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Advanced Training of Trainers Course for Experienced State Border Service Trainer-Practitioner Officers of Azerbaijan Launched

On 01 August 2016, Monday the International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched the Advanced Training of Trainers (ToT) Course for experienced Trainer-Practitioner Officers (TPOs) of the State Border Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SBS) in Baku.

An activity of the ‘Enhancement of National Capacity for Integrated Border Management in Azerbaijan’ Project funded by the United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and implemented by IOM, the ToT Course consists of the following seven modules:

1. Document Security and Detection of Forged Documents
2. Features of Border Control for Individuals and Transport Means
3. Readmission Management and Human Rights
4. Types of and Combating Cross-Border Crimes
5. Data Analysis
6. Principles and Methods of Training
7. Leadership and Management

The ToT Course is enriched through the presentation of international and European best practices and is accompanied by a Handbook tailor-made to the SBS. The SBS TPOs who will successfully complete the ToT Course will be certified as expert trainers to facilitate the continuous trainings to cascade their knowledge to the SBS Officers throughout Azerbaijan.

The First Module ‘Document Security and Detection of Forged Documents’ aims at enhancing capacity of the selected officials from the SBS on document control and verification in line with best practices and is attended by five elite SBS TPOs. In order to test the effectiveness of this comprehensive capacity building programme, the ToT sessions as well as the Handbook, Curriculum and training materials, the Course is developed and applied on a module by module basis.

 
International Workshop on Strengthening Structures and Partnerships to overcome the Migration Management Challenges

On 14-15 July 2016, IOM organized two-day international workshop titled ‘Strengthening Structures and Partnerships to overcome the Migration Management Challenges’ within the framework of the project ‘Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan’ funded by the European Union and co-funded by BP and its co-venturers. The workshop aimed exchanging of the experiences in understanding and responding to the emerging trends and migration management challenges and strengthening partnerships at national, regional and international levels among migration practitioners. Opening remarks were made by Mr.Vahid Gahramanov, Chief of Migration Policy and Legal Support Head Department of the State Migration Service and Mr. Serhan Aktoprak, Chief of IOM Mission in Azerbaijan. The international workshop was attended by the officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, State Migration Service, State Border Service, State Statistical Committee and State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan as well as officials from the Directorate General of Migration Management of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Turkey and Border Police and Border Operations from the Ministry of Interior of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYRoM). IOM experts from the Global Migration Data Analysis Centre in Berlin and Mission in FYRoM, and experts from European Academy of Bozen/Balzano, Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM) from Turkey and Alslam Center based in Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan have participated and contributed to the workshop by sharing knowledge and their experiences. The workshop facilitated presenting the perspectives of the government, civil society and academia through presentations and inter-active discussions in managing migration and migration crisis. The government representatives presented the legal, policy, institutional and operational framework in managing migration in their respective countries and new approaches in responding to the migration crisis. The civil society organizations made presentations by highlighting their role in migration and migration crisis management and assistance to the migrants and refugees. The challenges including on data collection and management in measuring migration flows, trends and complex migration patterns have been tackled in the two days workshop. Moreover safeguarding the human rights of migrants, protection of vulnerable migrants and actual case studies in implementing humanitarian border management was part of the workshop programme. On the second day the international participants visited the Migrant Accommodation Centre of the State Migration Service. IOM will organize a similar workshop in Nakhchivan in 2016 under the project.

 
IOM and Frontex Continue to Enhance Capacities of National Authorities in the Area of Integrated Border Management

On 24-26 May, 2016, Frontex in partnership with IOM Azerbaijan organized a training on False Document for border guard first line officers of the State Border Service of Azerbaijan within the framework of EU-funded Eastern Partnership (EaP) Integrated Border Management (IBM) Capacity Building Project. The main objective of the training was to enhance the knowledge of border guard first line officers on false document detection, improve their skills in identifying forgeries and increase efficiency in daily operations. The three-day training was conducted by international experts from EU member States, namely, Ms. Ermelinda Rodrigues from the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service and Mr. Maickel van Oijen from the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee. During the training sessions, international experts shared EU best practices in international document security, including detection of forged travel documents, printing techniques, use of paper and polymer substrates, personalization and recognition methods of impostors at border crossing points. Participants of the training familiarized themselves with associated fraud risks by examining security features of international documents. The event was held to strengthen the border management capacities of national authorities as part of EU Eastern Partnership’s IBM Flagship Initiative. The initiative facilitates the movement of people and goods across the borders in six EaP countries, while maintaining border security by improving inter-agency, bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the target countries, EU Member States and other international actors.

 
Capacity Building Training Workshop on Migration, Environment and Climate Change in Azerbaijan

A three-day capacity building workshop for policy makers and practitioners on the topic of migration, environment and climate change took place in Baku from 2 to 4 May 2016. The workshop, designed to enhance understanding on environmental migration and to provide policy makers with concrete tools that can support national policy making, was organized by the International Organization for Migration. Azerbaijan is facing diverse environmental challenges such as floods, earthquakes as well as slow-onset events including sea-level rise and droughts. The country has suffered displacements of people, due to the increased frequency and intensity of natural disasters and environmental degradation. Over twenty participants attended the workshop including government officials from Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, State Migration Service, Ministry of Emergency Situations and the State Statistical Committee as well as those from academic institutions such as Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), Baku State University and the Caspian Center for Energy and Environment of ADA University. The workshop covered the concepts and theories of environmental migration, legal aspects, issues on data, and participants discussed in corporation of migration in environmental and development policies, and strategies for adaptation to climate change and disaster risk reduction. The final day of the workshop focused on developing concrete action plans to enhance understanding on environmental migration in Azerbaijan; mainstream migration into national adaptation plans and policies; and providing a legal framework on environmental migration. The workshop is funded by the IOM Development Fund and is the first to be conducted in Russian. Azerbaijan is among the five countries where the capacity building project is being implemented, together with the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Papua New Guinea and Morocco. The content of the workshop is based on the forthcoming Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Training Manual (Facilitator’s Guide) which will be available in Azerbaijani, Russian, English, French and Spanish.

