees. Armenian authorities develop solutions.

armeniasputnik.am

Rus

 

During the first half of 2018, 2490 Armenian citizens applied for asylum in the EU countries

news.am

Rus

 

Migration issues and challenges

 

 

Migration rates of Armenian citizens slowed down

eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

 

AZERBAIJAN

 

 

 

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

 

Chief of the State Migration Service met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Germany to our country

migration.gov.az

Eng

 

State Migration Service organized a mobile service in Zagatala

migration.gov.az

Eng

 

Statistics of the calls received by the Call Center (919) of State Migration Service within the last 10 days

migration.gov.az

Eng

 

169 foreigners detained within the measures against illegal migration by State Migration Service

migration.gov.az

Eng

 

State Migration Service organized a mobile service in Ivanovka, Rushan and Galagah villages

migration.gov.az

Eng

 

Seminar held on "Global migration trends and impacts of these trends on migration policy issues"

migration.gov.az

Eng

 

Results of "ASAN service index" announced

migration.gov.az

Eng

 

State Migration Service to launch a new project with “ASAN Radio”

migration.gov.az

Eng

 

92 foreigners detained within the measures against illegal migration

migration.gov.az

Eng

 

State Migration Service received 81.600 calls during the 9 months

migration.gov.az

Eng

 

1135 foreigners attended the courses organized by the Training Center of the State Migration Service

migration.gov.az

Eng

 

IOs dealing with Migration

  

 

The third workshop on evaluation and collecting lessons learnt on document security for Azerbaijani border guards and migration officials during 6-8 November 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

facebook.com

Aze

 

Workshop on Developing an individual plan of integration for refugees in the Republic of Azerbaijan, 2 November 2018, Baku

facebook.com

Eng

 

Workshop on Asylum Procedures and Complementary Protection

facebook.com

Eng

 

Study visit to Poland during 22-26 October 2018

facebook.com

Eng

 

Migration Studies Weekend on Migration and Security on 17 and 18 November in Baku

facebook.com

Eng

 

EU anti-trafficking day is marked in Azerbaijan

iom.az

Eng

 

Training of Trainers Program for Criminal Prosecution Authorities in Azerbaijan

iom.az

Eng

 

Workshop on Advance Passenger Information (API) systems for the Azerbaijan customs, immigration service, visa service and selected airlines

iom.az

Eng

 

UN migration agency launches integrated rural development project for internally displaced communities in Azerbaijan

eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

 

Other

 

 

 

VI Baku International Baku Humanitarian Forum – 25-26 October 2018

azernews.az

Eng

 

GEORGIA

 

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

 

EU Statement on Georgia's Presidential Elections

civil.ge

Eng

 

European Parliament on Georgian-EU association deal: Georgia is on good reform track 

agenda.ge

Eng

 

Final results for presidential elections released

agenda.ge

Eng

 

KAZAKHSTAN

 

 

 

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

 

Government of Kazakhstan intends to change border crossing procedures on Kazakh-Russian border

informburo.kz

Rus

 

KYRGYZSTAN

 

 

 

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

 

Border Service commented the case of sending Kyrgyz citizens to Siriya

24.kg

Rus

 

Migration Service of Kyrgyzstan to open office in Turkey

akipress.com

Eng

 

Border guards assisting to terrorists are arrested in Kyrgyzstan

vb.kg

Rus

 

Kyrgyz Foreign Affairs Minister: a breakthrough is possible in cross-border issues with Uzbekistan

knews.kg

Rus

 

IOs

 

 

An assembly of Central Asian countries was proposed at OSCE meeting in Bishkek

knews.kg

Rus

 

Research institutes

 

 

Slavery index of Europe and Central Asia – Kyrgyzstan has 22 place

24.kg

 

Rus

 

Migration issues and challenges

 

 

Some of Kyrgyz citizens will be granted a migration amnesty in Russia 

24.kg

Rus

 

After accessing  EAEC, number of legal Kyrgyz labour migrants has increased 

24.kg

Rus

 

Gender balance of Kyrgyz labour migrants

24.kg

Rus

 

One of the reason of labour migration from Kyrgyzstan – poor quality of working places

24.kg

 

 

Other

 

 

ISIS tries to create new resource centre of caliphate in Central Asia

24.kg

Rus

 

MOLDOVA

 

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

 

The European Integration amendment to the Constitution has failed to achieve the necessary amount of votes

moldova.org

Eng

 

Top European bank to provide ten million euros for development of small, medium-sized enterprises of Moldova

moldpres.md

Eng

 

