Enhancing cooperation among the Prague Process states

Despite the issue of refugees and illegal migration grabbing the headlines across Europe, the EU requires high-skilled labour and this demand cannot be met from within its own borders. European economic growth, business competitiveness and labour markets all suffer as a result. The Directive on Intra-Corporate Transferees (ICTs) was adopted in order to address this shortfall, given the clear shortages in sectors like computer programming and engineering.

The full range of simplifications and options available in the ICT Directive are still not offered across the EU. The current patchwork means that arbitrary quota systems exist in some countries; approval/rejection processes are different across the EU; some countries do not have a fast track system; and intra-EU mobility as well as the ability of ICTs to work at customer sites is limited in certain EU Member States. Moreover, the entire process is often slow and administratively heavy too, meaning that businesses cannot get the skills they need, when they need them. The result is that companies and the economy as a whole lose out.

The new policy brief "Intra-corporate Transferees (ICTs): The benefits for the EU and the opportunity cost" authored by Glen Hodgson outlines recommendations for each of the above areas and highlights some best practice.

To preview and download the brief please use this link.

The Prague Process has included the migration-development nexus as one of its six thematic areas. Various activities have been conducted in this area over the past years, although the issue of policy coherence has not been at the centre of these initiatives. A substantial part of the Prague Process member states is also European Union member states. What are the lessons learnt from the EU’s experience with policy coherence for development? How can they be useful for the Prague Process?

These and many other questions are addressed in the new policy brief released by the Prague Process Migration Observatory "Making the EU’s Migration and Development Policies More Coherent" authored by Kristof Tamas.

To preview and download the brief please use this link.

The emergence of atypical human trafficking schemes poses new challenges to Ukraine’s authorities in terms of identifying, returning and assisting the trafficking victims. The most problematic cases feature the involvement of trafficking victims into criminal activities abroad. As the public authorities often fail in making a coordinated effort and in gaining the trust of the trafficking victims, the successful response to human trafficking continues to depend considerably on the active engagement of non-governmental and international organisations, as well as private persons. The state, however, has already accumulated sufficient experience in order to proactively assume its responsibility for the victims. In order to raise the level of trust towards the competent institutions and ensure an improved response to human trafficking, the state must address the remaining legislative gaps, improve the coordination between the responsible agencies and ensure that their personnel is properly trained and adheres to the principle of confidentiality towards the trafficking victims.

Read more in the new policy brief released by the Prague Process Migration Observatory "Countering Human Trafficking: Identifying, Returning and Assisting Victims from Ukraine" authored by Andriy Orlean.

To preview and download the brief please use this link.

The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) released its economic forecast for Central, East and Southeast Europe (CESEE) amid the outbreak of the coronavirus. The prognosis is unpromising, urging the countries to prepare for the worst year since the global financial crisis.  

The rest of Europe is likely to follow the Italian example of the coronavirus spread. The growing pressure on the national health systems and lockdown restrictions similar to those of China or Italy will drive a lot of countries and firms into financial difficulties, while the recession of the first half of 2020 could be among the deepest of all time.

In times of the coronavirus outbreak and the closure of state borders, the Prague Process Migration Observatory continues to release new publications.  Herewith, we gladly present you the new Policy brief "Russian nationals looking for refuge in the European Union" authored by Olga Gulina.

This policy brief analyses the past and present flows of Russian nationals seeking asylum in the EU identifies the main challenges and puts forward concrete recommendations for policymakers in Russia and the EU.

To preview and download the brief please use this link.

For the 7th time, ICMPD organises the International Summer School on Migration. The summer school is a joint initiative by two ICMPD-led projects: the “Sustaining Migration Management in Georgia” (ENIGMMA 2) project and the “Prague Process: Dialogue, Analyses and Training in Action” (PP DATA) initiative – component of the Mobility Partnership Facility (MPF).

ICMPD invites all interested candidates to apply through March 31st, 2020, midnight CET.

The Summer School takes place in Georgia from 28 June to 4 July 2020.

On 12 February 2020, members of the Prague Process Secretariat at ICMPD had the pleasure to attend the lecture of Mr. Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission, at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna.

Outlining the priorities of the new European Commission, Vice-President Schinas highlighted that the main theme for the coming five years would be a threefold ‘transition’ of the EU:

  1. Transition into ‘Green Europe’, based on the recently announced ‘Green Deal’;
  2. The Digital Transition, including the introduction of 5G technology and Artificial Intelligence as real game-changers to our way of life;
  3. Transition into a resilient and cohesive EU, offering security and opportunities to its citizens.

The new October-December 2019 issue of the Prague Process Quarterly Review is now available for download in English and Russian.

This Quarterly review will first provide you with a snapshot on the most recent activities implemented within (or with the support of) the Prague Process. These activities covered a wide range of topics, reaching from trainings on migration data management and media reporting on migration to the innovative concept of Comprehensive Border Governance; from discussions on the New EU Strategy on Central Asia to the potential synergies between the Prague Process and the so-called Abu Dhabi Dialogue. This issue shall also briefly summarise the 2019 edition of the Vienna Migration Conference, which represents ICMPD’s annual flagship event, and shed light on the challenging situation of migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as on the latest policy developments concerning labour migration in the region. As usual, we would also like to share with you some interesting new publications, including the ones issued within the Prague Process Migration Observatory.

To see all issues please go to the section "Quarterly Review" under News & Events.

While the year is coming to an end, the Prague Process Migration Observatory releases yet another Policy brief "Russia's Migration Policy after the dissolution of the Federal Migration Service" authored by Dmitry Poletaev.

This policy brief outlines the key effects of the dissolution of the Federal Migration Service (FMS) of Russia in 2016, identifies the main migration policy challenges and proposes practical steps to modernising Russia’s migration management system.

To preview and download the brief under this link.

The adoption of the New EU Strategy on Central Asia in June 2019 put forward the need to translate its strategic objectives related to migration and border management into concrete actions. To launch the work in this direction, the Ministry of the Interior and Administration of Poland and the Prague Process Secretariat at ICMPD jointly organised the conference “Areas of cooperation on migration with Central Asia” in Warsaw on 4 December 2019.