 
The Consolidation of Migration and Border Management in Azerbaijan (CMBA) Project continues enhancing readmission and human rights capacities in the country.

As a follow up to the Training of Trainers (ToT) on Readmission and Human Rights in Azerbaijan, organized in January and February 2016, IOM started the cascade trainings for the State Migration Service (SMS) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Baku and Nakhchivan in the framework of the CMBA project funded by the EU. The first 2 two-day trainings were successfully held in Baku on 19-20 and 21-22 April 2016, each attended by 11 officials from the SMS. Training sessions covered the topics on introduction to the International Migration Law (IML); migrant rights in the context of IML; return and readmission; and migrants’ rights and the experience of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The trainings were facilitated by the trainers, who had completed the ToT course on Readmission and Human Rights held in Jan-Feb 2016. The trainees participated actively in the trainings and engaged in discussions. They acknowledged the importance and necessity of the training topics for Azerbaijan, and confirmed that the training met their expectations. The next two trainings are conducted in Nakhchivan on 26-27 April and 28-29 April in 2016, with the participation of total 20 trainees from the SMS, department of MFA, Ombudsman Office, Customs Committee, and the Ministry of Justice of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (NAR). To ensure sustainability and effectiveness, IOM will organize the similar trainings for newly selected participants later in 2016 and 2017 in Baku and Nakhchivan.

 
Validation Workshop to discuss and validate the results of the research on the Counter-Trafficking Response in Azerbaijan

 On 25 April 2016, International Organization for Migration organized Validation Workshop to discuss and validate the results of the research on the Counter-Trafficking Response in Azerbaijan, developed within the context of the IOM Development Fund project “Identifying Gaps and Assessing Need: A Comparative Assessment of Counter Trafficking Efforts in Countries in the South Caucasus” on-going since 01 August, 2016. The project, which stemmed from the initiative of IOM and the governments of the countries in the South Caucasus conducts a comprehensive analysis of the current Trafficking in Human Beings situation in the region. The project’s main objective is to generate current evidence of the regional Counter Trafficking (CT) landscape, on which to base future results-oriented interventions and ensure a more holistic approach to CT. In order to achieve these results, the project further developed a streamlined and comprehensive Counter Trafficking Needs Assessment Tool (CT-NAT), in line with international standards, to be tested in the participating countries and with the intention of future global use. The tool has been developed and research conducted by an international expert, in close consultation with relevant national stakeholders, as well as international organizations and the donor community. During the culminating National Validation Workshop in Azerbaijan, the research findings were presented and validated by relevant CT stakeholders from the national government and civil society organizations. The National Validation Workshop was attended by General-major Mr. Sharif Asadullayev, Chief of the Main Counter-trafficking Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Mr. Serhan Aktoprak, IOM Azerbaijan, Chief of Mission and Mr. Ashraf El Nour, Permanent Observer for the IOM to the United Nations who was visiting Azerbaijan to attend 7th UNAOC Global Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan. The feedback received during the workshop from the participants will be used to further refine and finalize the research report, which will then be translated and published. Following the National Validation Workshop in Azerbaijan, IOM conducted the similar workshop in the other two countries of the South Caucasus.

 
IOM started the third series of workshops for the representatives of diplomatic missions in Azerbaijan on combatting trafficking in persons

IOM organized the Workshop on Sharing Best Practices in Combating Trafficking in Persons among Diplomats on 14 April 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan in the framework of the Project ‘Enhancing Cooperation Measures to Effectively Combat Trafficking in Persons through Capacity Building and Technical Assistance in Azerbaijan – Phase V’ funded by the US Department of State and implemented by IOM. In Azerbaijan IOM has already been promoting the attainment of improved skills of consular officials and labour attaches of foreign embassies in combatting trafficking in persons in the country already for four years. The first and the second series of workshops for consular officials and labour attaches with participation of government representatives were conducted in 2012 and in 2014, respectively. To facilitate a wider exchange of experiences among diplomats who are responsible for providing direct assistance to their countries’ citizens in States where they are accredited, IOM commenced the third series of capacity building workshops. The speakers of the first workshop of the third series included senior officials of the State Migration Service and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan, Turkish National Police Force, IOM’s and its consultant experts. Opening remarks were delivered by Mr. Serhan Aktoprak, Chief of Mission of IOM Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilkin Gurbanov, Sector Head of the Main Counter Trafficking Department and Ms. Kimberley Morales, Consular Official, U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan. All speakers noted the importance of international cooperation in combatting trafficking in persons. Chief of IOM Mission also noted that IOM will be developing a manual titled “Combating Human Trafficking: What Diplomats Should Know and Do.” The manual will serve as a tool in identifying trafficking cases as well as referring victims and potential victims of trafficking to relevant authorities and organizations for assistance to victims and undertaking criminal investigations. It will be designed to be used by all the personnel of diplomatic representations, including technical and administrative staff. The workshop that was attended by 30 participants including Ambassadors, consular and labour attaches of the diplomatic missions in Azerbaijan enabled discussions among participants on identifying and assisting victims and/or potential victims of trafficking including providing protection as well as in the form of delivering return and reintegration assistance to the countries of origin.

 
The senior officials of Turkish Department of Combatting Migrant Smuggling and Human Trafficking paid a courtesy visit to its Azerbaijani counterparts

The senior officials of the newly established Department of Combatting Migrant Smuggling and Human Trafficking of Turkish Republic paid a courtesy visit to the Main Counter Trafficking Department of the Ministry of Interior of Azerbaijan on Friday, 15 April 2016.
The
meeting was attended by Mr. Ahmet Yarim, Deputy head, Mr. Tolga Becer, Chief of Bureau, the representative of the Turkish Embassy in Azerbaijan, Mr. Sharif Asadullayev, Major-general and chief of the Main Department, his deputy and sectorial head from the side of Azerbaijan. The representatives of the IOM Azerbaijan also attended the meeting on special invitation from the Main Counter Trafficking Department.

