Taking into account EU – Armenia partnership agreements and national strategic priorities, the project “Support for Migration and Border Management in Armenia” (MIBMA), aims to further support and promote the efforts of national authorities in the area of migration and border management.
The project is funded by the European Neighborhood Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The project runs from January 2016 until December 2018.
The overall objective of the project is to enhance approximation of the migration and border management in Armenia to European standards of governance, in order to increase security, facilitate trade, and support the possible visa liberalization dialogue between the European Union and Armenia.
Specific objective 1
To increase Government capacities for migration and asylum management in line with the EU-Armenia Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements and Mobility Partnership, to prepare for the possible EU-Armenia visa liberalisation dialogue.
Policies and technical capacities of institutions to effectively manage migration further developed and sustained, contributing to visa liberalisation dialogue as well as greater mobility of Armenian citizens.
- EU – Armenia Visa Dialogue
- Migration Governance
- Document Security
Specific objective 2
To strengthen inter-agency cooperation through further extension of the Integrated Border Manage-ment (IBM) concept and its principles into Armenia's border management system with a focus on core areas such as the simplification and harmonisation of procedures; to improve the service level for end users; to facilitate trade; and to further develop transport corridors.
Cooperation among border management agencies improved and trade facilitated through transparent and efficient border management systems, enhancing country's socioeconomic development.
- IBM Support
- Trade Facilitation
- Accountability, Transparency, Integrity
The target groups include Armenian migration management and border management authorities, including National Security Council, State Migration Service of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development; Border Troops of the National Security Service; Passport and Visa department of the Police; State Revenue Committee; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Economy.
The final beneficiaries of the project are staff and management of migration and border agencies, refugees and asylum seekers, travelers, international trading and investment community, general public and citizens of Armenia who will benefit from well managed mobility and migration flows, open and secure borders as well as increased trade facilitation.
The project is implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The project management structure includes both external and internal management bodies.
The Project Steering Group (PSG) - an external project governance structure, consisting of permanent representatives from EU Delegation, the Government of Armenia (Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Migration Service, Ministry of Economy and other relevant lead services and beneficiary institutions), and ICMPD as well as invited observers from EU Member States, EU agencies (FRONTEX) and international organizations.
The Project Coordination Group (PCG) - an internal project management body that will meet only in the course of the implementation of project. It will consist of the representatives appointed by all involved Armenian institutions and ICMPD.
The Project Implementing Team (PIT) will consists of ICMPD staff members (in Vienna and Yerevan) and will be responsible for the practical implementation of the project.