On 13-14 September 2016, within the framework of project ‘Support to Migration and Border Management in Armenia’ (MIBMA), 16 journalists from various national and local media outlets took part in a two-day media tour to Syunik region to investigate and report on the impact of migration among communities and families. The journalists visited Gorhayk, Sarnakunk, Shaki and Khndzoresk villages and Goris town.

On the 3rd of September, ICMPD organized a seminar for journalists on labour migration as well as on amendments to the RA Law “On foreigners”. The seminar was attended by approximately 20 journalists from various media outlets, including “Aravot” newspaper, Public Radio of Armenia, A1+, “Zhoghovurd” newspaper, newsbook.am, jam-news.am, and many others. All participating journalists report on social issues, including migration.

On 26 and 27 July 2016, ,the International Center of Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) together with the State Migration Service organized a two-day workshop on Development of Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs) on protection of Vulnerable Groups of Asylum Seekers in Yerevan, Armenia. The aim of the workshop was to assist the relevant national agencies in developing a draft Government Decree approving the procedure for appointing a representative for unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable groups.

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 UNICEF in Armenia, Repat Armenia Foundation, «Public Diplomacy» NGO, Armenian Caritas and «Save the Children International» Armenia Representative Office, is happy to announce «Suitcase 2016» annual journalism contest on migration and border management issues.

The participation requirements are presented in the announcement.

The deadline for submitting applications is 01 November 2016 (until 18:00).

On 14 July 2016, within the framework of the media project under the ‘Support to Migration and Border Management in Armenia’, the first media tour to Gegharkunik region in Armenia took place with participation of 13 journalists from various national and local media outlets. The main aim of the media project is to increase knowledge on migration and border management issues among journalists for improved reporting, to reveal and draw attention to migration and border management related urgent issues in the regions, and to motivate local journalists to raise and highlight these important challenges for Armenia.

On 17 May 2016, a regular meeting of the Interagency Monitoring Committee for the Action Plan 2012-2016 implementing the concept for the policy of state regulation of migration in the Republic of Armenia took place in Erebuni Plaza Business Centre. The Meeting was attended by the representatives of state agencies, international organizations, NGOs and academia. Mr Gagik Yeganyan, Head of State Migration Service, presented the process of development of the new Migration Strategy and its Action Plan for 2017-2021 as well as the draft outline of the Strategy. Ms Ovsanna Babayan, National Democratization Programme Officer at the OSCE Yerevan Office, and national experts Mr Aram Vartikyan and Ms Anna Minasyan spoke about the results of 2012-2016 Migration Strategy and mentioned the importance of impact assessment in the process of development of new strategy and Action Plan. Mr Hambartsum Abrahamyan, SMS Head of Staff, noted the significance of interaction of new priority direction – migration and development. Next meeting will take place in July 2016.

On 5 June 2016 the European Delegation in Armenia organised the yearly Europe Day 2016 project exhibition at Northern Avenue in Yerevan. ICMPD in Armenia participated in Europe Day celebrations representing the "Support to migration and border management in Armenia" (MIBMA) project.

The first Steering Group Meeting of MIBMA project took place on 20 April 2016 in Yerevan. The Project Steering Group is an external project governance structure, consisting of permanent representatives from EU Delegation, the Government of Armenia and ICMPD as well as invited observers from EU Member States, EU agencies and international organizations.



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