The meeting continued on warmly and friendly environment and Azerbaijani officials congratulated their Turkish counterparts with the establishment of the special department on counter trafficking by highlighting that this would enhance the efforts of countering this crime in the friend-country. Mr. Ahmet Yarim noted the most recent migration flows to Turkey and the increase of migrant smuggling and trafficking cases in this background.  He stated that the Department of Combatting Migrant Smuggling and Human Trafficking was established very recently on 04 February 2016 and has not finalized its formation and would like to benefit the best experience of Azerbaijan on this regard. Mr. Asadullayev emphasized that according to the analysis of the identified trafficking cases, the Republic of Turkey is one of the main countries of destination as well as origin for Azerbaijan which necessitates the close and operative cooperation between the counter-trafficking special units of Azerbaijan and Turkey.

Mr. Asadullayev acknowledged IOM’s support by stating that the National Coordinator is very pleased with IOM’s counter-trafficking activities and projects in support of Azerbaijani Government. IOM expressed its readiness to facilitate and support the capacity building of the governments on this regard.

The meeting was concluded in a friendly environment and the officials of both countries decided to improve bilateral cooperation on counter-trafficking between Turkey and Azerbaijan to contribute to the common justice.

It should be noted that the representatives of the Turkish special police unit was in Baku to participate at the Workshop on Sharing Best Practices in Combatting Trafficking in Persons among Diplomats organized by IOM Azerbaijan on 14 April 2016. Mr. Tolga Becer delivered a presentation on the Process of Combatting Trafficking in Turkey which engaged the interest of the audience who consisted of the Ambassadors and the representatives of consular officials and labour attaches of foreign embassies in Azerbaijan. The workshop aimed at facilitating a wider exchange of experiences among diplomats who are responsible for providing direct assistance to their countries’ citizens in States where they are accredited.

 
Empowering mine victims residing in conflict affected areas

Between 29 February and 9 March 2016 IOM conducted small business trainings targeting mine victims in five rural districts, namely Imishli, Saatli, Bilasuvar, Aghjabadi and Beylagan. The three day training that covered each of aforementioned areas, was organized in the framework of the project “Assisting Mine Survivors Residing in Conflict Affected Rural Areas Through Livelihood Support Grantsfunded by the UK’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF). The project aims to enhance socio-economic reintegration of mine survivors and their family members, as one of most vulnerable and marginalized groups, into Azerbaijan society, by helping them to earn their livelihoods, improve their standard of living and become participatory members with enhanced self-esteem in their society. 

During the training conducted by two professional trainers the participants were given different theoretical and practical information concerning establishing/expanding business. The events also became a platform for participants to share their own views regarding the challenges and opportunities of doing small business in rural areas.  

In total 53 mine victims / family member of mine victims from five target areas attended the training, where 49 business plans were submitted. The submitted business plans in particular cover cattle-breading, husbandry that are considered the areas of specialization in target districts. The project does also consider the distribution of grants among successful business plans that will be subject to evaluation of Selection Committee consisting of IOM and independent experts.

 
EU and IOM continue to support Azerbaijan in its capacity building efforts to prevent and combat irregular migration

Within the framework of the EU-funded ‘Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan’ Project, IOM is organizing Document Verification Seminar Series for State Border Service, State Migration Service and State Customs Committee officials.

The seminars aim to contribute to the enhancement of knowledge and skills of border guards, customs officers and migration officials of Azerbaijan in line with European and international best practices in critically examining and assessing a range of documentation to establish the potential for discovering forged and counterfeit documents.

The first seminar was conducted successfully on 2-4 March 2016 in Khachmaz and was well attended by a total of 11 officials.

The second seminar is organized in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and participated by 12 officials and was launched on 7 March and will continue until 9 March.

All of the participants from both Khachmaz and Nakhchivan are experienced in work with documents and are dynamically engaging in the activity and discussions and have confirmed that the seminar content and the structure have met their expectations and more importantly are able to apply during their daily works the newest European knowledge about falsified documents. The seminars are facilitated by IOM’s international experts namely Mr. Michael Buxbaum and Mr. Friedrich Frank from the Austrian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

 

 
Seminar on “Mainstreaming the International Mobility Dimension into Azerbaijan’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS)” in Baku, Azerbaijan

On 25-26 February 2016 IOM organized a seminar on mainstreaming the international mobility dimension into Azerbaijan’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS). The seminar was organized in the framework of the project ‘Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan’ funded by the European Union and co-funded by BP and its co-venturers. Two-day program was attended by 15 officials from the State Migration Service, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Tax, Ministry of Statistics, Azerbaijan Trade Unions Confederation and National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers) Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The seminar was facilitated by international experts Eivind Hoffmann and Jessica Latchford, national expert Vugar Bayramov as well as IOM international staff Marina Manke, IOM RO Vienna, Yelda Devlet, IOM Turkey and Svetlana Zhassymbekova, IOM Kazakhstan. The aim of the seminar was to share the first findings of the assessment report on LMIS in Azerbaijan with the officials of the state agencies, also to enhance the capacity of the Government stakeholders in Azerbaijan in mainstreaming migration aspects while developing the Labour Market Information System in the country. Moreover participants were able to look into European countries as well as Central Asian current practices and progresses in LMIS during these two days.

 
IOM enhances cooperation between governmental and non-governmental partners on counteracting migrant unauthorized employment and labour exploitation in Azerbaijan

On 24 February 2016 IOM organized a technical seminar for governmental and non-governmental partners on counteracting migrant unauthorized employment and labour exploitation in Azerbaijan. The seminar was organized in the framework of the project ‘Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan’ funded by the European Union. Clara Pascual de Vargas, IOM HQ, Marina Manke, IOM Regional Office for South-East Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Yelda Devlet, IOM Turkey and Svetlana Zhassymbekova, IOM Kazakhstan contributed to the seminar with their experience and presentations on overview of unauthorized employment and response mechanisms in a regional perspective. Vahid Gahramanov, Head of Migration Policy and Legislation Chief Department, State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan delivered a speech on  unauthorized employment of foreigners in Azerbaijan: key trends and public prevention measures. The seminar was a good platform to enhance the cooperation between governmental and non-governmental partners and facilitate the discussions and cooperation as well as possible coordination between state agencies, civil society and private sector. Participants of the seminar shared and exchanged the ideas and looked into challenges in order to advance a strong dialogue in the future.

