The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), within the framework of EU-funded «Support to Migration and Border Management in Armenia» project, together with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Armenia and Repat Armenia Foundation, is happy to announce «Suitcase 2018» ANNUAL JOURNALISM CONTEST ON MIGRATION ISSUES.

Marmashen, Kaps, Amasia, Horom, Panik and Arevshat villages of Shirak region are the target of the media trip organized on 25 and 26 August by ICMPD in Armenia. For many years, Shirak region has been featured as the poorest region of Armenia in its economic indicators, according to the official statistical data. In 2016, the level of poverty was the highest in the country - 45.5%. The elder of Marmashen community, Karen Arshakyan, told the journalists that the migration level is also quite high and the process of community amalgamation significantly improved the economic situation in the communities. Since last year autumn Marmashen village also bеcame an amalgamated community joined by 15 other villages. It is early to discuss the results, said the community elder, however, we can state, that due to the consolidated budget of 15 villages more tasks can be solved – covering the roads with asphalt, implementing water-supply system and street lighting, etc.. Thanks to the availability of such infrastructure, economic life in the village will become more active and the quality of the roads will make possible the export of the local agricultural products to Gyumri city market. This opinion is shared by the majority of the community elders.

On 9th of July, the 5th Steering Group Meeting of MIBMA project took place devoted to the overview of results achieved in the first half and plans for the second half of 2018. Progress was registered on the implementation of the Migration National Action Plan and Integration Action Plan, increasing capacities of border control detachment staff and equipping of Shirak Airport and Bavra Border Crossing Point with new equipment. The initial capacity building steps in preparing for a Visa Liberalisation Dialogue that looks likely to start in the near future. Some challenges were also registered, with support to a Visa Liberalisation Dialogue still largely on hold due to political factors.

On 21 of June ICMPD in Armenia welcomed two experts from the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Moldova, Mr. Petru Turcan and Ms. Olesea Cotoman to briefe the representatives from the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice and the State Migration Service on the implementation of a Visa Dialogue and Visa Liberalisation Action Plan (VLAP). Successful and failed experiences on negotiating, implementing, monitoring and communication on VLAP were presented.

From 4 to 6 June 2018, ICMPD in Armenia conducted a three day inter-agency workshop on joint risk analysis and management. Two customs and border police experts from Latvia share experience with ten of their Armenian counterparts from NSS Border Troops, State Revenue Committee and Secretariat of the National Security Council. The objective of the workshop was to present EU standards and good practice on collaboration between border services and explore ways to improve inter-agency co-operation in Armenia.

On 1 and 2 of June, ICMPD in Armenia organized its first in 2018 media trip to Tavush region. The group of selected journalists representing Public Radio, Haykakan Zhamanak, araratnews.am, iravunq.am, meganews.am, womennet.am, noratert.am, aravot.am visited Lusadzor, Gandzaqar, Sevqar and Achajur villages, talked to the village mayors and local population about their problems, migration trends, the expected challenges and moods after the recent political changes.

ICMPD in Armenia has its input in celebrations of Europe Day by organising a run for the children of 9 and 10 years old from the schools of Kanaker-Zeytun district of  Yerevan.  The run involved 24 children from 4 schools -  12 girls and 12 boys. It was held on June 2 around Karen Demirchyan sport complex with 600 meters distance. During the run the children passed two «border crossing points» and took bracelets from the points. Those who came first, second and third to the finish with two red and blue bracelets won the prizes.

On 15 and 16 of May 2018, ICMPD in Armenia, in close collaboration with UNHCR and the Armenian Red Cross Society, organized its regular capacity building event, this time on Interviewing Techniques, for the Border Control Detachment staff. The training was delivered by ICMPD expert Dirk Calemyn and contributed to the improved practical skills amongst relevant Border Troops staff in communicating with vulnerable groups and persons requesting asylum, specifically enhancing their interviewing skills.

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