Enhancing cooperation among the Prague Process states

The 4th Core Group meeting was organised and hosted by the Leading state of Prague Process – Poland, on April 22nd in Warsaw. It gathered representatives of 12 countries (Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo*, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey) and ICMPD in its capacity of Prague Process Secretariat.

Between 10th and 13th March 2015, the ERIS project organised a work visit to Portugal, and the cities of Lisbon, Torres Vedras and Porto. Thus, participants from the Czech Republic, the Russian Federation and ICMPD had the unique opportunity to get acquainted with Portuguese integration policies and concrete measures that are widely recognised as Good Practices in the field.

 On behalf of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo*, and the Government of the Republic of Kosovo*, the Prague Process Secretariat would like to bring to your attention the official publication of the Extended Migration Profile 2012 and Migration Profile 2013 of the Republic of Kosovo.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence

The new issue of the Prague Process Quarterly Review has been published, which covers the period October-December 2014. To enable you to plan ahead, the Review highlights the activities for the year 2015. To keep you informed about the progress, the Review offers an overview of the outcomes and results of the Senior officials meeting, an article by Mr. Matthias Ruete, and snapshots of the kick-off Workshops of Pilot Projects 5 and 6, as well as a brief intro to the Workshop on the Knowledge base in Lisbon. For more details, please, see the full text of the 4th issue!   

During the kick-off workshop of PP5 procedures of establishing identity of irregular migrants without documents were scrutinized by representatives of 14 out of 18 participating states. Meeting participants underlined that successful identification process is a pre-requisite for effective enforcement of migration policy instruments, including those aiming at fighting illegal migration as well as ensuring respect for the rule of law in migration cases and for sound implementation of human rights of migrants.

The Kick-off Meeting of Pilot Project 6 (PP6) on international students’ mobility aimed at exploring and discussing the current policies on cross-border student mobility across its participating states in order to contribute to the elaboration of good practices and policy recommendations. International graduates represent an important labour market resource. While aiming to attract foreign students, national authorities set targeted measures to prevent abuse. Numerous exchange programmes and bilateral agreements on facilitating student mobility are in place and an increasing number of states have also developed national strategies in this area.

On 8-9 of December 2014 in the unofficial capital of the Netherlands, the Hague, was held an expert meeting on Credibility Assessment in Asylum Procedures, organised in the framework of the Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration and Asylum. The Meeting gathered more than 40 representatives from the Eastern Partnership countries, the European Union, and International organisations.