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November 2012

The Migration Newsletter

The Migration Policy Centre regularly publishes this newsletter to share recent developments in its research activities


In this issue: The Forthcoming MPC Publication on the Syrian Refugee Crisis | Other MPC News


The Forthcoming MPC Publication on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

The MPC will soon publish an edited volume of reports on the Syrian refugee crisis containing studies from Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt.

Along with a reflection paper on the EU response to the crisis, the e-volume intends to provide policy-makers with evidence-based data from the field surveys conducted for MPC in the aforementioned countries. It also aims to contribute towards raising awareness among politicians and policymakers, in particular those from the EU, about the situation of the refugees from Syria and the burden on the receiving states and societies in countries bordering with Syria. Moreover, the reports would also provide recommendations to stakeholders and discuss future potential scenarios for Syria.

Upon publication, the e-volume will be widely disseminated amongst all important stakeholders. Please visit MPC’s publications page for further updates.

Other MPC News

The Management of the External Borders of the EU and its Impact on the Human Rights of Migrants: The Italian Experience

A Consultation between the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, Mr François Crépeau, Civil Society and Academia

Organised with the support of the Open Society Foundations

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Mr. François Crépeau, conducted a consultation with the representatives of the civil society and academia on the 3rd of October 2012 at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy. The consultation, co-organized by the MPC and the Open Society Foundations (OSF), evaluated the progress made, as well as the obstacles and challenges which remain, in protecting and promoting the rights of migrants in Italy and, more broadly, in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

For further details about the event, please visit our website


Executive Training “Migration in the EU and its Neighbourhood”

Organised by CARIM-East at the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) in co-operation with the Global Governance Programme (GGP)

The first Executive Training on Migration will be held on the 21 - 23 January 2013 at the European University Institute (EUI). The training will offer a venue to analyse and discuss the interactions of the regions of origin and the regions of destination; migration policies and the regulation of migration; and processes of integration. Teaching will be accompanied by research work and practical debate. Participants will be encouraged to translate perceived societal problems into social scientific research questions, and to contribute to the solution of these problems by combining insights from demographic, economic, legal and sociological approaches.

The training is organized in the framework of the Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration and Asylum. Civil servants and professionals from intergovernmental and governmental agencies in the Eastern Partnership countries and Russian Federation working in migration-related areas are encouraged to apply.

Full scholarship will be provided. Application is open until 16th November 2012.

Discussion on Integration and Reintegration of Migrants in the CARIM East countries

The MPC is organizing a workshop on the 29 - 30 November 2012 to discuss the preliminary findings of the research on integration and reintegration of migrants in the CARIM East countries. The discussion, to be held in Tbilisi, Georgia, will witness CARIM East experts presenting their cumulative findings in three modules – demographic and economic module; legal module and socio-political module.

The Workshop of the Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration and Asylum on Circular Migration

The Workshop of the Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration and Asylum on Circular Migration

The MPC team supported the third workshop of the Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration and Asylum which was held in Chisinau, Moldova, on the 18-19 October. The theme of the workshop was "Circular Migration" where MPC prepared 21 explanatory notes in two languages (English and Russian) and a background paper summarizing the findings.

The CARIM-East project is co-financed by the European Union.


The CARIM-India project is now entering its second year. During the first week of September, a National Consultation Workshop was organised by one of our Indian partners, ICOE (Indian Council of Overseas Employment), now known as ICM (Indian Centre for Migration). The discussion focused on irregular migration, means to combat it, and methods to promote inter-governmental collaboration in this area.

Attended by 104 delegates from diplomatic missions, policy institutions and NGOs (from both the EU and India), the workshop witnessed a number of interesting case studies being presented, including a presentation on quantitative data on irregular migration in the EU by the EUI. The Belgian government´s awareness raising campaign about the risks of irregular migration, conducted in conjunction with the state of Punjab, attracted interest on the part of other Indian states such as Andhra Pradesh which is keen to cooperate with both foreign governments and the central government in combating irregular migration. At the conclusion of the conference, it was clear that political will existed on both sides to address a very complex issue. However, MOIA (the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs), made it clear that it was not in favour of negotiating a readmission agreement in order to tackle the problem.

The CARIM-India project is co-financed by the European Union


Know Reset

New tables and graphs regarding resettlement in the EU and based on Know Reset’s collection of statistical data have been posted on the website, along with the new country comparison tools. We are also about to publish the three reports of our correspondents’ field research in Kenya, Pakistan and Tunisia.

The Know Reset project is co-financed by the European Union.


Training for the study on Facilitating Intraregional Labour Migration within the ECOWAS Region

The MPC, in collaboration with the ACP Observatory on Migration, organized a three days training on migration at the University of Ghana (Legon) on the 4-6 September 2012. The aim of the training was to strengthen the research capacities of the Centre for Migration Studies (University of Ghana) in the framework of the research project on ‘Facilitating Intraregional Labour Migration within the ECOWAS Region’. The Economic Community Of West African States, also known as ECOWAS, is a regional group of fifteen countries, founded in 1975. The training is part of a research study that will produce a final report on labour mobility in the ECOWAS region to promote the adoption of adequate policies.

The training included three sessions on migration statistics by Professor Philippe Fargues, Director of the MPC; migration and information on the labour market, by Professor Ivan Martin, Associate Researcher at the ICEI (Madrid); and the legal framework of free circulation, by Professor Philippe De Bruycker, Deputy Director of the MPC. Moreover, Mr. Tony Elumelu, senior official at the Free Circulation Department of the ECOWAS Commission, presented the ECOWAS Common Approach to Migration. Finally, each researcher participating in the training presented an inception report of the work conducted in the framework of the project on intraregional labour migration within the ECOWAS, which was discussed by the MPC scientific coordinator and the trainers.

In addition to the sessions, the MPC and the ACP Observatory distributed training materials to the participants (selected bibliography, hand-outs, and PowerPoint presentations) and presented series of research tools to be used by the CMS research, including the ACP Observatory Research guide and Editorial guidelines, the MPC templates for data collection and the EUI online collaborative platform EUI Collab.

The ACP Observatory on Migration is an initiative of the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States, empowered by the IOM and funded by the EU with the financial support of Switzerland.


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