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, Repat Armenia Foundation and «Public Diplomacy» NGO, is happy to announce «Suitcase 2017» ANNUAL JOURNALISM CONTEST ON MIGRATION AND BORDER MANAGEMENT ISSUES.

As part of the мedia project implemented within the framework of «MIBMA» project, the training for journalists «Migration in Journalism: Advanced Reporting Skills» was organized in Garni on 29 September 2017. The training was delivered by two winners of Migration Media Award in print and video categories, Mr Daniel Trilling and Ms Anna Domanska, as well as Public Information Officer of UNHCR Armenia Ms Anahit Hayrapetyan, who shared their experience in presenting migration stories and discussed best practices.

On the 8th and 9th of September, ICMPD in Armenia organized the third and last media trip in 2017, this time to the Tavush region.
A selected group of journalists from,,, the Public Radio of Armenia,,,  visited the Vazashen, Choratan, Koghb, Voskepar and Baghanis border villages and met with village elders, village administration, and local population.

On 12 September 2017, with the support of the MIBMA project, Arton Capital, a leader in the immigrant-investor industry, presented its investor immigration report on Armenia. The study and development of an immigrant investor program is a part of the program of activities of the RA Government, which commissioned this project to Arton Capital via the State Migration Service. The activity also features in the recently adopted Armenia Migration Action Plan.

Within the framework of its MIBMA project, ICMPD in Armenia, together with the EU Delegation to Armenia and the Development Foundation of Armenia co-organized the EU-Armenia-Iran Business Forum on 15 September 2017. The forum is organized within the framework of the “Europe in Armenia” EXPO taking place on September 15-17 at the initiative of EU Delegation to Armenia, where 90 companies from various EU countries presented their products and services.

From the 7th to the 10th of July, ICMPD in Armenia organized the second media trip to the Martuni region of the Gegharkunik province. 11 journalists representing various Armenian media outlets, including,,, Respublika Armenia,, Public Radio of Armenia, Qyavar TV,, and others, visited the Kalavan, Dprabak, Tsovinar, Artsvanist, Yeranos and Sotk villages and gathered the views of the village elders and the broader local population. The main interview topics included successful examples of community development, labour migration, living conditions and issues faced by the local population, as well as working opportunities in and out of Armenia.

As part of a comprehensive process aimed at enhancing the research and data management capacities of state agencies active in the migration field in order to contribute to sound policy-making in Armenia, from the 17th to the 19th of July, ICMPD in Armenia organised the third training on Research Methodology and Alternative Sources of Migration Data. The aim of the training was to improve the capacities of relevant Government institutions and national experts to monitor, research, investigate and analyse migration-related developments in order to provide timely, accurate, independent and impartial assessments, as well as expert advice on the migration situation in Armenia.

On 19 June 2017 the 3rd Steering Group Meeting of MIBMA project took place. The Meeting was devoted to an overview of the activities implemented and results achieved in the first half of 2017, as well as provided an insight on the workplan for the next half of 2017. It was opened by Mr Radim Zak, Regional Coordinator for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, ICMPD, who replaced Mr Borut Erzen,, Head of Programme, in this capacity.



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