 
Going beyond borders: building border health capacities in Azerbaijan

In an increasingly globalized world with ever increasing population mobility and disease transmission, enhancing national border health capacities is critical for ensuring public health security.  On 10-12 February 2016 , IOM Azerbaijan organized the training on Border Management and Migrants’ Health in the framework of the EU funded project entitled "Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan" (CMBA). The project is co-funded by BP and its co-venturers. The intensive three day program was attended by 33 officials from the State Border Service, State Migration Service and State Customs Committee.

The training was based on IOMs global experience in developing border health and migration health programs at points of entry and in cross-border settings. The training was delivered by international staff, namely Jaime Calderon, Senior Regional Migration and Health Specialist, IOM RO Vienna, Kolitha Wickramage, Public Health Specialist, IOM HQ, Mazen Aboulhosn, Emergency Coordinator and Psychosocial officer, IOM Turkey and national expert Mehriban Mammadova, IOM Azerbaijan. The aim of the training was to: outline the domestic and international legal frameworks pertaining to the health of migrants; examine the core competencies of border officials in the prevention and control of public health events of international concern; and capacities to respond to the psychosocial and mental health aspects of migrants and mobile populations. The interactive training based on evidence-based approaches were tailored to address the specific needs identified within Azerbaijan, as well as in the cross-broader regions. The participants also explored the need to strengthen technical capacities at the nexus of migration, health and border management.

 
IOM enhances training capacities in Azerbaijan on readmission and human rights

On 21-22 January and 1-2 February 2016, IOM Azerbaijan organized the Training of Trainers (ToT) on readmission and human rights in the framework of the Consolidation of Migration and Border Management in Azerbaijan (CMBA) project funded by the EU. The project is co-funded by BP and its co-venturers. The ToT aimed at enhancing training capacities on readmission and human rights in Azerbaijan and was attended by 18 trainees from the State Migration Service, State Border Service, Justice Academy, Ombudsman’s office, Institute on Human Rights of the Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan, Qafqaz University, ADA University. Four trainees out of the total 18 were officials of the Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the State Migration Service of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.

The first phase of the ToT took place on 21-22 January and was facilitated by IOM’s international expert Mr. Kirill Shevchenko and IOM’s Regional International Migration Law (IML) Specialist, Mr. Vassiliy Yuzhanin. The first day was dedicated mainly to readmission theme, covered by Mr. Shevchenko the topics on the emergence and development of readmission agreements in Europe; experience of the Russian Federation in managing readmission; EC practice in the sphere of readmission and return; and voluntary return as an alternative to readmission. On the second day Mr. Yuzhanin delivered sessions mainly focusing on introduction to the IML, human rights of migrants, as well as the training methodologies and overview of standard IML course.

The sessions of the second phase of the ToT on 1-2 February were delivered by the experts of the European Court of human Rights (ECtHR), Ms. Aida Grgic and Ms. Roberta Muscat, covering the human rights issues in the context of migration. The sessions included, but not limited to removal barriers; detention in an immigration context; remedies against unlawful detention; private and family life issues; freedom of movement and prohibitions on expulsions under the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR); reception conditions and social rights of migrants; and human trafficking. The references were made to the relevant articles of the ECHR and the cases of the ECtHR, in connection with the content of the Handbook on European Law Related to Asylum, Border and Immigration, jointly produced by the ECtHR and European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and was translated by IOM into Azerbaijani within the CMBA project.

The trainees demonstrated interest in the training topics, acknowledging the importance and relevance to the current needs, taking into account the issues of readmission are relatively new in the country, where local capacities are still to be developed. Being a signatory of the ECHR, the government of Azerbaijan also has commitment to ensure the human rights of migrants are protected and the training participants were interested to learn from the trainers the experience of other countries, and the challenges faced. They particularly appreciated the practical examples of cases.

To ensure the sustainability, the ToT programme will be followed by four cascade trainings with newly trained trainers in the lead, for the next group of selected officials. Two trainings will be held in Baku and two will take place in Nakhchivan.
 
The Launching the Azerbaijani version of the Handbook on European Law Related to Asylum, Border and Immigration

 On 1 February 2016, the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan (EU Delegation), the Council of Europe Office in Azerbaijan (CoE) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission to Azerbaijan launched the Azerbaijani version of the Handbook on European Law Related to Asylum, Border and Immigration, jointly produced by the European court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.
The handbook has been translated into Azerbaijani within the framework of
the “Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan” (CMBA) project implemented by IOM with financial support of the European Union. The project is co-funded by BP and its co-venturers.
The handbook examines the relevant law in the field of asylum, borders and immigration stemming from both European systems: the European Union and the Council of Europe. It provides an accessible guide to the various European standards relevant to asylum, borders and immigration. With the handbook, the CMBA Project seeks to assist migration authorities in Azerbaijan as well as legal practitioners, civil society organizations and other bodies that may be confronted with legal questions in any of the areas the handbook sets out to cover.

At the event, opening remarks were delivered by the Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Ms. Malena Mard, Head of the CoE office in Azerbaijan, Ms. Dragana Filipovic, Chief of IOM Mission in Azerbaijan, Mr. Serhan Aktoprak, Deputy Head of State Migration Service (SMS) of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Parviz Musayev, the Head of the Ombudsman’s Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Aydin Safikhanli, and the expert of the European Court of Human Rights – CoE, Ms. Aida Grgic.  

