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  • Exchange of Information and Best Practices on Irregular Migration and Smuggling of Migrants Linked to Cross Border Organised Crime

    Reference

    ARGO 2006/005

    Promoter

    International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

    www.iom.org

    Budget

    162.000€

    Timeframe

    February 2006 – January 2007

    Partners

    Federal Police, Belgium; Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, Latvia; Border Guard Headquarters, Poland; Border Guard Service, Lithuania; Alien and Border Police, Slovakia

    Objectives and results

    The overall objective of the project was the improvement of knowledge and communication among EU Member States, regarding the state of implementation, working methods and respect for international rules by national officers responsible for addressing and preventing irregular migration, including smuggling of migrants, and organised crime.

    The specific objectives of the project are:

    • To improve the understanding of the phenomenon of irregular migration and smuggling of migrants and their connection to organised crime. Three workshops on national and international legislation were held in relation to irregular migration and smuggling of migrants' issues, information collection and data sharing. Travel document security, biometrics and migration management were discussed was well.
    • To intensify networking and exchange of best practices and to improve trans-national tools to tackle irregular migration and
    • To formulate specific recommendations for the improvement of national legislations and operational schemes to counter the phenomenon of irregular migration.

    Publications and other resources

    Booklet (containing all documentation produced during the project and pointing out specific recommendations on the addressed topics).

    Further information

    Mr Bernd Hemingway, Regional Representative – IOM Brussels, Montoyer 40, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

    Project

    Feasibility Study on Reintegration of Non-Accompanied Minors Who Are Victims of Trafficking

    Reference

    PA Return 2006/026

    Promoter

    European Forum on Urban Security (EFUS)

    www.efus.org

    Budget

    104.000€

    Timeframe

    September 2007 – March 2009

    Partners

    Association Jeunes Errants (AJE), France; Terre des Hommes Foundation,  Switzerland; Fédération Internationale Terre des Hommes – Belgium; Magyarorszagi Terre des Hommes Alapitvany “Lausanne”, Hungary; City of Barcelona, Spain; City of Turin, Italy; Youth Protection Department of the Tyrolian region, Austria

    Objectives and results

    The aim of the project was to study the feasibility of reintegrating foreign unaccompanied minors who are victims of trafficking in their home country. To this end, 600 study cases were explored in Albania, Austria, France, Italy, Romania and Spain analysing the situation and migratory history of the child, responsibilities and conditions for follow-up.

    The research looked in particular at the difficulties in tackling the root causes of departure and aimed at identifying the migratory and family background. The study explored the complexity of the national and international judicial and legal framework which is applicable to children and youth.

    Three seminars were held during the project.

    The project contributed to the achievement of a few specific objectives including:

    • Development of a methodology for interviews and detection of cases of trafficking,
    • Analysis of the personal and migratory histories of the children, common characteristics, specific social, cultural or professional needs and
    • Improvement of procedures in international law bearing in mind the best interest of the child

    Publications and other resources

    Publication EFUS, Wandering young people: the conditions for return, 2009, Further information can be found at http://www.efus.eu/en/topics/people/migrants-minorities/efus/259/

    Further information

    contact@efus.org

    Tags

    Slovakia