Enhancing cooperation among the Prague Process states

In 2019, the Migration Observatory is launching its second Internship for young professionals and students from the Prague Process participating states. The internship offers an opportunity to practically engage into the work of the Prague Process and thus contribute to the very development of the Migration Observatory. In this way, the intern shall not only increase his/her understanding of the core migration areas but also get an insight into the roles and responsibilities of the key actors involved in an intergovernmental migration dialogue.

The active role of the State Migration Service of Ukraine in the Prague Process was acknowledged during the recent visit of the ICMPD’s Director General Michael Spindelegger and ICMPD’s Regional Coordinator for Eastern Europe and Central Asia Radim Zak. The visit to Ukraine took place on 24-25 of January 2019, and saw a set of bilateral meetings with representatives of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, the State Migration Service and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs featuring discussions on ongoing projects and institutional cooperation.

On 17-18 December 2018, the Prague Process Senior Officials’ meeting took place in Prague, Czech Republic. The meeting gathered 65 participants from the states participating in the Process, as well as representatives of the European Commission, European University Institute, Migration Research Centre, UNHCR, and ICMPD. 

In November 2018, 27 participants representing a dozen countries and UNHCR gathered in Baku for the activity ‘Combating Trafficking in Human Beings - Training on a Comprehensive Policy Response’. The aim of the Training was to enhance participants’ knowledge on THB and in developing effective, victim-centered policy responses to prevent, identify and address the issue. As a result, participants’ understanding of the situation and response to THB from across the Prague Process region improved, as did their ability to promote international good practices in the prevention, protection and prosecution areas of anti-trafficking policy.

The new July-September  issue of the Prague Process Quarterly Review is now availiable for download in English and Russian. This issue features migration-related, high-level meetings organised under the Austrian EU Presidency and within the CIS. It also takes a closer look at the Summer School organised in Azerbaijan back in July and brings an expert opinion on this topic. An article on the second edition of the Migration Media Award highlights the role of the media in shaping the public discourse on migration. Following an interview with the first intern of the Prague Process Migration Observatory, the Review presents some latest migration policy developments from the Prague Process region.

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

On 8 November, the Prague Process supported the Republic of Moldova in organising a seminar aimed at discussing and validating the Extended Migration Profile (EMP) for 2015-2017. The meeting took place in Chisinau and gathered all actors involved in the drafting of the Statistical Compendium of the EMP and members of the designated inter-agency technical working group. The participants discussed the current data and how the EMP could best contribute to using the evidence available for improving national policies. The EMP elaboration process is guided by the  Bureau for Migration and Asylum under the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The aim is to present a comprehensive overview on recent and ongoing migration trends, assessing the various effects and arising risks of migration in order to issue policy recommendations and thereby enhance the identification of effective policy responses.


The Workshop on Gathering, Analysis and Sharing of Migration Data, held in Skopje on 2-3 October 2018, gathered approximately 80 participants representing 23 countries, as well as international stakeholders such as IOM, UNHCR, EASO, World Bank, Frontex, Eurostat, ICMPD and others.