After welcoming the participants, the Chief of IOM Mission in Azerbaijan, Mr. Serhan Aktoprak expressed his gratitude to the Government of Azerbaijan for the strong will to continuously upgrade migration management in the country, and for continued cooperation and support to IOM, noting this successful cooperation of IOM and SMS can be a good example for other countries as well. Mr. Aktoprak mentioned that the handbook has translation in many languages, and translation in Azerbaijani is the third after Russian and Turkish, beyond EU countries, which is indeed a great achievement. He thanked the Donors of the project and ECtHR and FRA for developing such a useful handbook and their cooperation with IOM. 

The Deputy Head of the State Migration Service, Mr. Parviz Musayev stressed the effective cooperation of IOM and the SMS, and noted the importance of translation of the handbook, that will be a useful tool for the national authorities to learn from EU law and apply in their practice. Mr. Musayev also thanked the Donors, for availing funds for the project, IOM for translation of the handbook as well as the authors, ECtHR and FRA.

The Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, H.E. Ambassador Malena Mard considered the event to be of great importance and expressed that publication of the handbook is a part of a larger project, that covers many components, where SMS, MFA, MIA, SBS and MLSPP are key partners. IOM, the implementing party, closely works also with the Ombudsman’s Office, Human Rights Institute as well as the authorities in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. Together with IOM, EU Delegation will continue working closely with the Government of Azerbaijan, whereas there is much to learn from each other.

The Head of the CoE Office in Azerbaijan H.E. Ambassador Dragana Filipovic mentioned about the migration challenges in Europe and added that the states have obligation to protect the migrants’ rights and migrants should be treated humanely. Sustainable solution for the states is to work together. Special attention should be given to vulnerable groups. The CoE’s role is to ensure human rights are protected under the ECHR. The Government of Azerbaijan has very good cooperation in many fields, accepting the convention, and publication of the handbook is most timely, as it is comprehensive guide to many issues.

The Head of the Ombudsman’s Administration, Mr. Aydin Safikhanli stressed the importance of the handbook in the context of human rights. IOM pays special attention to building migration capacities in the country, and Ombudsman’s Administration takes part in these initiatives with great pleasure, having special sector for protection of rights of migrants, refugees and Internally Displaced Persons. He concluded that the handbook will be very important guide for users.

ECtHR lawyer, Ms. Aida Grgic expressed her pleasure also on behalf of Ms. Roberta Muscat, another lawyer of the ECtHR for having been invited to the launch event of the handbook and appreciated IOM’s interest and cooperation on translation of the ECtHR/FRA’s handbook, which is the second initiative where ECtHR/FRA collaborated with IOM in Azerbaijan. The first was the translation of the Handbook on European Non-discrimination Law, also the joint product of ECtHR and FRA, who started cooperation back in 2010. There are also handbooks on data protection and rights of the child already published, and the Handbook on Access to Justice is coming soon. Ms. Grgic hoped for continuation of the cooperation and thanked IOM and the donors for making available the handbook in Azerbaijani language.

The launch event was attended by the Ambassadors and Chiefs of Mission accredited to Azerbaijan, government officials representing various ministries and State agencies, representatives of the international organizations, civil society organizations and media.

 
IOM has launched the new "Counter-Trafficking in Persons Activity" project

On September 30, 2015 IOM Mission in Azerbaijan started the implementation of three year project ‘Counter-Trafficking in Persons Activity’ in Azerbaijan with the generous funding from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission to Azerbaijan. Though IOM Mission in Azerbaijan and USAID/Azerbaijan have been cooperating and coordinating development activities in Azerbaijan, this is the first time since the establishment of the IOM Mission in Baku they entered into a formal partnership to jointly support Azerbaijan's efforts in the area of countering trafficking in persons. The objective of the project is to assist the Government of Azerbaijan and civil society organizations to further improve Azerbaijan's effectiveness in preventing and combating trafficking in human beings. The project will raise public awareness on trafficking in human beings and provide technical and financial support to the shelters operated by civil society organizations for assisting potential and actual victims of human trafficking. In addition, the project will aim at further enhancing multi-stakeholder co-ordination and co-operation on tackling emerging forms of human trafficking and forced labor through facilitating round-table discussions and developing recommendations to the Government.

The project is expected to generate the following results:

  1. assistance to confirmed and presumed victims of trafficking and forced labor improved;

  2. public awareness and education on anti-trafficking increased, especially of vulnerable population groups; and

  3. professional dialogue, communication and co-ordination in support of effective and sustainable anti-trafficking response enhanced.

 
IOM experts deliver a capacity building training on inspection and monitoring of unauthorized employment

On 30 September and 1 October 2015 IOM Mission in Azerbaijan organized a training in Baku on inspection and monitoring of unauthorized employment of migrant workers in the framework of the project ‘Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan’ funded by the European Union. The representatives from the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population, State Labour Inspectorate, State Migration Service, State Border Service, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of National Security and Ombudsman’s Office attended the training. The training was delivered by IOM’s international expert Francesco Panzica and national expert Nigar Huseynova. Marina Manke from IOM Regional Office for South-East Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia contributed to the training with her presentation on undeclared work and its linkage to human trafficking and labour exploitation. The scope of the training was to provide an overview about international and EU norms and practices and on ways and means on how to prevent and fight against undeclared work and specifically concerning irregular employment of foreign workers. Effective management of institutional inter-agency coordination; review of the national legislation in combating undeclared work and irregular migration, compared with international legal provisions; the protection of migrants’ rights, in particular the rights of irregular migrants were among the training sessions.

 

IOM trains Azerbaijan State Border Service officers for Baku airport within the British Embassy Baku funded project

On 23 and 24 April 2015 IOM Mission in Azerbaijan organized a training for 15 officials of the State Border Service on secure document examination and forgery detection techniques and combatting trafficking in persons (TIP) and the role of border guards in this context at the State Border Service training centre in Baku in the framework of the project on ‘Preventing Trafficking In Persons through Capacity Building and Awareness Raising in Azerbaijan’ funded by the British Embassy Baku. The training was delivered by the IOM’s international experts Mr. Ian Fotheringham (expert in forged documents) and Ms. Astrid Ganterer (expert in combatting trafficking in persons).
All trainees were unanimously interested in the presented topics and fully engaged in all training sessions. The training participants who were all females have the perspective to be posted at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport. In addition, the representative of the British Embassy Baku participated at the training representing the donor. 
The training was the second of the series of trainings sessions that IOM organized for the new recruits to the State Border Service organized within the abovementioned project. On 28th January 2015, IOM organized one day training for 33 agents of the State Border Service during their three-month induction-training program. This training that was delivered by the international expert Mr. Paul Holmes provided the participants with a broad and generalised overview of the crime of trafficking in persons and their role in the Azerbaijan counter-trafficking response.