Angela Merkel accuses Russia of destabilizing the situation in the Republic of Moldova (RU and EN)

dw.com

Rus

 

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

 

Labour Migration Agreement Bulgaria-Moldova Takes Effect

bta.bg

Eng

 

Russian militaries refuse to follow the procedures established in the Security Zone

moldova.org

Eng

 

IOs dealing with Migration

 

 

Tudor Ulianovschi minister thanked OIM for their support in repatriating Moldovans from Spain

en.publika.md

Eng

 

Customs experts from the two banks of the Nistru River deepen knowledge on IPR enforcement

eubam.org

Eng

 

Migration issues and challenges

 

 

The procedure for obtaining the Moldovan visa and residence permit will be simplified for 60 states

moldova.org

Eng

 

The volume of remittances to Moldova through banks in favor of individuals in January-September 2018 amounted to $ 955.05 million, an increase of 9.5%, compared with the same period of 2017

infomarket.md

Eng

 

Other

 

 

Money transfers to private persons reach almost one billion dollars in Moldova in first nine months of 2018

eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

 

TURKMENISTAN

 

 

 

IOs dealing with Migration

 

 

 

Regional training on countering terrorism started in Ashgabat

unrcca.unmissions.org

Eng

 

Combatting illicit trafficking in cultural property focus of OSCE-organized Turkmen-Afghan workshop in Turkmenistan

osce.org

Eng

 

UKRAINE

 

 

 

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

 

1 522 743 IDPS registered

msp.gov.ua

Ukr

 

In September 2018, 266,504 People Crossed Administrative Border

mtot.gov.ua

Eng

 

Launch of Water Purification Installation, Renovation of Medical Facilities, Housing for IDPs – Results of Visit of Minister Vadym Chernysh to Mariupol

mtot.gov.ua

Eng

 

The Ministry of Social Policy uses new methods for combating trafficking in human beings. MoSP held a workshop for labor inspectors from all regions of Ukraine on the topic: "The role of labor inspectors in the work of the national cooperation mechanism for combating trafficking in human beings".

msp.gov.ua

Ukr

 

MoSP aims to create conditions for the return of Ukrainian migrants. The government actively works to increase wages, including the level of minimum wages, as Ukrainian employers have already faced a shortage of skilled workers in the labor market. MoSP aims to co-operate with the governments of the countries where the most of Ukrainians work to ensure their social and legal protection, and studies experience of other European countries that are developing programs for the return of migrants. IOM offered to help with this initiative by conducting relevant research.

msp.gov.ua

Ukr

 

Belarus, Ukraine sign Agreement on Readmission

eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

 

Every sixth labour migrant can face problems with pensions payments - Minister of Social Policy. Ukraine has agreements on labor migration with 21 countries, which provide for the mechanism of social protection of Ukrainian citizens. However, Ukraine and Poland has not yet concluded such an agreement. The Minister of Social Policy intends that such an agreement could be signed before the end of 2018.

economics.unian.net

Rus

 

More than 450 thousand Ukrainians have received temporary asylum in Russia since 2014, reported by Moscow.

ua.interfax.com.ua

Ukr

 

IOs and Missions dealing with Migration

 

 

IOM marks 20 years of counter-trafficking in Ukraine

iom.org.ua

Eng

 

Helping migrants make informed decisions

iom.org.ua

Eng

 

IOM grantees showcase their products at a top fair in Kyiv

iom.org.ua

Eng

 

New IOM publication contributes to prosecution of traffickers in Ukraine

iom.org.ua

Eng

 

Workshop «Human Rights Protection of IDPs: Council of Europe Standards and National Challenges» took place in Odessa

coe.int

Eng

 

Call for tender on purchase of international consultants services for the Council of Europe Project “Internal Displacement in Ukraine: Building Solutions”

coe.int

Eng

 

Real-time intelligence exchange leads to seizure of seven million cigarettes at EU external border

eubam.org

Eng

 

Task Force Tobacco intensifies efforts to combat cigarettes smuggling

eubam.org

Eng

 

EUBAM hosted the visit of Hungarian National Assembly delegation

eubam.org

Eng

 

Representatives of the Ukrainian SMS visited Swedish Migration Service with an introductory visit within the framework of the IOM project "Support for Migration and Asylum Management in Ukraine".

migraciya.com.ua

Ukr

 

SMS held a meeting with the representatives of the migration agencies of the Netherlands

migraciya.com.ua

Ukr

 

Migration issues and challenges

 

 

Ukrainian parliament amended the procedure for extradition of offenders from Ukraine

eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

 

