On 5 and 6 of March, ICMPD in Armenia organized a ToT for local trainers working on integration policies and practices for migrants in the communities of Armenia. Experts Patrick Taran from Global Migration Policy Associates and Shannon Pfohman from Caritas Europe introduced latest practices and policies on integration, both at the national level and from municipalities that have taken it on themselves to create a practical welcome to long term immigrants.
The training contributed to improved knowledge and understanding of migration and migrant/refugee/returnee integration in Armenia, and consequently to improved policy and practice by government and other stakeholder institutions and actors. 2 day extensive training was composed of knowledge sharing presentations, interactive discussion with experts and working group discussion exercises that facilitates participant understanding of theory and practical example.
The experts shared the models and practices on concrete integration projects and key factors for success. During the training participants discussed their experience of coping with common challenges in the integration process and how they measure integration success. Human rights and a non-discriminatory approach to integration are essential if this is going to work.
The training was attended by trainers from Mission Armenia NGO, the State Migration Service, the State Employment Agency and attended by colleagues from UNHCR.