 
IOM continues to sensitize the youth on safe migration and risks of irregular migration

On 16 March 2015, IOM jointly with the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society (AzRCS) started to organize the awareness raising and sensitization seminars on migration, risks of irregular migration and dangers of trafficking. The first seminar was organized at the University of Tourism and Management which was participated by more than 30 students and teachers of the University.

The session continued with the demonstration of video materials and Two Little Girls video animation describing how this phenomenon take place and information materials, Two Little Girls flyers and DVDs were disseminated among the audience.

The seminars are organized jointly with the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society in cooperation with the Ministry of Education that are in line with the National Action Plan on Counter Trafficking for 2014-2018 years.

The seminars are organized as an activity of the Project ‘Enhancing Cooperation Measures to Effectively Combat Trafficking in Persons through Capacity Building and Technical Assistance in Azerbaijan – Phase IV’ funded by the US Department of State implemented by IOM Mission in Azerbaijan.

 
IOM and the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan continue contributing to the efforts of the Government of Azerbaijan for capacity building of civil servants to combat trafficking in persons

On 2-6 March 2015, IOM and the Academy of Public Administration (APA) organized yet another one-week training on counter-trafficking for civil servants in Azerbaijan.
The training course has been institutionalized within the APA’s Continuous Education Institute of the Civil Servants in 2013 and aims to equip civil servants with necessary skill and knowledge to identify, refer to appropriate governmental and non-governmental organizations for support and assist victims and potential victims of trafficking.  

The training was attended by 25 officials of local executive authorities from different cities and regions of Azerbaijan including Baku and Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. The sessions were facilitated by the experts and officials of the relevant state bodies including State Migration Service, Main Counter-Trafficking Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ombudsman’s Office, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population, State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs, IOM and experienced in the field lawyers as Ruslan Valiyev and Sahib Mammadov. The sessions were mainly focused on International, European and national counter-trafficking legislation, as well as referral, reintegration of and assistance to the victims of trafficking, etc. The training participants were presented certificates on completing the training programme at the end.
This training course has been developed in the framework of the comprehensive counter-trafficking programme funded by the US Department of State and implemented by IOM Mission in Azerbaijan since 2008.

 
Training on “Interviewing techniques during investigating asylum claims and interviewing irregular migrants and rejected asylum seekers” in Baku

On 24-25 February 2015, IOM Mission in Azerbaijan organized training on “Interviewing techniques during investigating asylum claims and interviewing irregular migrants and rejected asylum seekers” in Baku for the officials of the State Migration Service.

The training was carried out as an activity of the “Supporting the establishment of effective readmission management in South Caucasus” Project funded by the European Union with co-funding received from IOM Development Fund and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The training sessions were delivered by the experts from the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands.

The training participants indicated that as it is a new field for them, their expectations are to improve their skills and capacity on the topic.

The sessions included but not limited to the method of interviews with asylum seekers in Europe and its phases and the relevance thereof, interviewing techniques, interviewing vulnerable persons in depth. The training sessions raised the interest of the participants and were accompanied by exercises and games and plenary discussions to strengthen the practical skills and to exchange best practice in this field.

 
International Workshop on Return and Readmission in Baku, Azerbaijan

On 3-5 December 2014, IOM Mission in Azerbaijan organized the International Workshop on Return and Readmission in Baku within the project “Supporting the establishment of effective readmission management in South Caucasus” funded by the European Union with co-funding received from IOM Development Fund and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.  

The event was attended by more than 60 participants including senior officials from governmental authorities responsible for migration and return management in Azerbaijan, representatives of the European Commission (from both DG Home in Brussels and the Delegation in Azerbaijan), experts from EU Member States (Belgium, Germany) and Switzerland and non-EU countries (Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Turkey and Serbia), EU MS and other relevant Missions accredited in Azerbaijan, IOM regional and national experts as well as mass media.  The objective of the workshop was to facilitate exchange of experience, information and good practices in return and readmission with the involvement of EU Member States, IOM, and third-countries’ governments that have already implemented readmission agreements.   

Opening remarks were made by Mr. Parviz Musayev, the Deputy Chief of the State Migration Service; Mr. Jeroen Willems, Head of Operations, EU Delegation to Azerbaijan; and Mr. Serhan Aktoprak, Officer in charge, IOM Mission in Azerbaijan. The delegates and IOM experts had the opportunity to share their experiences including statistical and practical information in countering irregular migration, return management including assisted voluntary return and reintegration, negotiating, and implementing readmission agreements.

On the last day of the event, the international delegates visited the Migrant Accommodation Centre both open and closed facilities owned by the State Migration Service (SMS) of Azerbaijan followed by a short visit to the headquarters of the SMS. 