Human resource crisis: in Poland, employers are worried about the departure of Ukrainians to Germany - DW. By 2020, according to the Ministry of Investment and Development of Poland, the country will lose half a million of the working population. According to statistics, 6 months ago, Ukrainians worked in 19% of Polish enterprises, and in September 2018 - in 23%.

unian.net

Rus

 

Rzeczpospolita: More than half of Ukrainian migrants can leave Poland. According to estimates of the Work Service, 59% of Ukrainians can leave Poland, which would have a great impact on Poland’s economic growth. The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary offer better conditions for work and thus attract more and more Ukrainians.

www.unian.net

Rus

 

"People are being deceived and thrown into the street" - the trade union leader told in regards to the problems Ukrainian labour migrants face in Poland. Almost half of Ukrainians in the country work illegally and are not protected in any way.

unian.net

Rus

 

Mobility

 

 

Ukrainians received the most first residence permits in the EU in 2017

eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

 

Ukraine and Georgia to simplify border crossing procedures

eapmigrationpanel.org

Eng

 

UZBEKISTAN

 

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

 

On the meeting with European Parliament Delegation

mfa.uz

Rus

 

Tashkent host meeting of Uzbekistan – EU Parliamentary Cooperation Committee

uzdaily.com

Eng

 

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

 

Demining of the border with Turkmenistan has started

gazeta.uz

Rus

 

Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan discuss delimitation and demarcation of borders

uzdaily.com

Eng

 

Uzbekistan to join IOM in November

uzdaily.com

Eng

 

Afghanistan opens Consulate General in Uzbekistan

tashkenttimes.uz

Eng

 

Meeting of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan working groups in the city of namangan

uza.uz

Eng

 

Meeting of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan working groups in Nukus

uza.uz

Eng

 

IOs dealing with Migration

 

 

Uzbek Customs and Border Forces are Preparing to Establish New PCUs as a Part of WCO-UNODC Global Programme

unodc.org

Eng

 

Tashkent hosted Uzbekistan – Kazakhstan negotiations on demarcation of the State border

mfa.uz

Eng

 

Identification of Drugs: Uzbek and Italian Officers Conduct Simulation Exercise on the Streets of Bukhara

unodc.org

Eng

 

UNODC-WCO Global Container Control Programme Strengthens Railway Control in Central Asia and Southern Caucasus

unodc.org

Eng

 

Intelligence agencies of member states of Shanghai Cooperation Organization prevented activities of more than 50 terrorist units

www.gazeta.uz

Rus

 

UNODC Brings Expertise on Anti-Money Laundering to Uzbekistan

unodc.org

Eng

 

OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan conducts training course for police investigators on protecting rights of alleged victims and accused persons during preliminary investigations

osce.org

Eng

 

Migration issues and challenges

 

 

 

Balance of migration become minus 12,300 people

uzdaily.com

Eng

 

Over 70 Uzbek citizens return home from Russia

uzdaily.com

Eng

 

Other

 

 

 

Russian Defence Minister announces about close cooperation with Uzbekistan in security sphere

uzdaily.com

Eng

 

Ministry of Defence of Uzbekistan signs agreements with defence bodies of Azerbaijan and Belarus

uzdaily.com

Eng

 

President of Uzbekistan meets with CIS defines ministers

uzdaily.com

Eng

 

“Uzbek model” of combating terrorism is of interest abroad - Vladimir Norov

gazeta.uz

Rus

 

 

WESTERN BALKANS & TURKEY

 

EWBT-EU Cooperation

 

 

 

EU – Western Balkans Justice and Home Affairs ministerial forum - joint press statement

consilium.europa.eu

Eng

 

 

Migration tops agenda at EU-Western Balkans ministerial forum in Tirana

emerging-europe.com

Eng

 

 

Frontex activities in the Western Balkans

frontex.europa.eu

Eng

 

 

140 young people for EU enlargement in the Western Balkans

eu2018.at

Eng

 

 

Szijjártó urges faster EU accession for Western Balkans

bbj.hu

Eng

 

 

EU-UNODC discussions on the achievements and advances of the MACRO project in the Western Balkans

unodc.org

Eng

 

 

ALBANIA

 

 

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

 

 

EU signs agreement with Albania on European Border and Coast Guard cooperation

europa.eu

Eng

 

 

Bushati – Kneissl: It is clear to our region that Europe is more important than conflicts

punetejashtme.gov.al

Eng

 

 

PCC SEE Meeting of Heads of Criminal Police held in Tirana

wb-iisg.com

Eng

 

