The Joint Expert-Level Workshop of Pilot Project 2 (Legal Migration) and Pilot Project 3 (Migration and Development) took place in Yerevan on 6-7 May 2014. The meeting was hosted by the State Migration Service of the Republic of Armenia in cooperation with the Pilots’ Leading States Hungary and Czech Republic. The Workshop gathered participants from a dozen countries as well as various local organizations and academics, working in the migration area.
The welcome notes delivered by Mr. Gagik Yeganyan, Head of the Armenian State Migration Service, and Mr. Traian Hristea, Head of the EU Delegation in Yerevan were followed by an overview of the activities implemented and preliminary findings reached under the two Pilots. The content and structure of the envisaged Joint Handbook and the concept for the continuation of the implementation of the Prague Process Action Plan were presented and discussed. Participants were introduced to various current projects and initiatives linked to labour and circular migration before being granted the opportunity of presenting recent policy changes in their respective countries. Finally, special attention was given to labour migration in Armenia, as well as to a variety of specific topics such as the EU Labour Migration Package, the recent changes in the Russian migration policy or the impacts of the international migration of physicians.