 
Launch Ceremony for ‘Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan’ project

On 22 October 2014, the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan (EU Delegation), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission to Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, the State Migration Service of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of Azerbaijan jointly launched the project ‘Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan’.
The EU-funded ‘Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan’ project aims to consolidate Azerbaijan’s migration management capacity to effectively implement the reforms foreseen by the EU-Azerbaijan Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements. This is in line with the Institutional Reform Plan II of the EU-Azerbaijan Comprehensive Institutional Building Programme, adopted by the EU and the Government of Azerbaijan in 2012, and in full observance of international and European human rights standards.
The project will contribute to the efforts towards achieving an effective management of procedures and processes vis-à-vis the emigration, immigration, transit and asylum flows by following a tailored approach and taking into account the specific roles and needs of the State agencies of Azerbaijan. IOM will be implementing the project jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Migration Service, State Border Service, Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population. Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society will provide partner support.
Opening remarks were delivered by the Head of the European Union Delegation to Azerbaijan, H.E. Ambassador Malena Mard, by the Deputy Head of State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Parviz Musayev, by the Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Matin Karimli, by the Head of the Humanitarian Issues Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Marat Kangarlinski and by the Regional Director for Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the International Organization for Migration, Ms. Renate Held.
The Head of the European Union Delegation to Azerbaijan, H.E. Ambassador Malena Mard considered the event to be of great importance and expressed that European Union’s commitment to support the Azerbaijan authorities in migration management has been long standing. ‘The EU Azerbaijan cooperation has evolved through different instruments and since 2007, Azerbaijan and the EU cooperate under the under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The will of the European Union to support Azerbaijani authorities in this field has been reinforced upon the signature last year of the Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements. This action, supported through funding of the ENPI, is complimentary to the actions implemented between the EU and Azerbaijan within the framework of the Mobility Partnership. EU provides EURO 2,6 million of the total EURO 3,3 million budget of the project’ continued, top EU Diplomat.
The Deputy Head of State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Parviz Musayev stressed that the project contributes to the implementation of agreements on visa facilitation and readmission agreements between the EU and Azerbaijan, which entered into force on 1 September 2014.
The Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Matin Karimli noted that data and information management is crucial for effective migration policy development.
The Head of the Department of Humanitarian and Social Affairs of the Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Marat Kangarlinski said that the project contributes to the efficient management procedures and issues of migration, immigration, transit and shelter.
The Regional Director for Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the International Organization for Migration, Ms. Renate Held highlighted that the project will enable IOM to use its global expertise as well as the experience acquired in Azerbaijan to support the Government in enhancing its migration and border management system and ensuring its effective functioning. She added that this initiative aims to contribute to Azerbaijan’s strategic priorities, including the country’s Development Concept for 2020, Azerbaijan-EU cooperation, most notably in the context of the EU-Azerbaijan Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements, but more broadly in the context of the Eastern Partnership, European Neighbourhood Policy and the Mobility Partnership.
The launch event was attended by the Ambassadors of EU Member States, government officials representing various ministries and State agencies, representatives of the international organizations and media.

 
Launch Event for the ‘Two Little Girls’ campaign in Azerbaijan

On 22nd of October 2014 the British Embassy in Baku and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in Azerbaijan organized the launch event of the ‘Two Little Girls’ awareness raising campaign in Azerbaijan.  Senior officials from the government authorities involved to the migration, Embassies and international organizations and non-governmental organizations have been invited to attend the event. Thus, the Deputy minister of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population (MLSPP), director of the Victims Assistance Centre under MLSPP, departmental head of the State Migration Service, representatives of the Cabinet of Minister, Ombudsman’s Office, State Committee on Family, Women, Children Affairs, UNICEF, UNDPI, OSCE, USAID, UNHCR, ILO, the ambassadors and senior officials of the British, Moldovan, US, Tajikistan, Serbian, Russian, Latvian embassies and representatives of the non-governmental organizations such as Azerbaijan Migration Centre, Azerbaijan Children’s Union, “Women of XXI Century”, TAMAS Regional Development Public Union (Ganja city), journalists and media representative participated in the launch event.
The British
Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Irfan Siddiq opened the launch event and highlighted the importance of the campaign in combating sex trafficking and expressed his to gratitude to the government for their commitment. He indicated that the campaign has already been successfully spread in several countries in Europe and hoped that it would have positive results in Azerbaijan as well.
Deputy Head of the Main Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Police colonel Imran Najafov highlighted that the problem of trafficking in persons is global and Azerbaijan joined to the relevant conventions of UN and actively struggles with it. He emphasized the activities of the law-enforcement authorities.
Regional Director for Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the International Organization for Migration, Ms. Renate Held thanked his Excellency, the British Ambassador, Mr. Irfan Siddiq for convening the event and indicated that trafficking in persons is one of the most heinous international crimes of the globalized era and exploits the most vulnerable of human beings. Sadly, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children continue to be abused and exploited by this human rights violation all over the world. She indicated that according to the recent estimates of the International Labour Organization, forced labour in the private economy alone generates USD 150 billion in illegal profits per year, of which USD 99 billion comes from sexual exploitation. So, trafficking remains the world’s third most profitable criminal activity. She expressed her appreciation to the funding organizations, British Embassy and government of Azerbaijan for their excellent cooperation and continued efforts aimed at eradicating trafficking in persons.
Mr. Serhan Aktoprak, the Officer in Charge of the IOM Mission in Azerbaijan expressed his gratitude to the British Embassy in Baku for their support and hosting the event, the UK charities most notably Comic Relief and the Tudor Trust for their generous support to carry out the campaign in Azerbaijan. He indicated that in cooperation with Khazar Television, the campaign in Azerbaijan seeks to sensitize and raise awareness among the population to the dangers and risks of human trafficking, and thus to support its combating. In addition to the video, the IOM jointly with the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society will be holding a series of awareness raising seminars to highlight the risks of trafficking and further promote the key themes of the ‘Two Little Girls’ campaign during these seminars.
In the continuation of the launch event the Two Little Girls video was presented.
The media and press covered the launch event and spread the word about the campaign.

 
IOM organized study visit of Azerbaijani government officials to Germany and Belgium on return and readmission matters

From 28 September to 4 October 2014, IOM organized a seven-day visit to Germany and Belgium for ten relevant migration authorities from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population, Ministry of National Security, State Migration Service and the State Border Service. The main focus of the visit was to study experience of Germany and Belgium on return (i.e. forced return, voluntary departure and assisted voluntary return and reintegration) and to expose the participants to practices of managing migrant accommodation facilities as well as  how to secure full respect for human rights while preserving the integrity of immigration and asylum legislation. The return and readmission experience and practices of the countries in question has been shared taking into account the recent conclusion of readmission agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan.