 

Ministers for European Integration meet in Tirana, commit to deeper cooperation

europeanwesternbalkans.com

Eng

 

 

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

 

 

Albania's interior minister Xhafaj resigns, to be replaced by Sandër Lleshaj

reuters.com

Eng

 

 

Migrant stories

 

 

 

More EU-bound migrants giving up in Albania

gulf-times.com

Eng

 

 

Albania migration trends change, 52 percent mull leaving

reuters.com

Eng

 

 

Albanians top WB countries with most EU residence permits approved in 2017

tiranatimes.com

Eng

 

 

Other

 

 

 

Art installation “Handle With Care” reminds public of persisting human trafficking and stigma

tiranatimes.com

Eng

 

 

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

 

 

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

 

 

 

€7.2 million in EU grants to support BiH in better responding to migration and border management issues

europa.ba

Eng

 

 

Mektic and Mordue discuss BiH cooperation with Europol and Frontex

msb.gov.ba

Bos

 

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina signs a bilateral agreement on social security with Switzerland

mcp.gov.ba

Bos

 

 

Johannes Peterlik: Migrants in Bosnia ‘Taking Wrong Path’

balkaninsight.com

Eng

 

 

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

 

 

 

16 IDP families in Olovo receive keys to their new apartments within the EU-funded Regional Housing Program

mhrr.gov.ba

Bos

 

 

Ministry of Security held a workshop on creating an Integrated Border Management Strategy for 2019-2021

msb.gov.ba

Bos

 

 

Migrant stories

 

 

 

BiH citizenry eagerly awaits the relaxation of work permit regulations in Germany

radiosarajevo.ba

Bos

 

 

Other

 

 

 

Elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Who won and what it means for the future?

europeanwesternbalkans.com

Eng

 

 

4th Opinion on BiH of the COE Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of Minorities

coe.int

Eng

 

 

KOSOVO

 

 

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

 

 

Bundestag member Peter Beyer: Germany is against border correction

prishtinainsight.com

Eng

 

 

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

 

 

A week of reshuffling at the Kosovo government

prishtinainsight.com

Eng

 

 

Minister of Diaspora: Kosovo has failed to solve the Green Card issue

kosovapress.com

Eng

 

 

Other

 

 

 

Opinion: The government should form a diaspora task force to create state policies

prishtinainsight.com

Eng

 

 

FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

 

 

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

 

 

Prague Process Workshop on Data collection held in Skopje

pragueprocess.eu

Eng

 

 

Flights between Greece and Macedonia resume after 12-year blockade

theguardian.com

Eng

 

 

MARRI Regional Remote Interpretation Service Workshop held in Skopje

marri-rc.org.mk

Eng

 

 

MARRI – GIZ Consultative Workshop for on Trafficking in Human Beings held in Skopje

marri-rc.org.mk

Eng

 

 

MONTENEGRO

 

 

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

 

 

Economic conference Montenegro 2018 held in Budva

europeanwesternbalkans.com

Eng

 

 

Montenegro officially joins NATO-led peace keeping force in Kosovo

gazettaexpress.com

Eng

 

 

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

 

 

Montenegro plans on opening 6 additional border crossings to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

cdm.me

Mon

 

 

Border police arrests 10 Syrian asylum seekers in Herceg Novi

cdm.me

Mon

 

 

SERBIA

 

 

 

 

State Bodies dealing with Migration

 

 

 

2-day conference on the institutional response to the migration crisis held in Sombor

rtv.rs

Srb

 

 

Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and UNHCR presented the publication "The Status and Needs of IDPs"

presscentar.uns.org.rs

Srb

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

Panel "Media and Migration" held at the Media Fair in Belgrade

kirs.gov.rs

Eng

 

 

Round table “Migration: Experiences and Future Challenges” held within the Book Fair in Belgrade

youtube.com

Eng

 

 

Bieber: Talks of borders are short-sighted and obsolete, a quality dialogue is needed

europeanwesternbalkans.com

Eng

 

 

TURKEY

 

 

 

 

EU Cooperation

 

 

 

Erdogan: Referendum possible on Turkey's EU bid

trtworld.com

Eng

 

 

IOs dealing with Migration

 

 

 

IOM Turkey Promotes Unity, Counters Xenophobia During First Public Information Summit

reliefweb.int

Eng

 

 

Responding to Protection Needs of Refugees in Turkey: Baseline Data Collection

reliefweb.int

Eng

 

 

Turkish Red Crescent to protect refugee children from harms of child labour

media.ifrc.org

Eng

 

 

 

 

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