The study visit included meetings in Nuremberg with the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, the Return Counseling Office and IOM Nuremberg Office; in Munich with the Bavarian Ministry of Interior and the Federal Police Inspectorate of the Munich Airport; in Brussels with the Belgian Immigration Office, the Centre for European Policy Studies, EC and IOM Mission to Belgium and Luxemburg, Embassy of Azerbaijan to Belgium and Luxemburg. The Delegation also had an opportunity to visit a closed type accommodation centre in Vottem, Belgium.
The study visit was organized as an activity of the regional project “Supporting the Establishment of Effective Readmission Management in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia” funded by the European Union with the co-funding received from IOM Development Fund and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

 
IOM launched roll-out trainings on International Migration Law in regions of Azerbaijan

IOM Mission in Azerbaijan organized a two-day training on International Migration Law (IML) in Yevlakh on 2-3 October 2014. The training being the second of its kind were delivered by two trained trainers from the State Migration Service who passed the IML Training of Trainers course in May 2014. The key objective of this course is to raise the awareness of government officials and those working on managing migration within the rule of law.

A total of 15 participants from relevant government authorities of the Republic of Azerbaijan – the State Migration Service, State Border Service, District Police Departments, Prosecutor’s Office as well as representatives from relevant NGOs took an active part in the course on the concerned topics – IML terminology; sources of IML; authority and responsibility of states; rights of migrants; trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, return of migrants, etc.  

At the end of the training course, the participants were provided with certificates of completion and CDs containing electronic training module. The next roll-out trainings will be held in Khachmaz, Lankaran and Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic during October –November 2014.

The training course was organized as a part of the regional project “Supporting the Establishment of Effective Readmission Management in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia” funded by the European Union with co-funding received from IOM Development Fund and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

 
The next training course on International Migration Law held in Baku

IOM Mission in Azerbaijan organized a two-day training on International Migration Law (IML) and one-day training on IML training methodology in Baku during 9-11 September 2014. The two-day training were delivered by two trained trainers who passed the IML Training of Trainers course in May 2014. The course designed for government officials, academia, and representatives of international and non-governmental organizations focused on the international legal framework governing migration. The methodology part of the course was delivered by IOM regional expert from Vienna on the third day of the training for those who are expected to conduct roll-out trainings on the mentioned topics in future.
The key objective of this Course is to raise the awareness of government officials and those working on managing migration within the rule of law.

A total of 25 participants from relevant government authorities of the Republic of Azerbaijan – the State Migration Service, State Border Service, Ministry of National Security, Department on Combating Illegal Migration at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, District Police Departments, as well as academia took an active part in the course on the concerned topics – IML terminology; sources of IML; authority and responsibility of states; rights of migrants; trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, return of migrants, etc.  

At the end of the training course, the participants were provided with certificates of completion and also CDs containing electronic training module.

The training course was organized as a part of the regional project “Supporting the Establishment of Effective Readmission Management in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia” funded by the European Union with the co-funding received from IOM Development Fund and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

 

The presentation of the research report on ‘Migrants Spouses and Family Members Staying Behind in Azerbaijan

IOM Mission in Azerbaijan and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly organized an event dedicated to the presentation of the research report on ‘Migrants Spouses and Family Members Staying Behind in Azerbaijan’ on 27th of June 2014 at the UN House Conference Room. This report is the result of the project on ‘Building Knowledge and Improving Support for Migrants’ Spouses and Family Members Staying Behind in Azerbaijan’, which was carried out by the IOM with financial support from the UNDP and was published in Azerbaijani and English.

Welcoming the participants of the event, Mr. Antonius Broek, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative informed about the advantages and disadvantages of migration both in national and global level. He stressed the importance of the findings for the central and local authorities, and all stakeholders aiming or standing ready to improve the development opportunities, rights and social protection of migrants’ spouses and families staying behind in Azerbaijan. 

Mr. Serhan Aktoprak,  Officer in charge, IOM Mission in Azerbaijan stated that the overall objective of the research was to improve protection of rights and livelihoods of migrants’ spouses and family members staying behind in Azerbaijan and specific objectives were to attain better understanding and enhanced awareness among policymakers on the situation of the target group and existing gaps in policy and support programmes and improved legal support for the target group and increased awareness on access procedures of the legal assistance.

The representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers, State Migration Service, the Ministry Economy and Industry, the Ministry of Education, the State Committee on Deals of Refugees and IDPs, the State Committee for Family, Women, and Children Affairs, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNFPA, ILO, OSCE, USAID and the foreign countries’ Embassies residing in Azerbaijan participated at the presentation ceremony of the research report.

You can find the research report from here.

 

Training of Trainers Course on International Migration Law held in Baku

IOM Mission in Azerbaijan organized a three-day Training of Trainers (ToT) course on International Migration Law (IML) in Baku during 13-15 May 2014. The Course designed for government officials, academia, and representatives of international and non-governmental organizations focuses on the international legal framework governing migration. The key objective of this Course is to raise the awareness of government officials and those working on managing migration within the rule of law.
Participants from relevant government authorities of the Republic of Azerbaijan – the State Migration Service, State Border Servic
e, Counter Trafficking Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population and the Aviation Security Service as well as academia took an active part in the course comprised of theoretical learning, practical exercises, group discussions and presentations on the concerned topics – Subjects and area of regulation of IML; IML terminology; Sources of IML; Authority and responsibility of states; Rights of migrants; Trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. 
At the end of the ToT course, the participants were provided with certificates of successful completion and also CDs containing electronic training module.
The IML ToT course was organized as a part of the regional project “Supporting the Establishment of Effective Readmission Management in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia” funded by the European Union with the co-funding received from IOM Development Fund and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

 

Study visit to Russia for Azerbaijan government officials

From 15 April to 17 April 2014, IOM organized a 3 full day study visit to Russia for 6 Azerbaijani migration authorities from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population, State Migration Service, and State Border Service. The main focus of the visit was to study experience in implementation of readmission agreements between Russia and EU/Russia and third countries, including structure and content of a model readmission agreement, practices in implementation of readmission agreements as well as legal basis for establishing implementation procedures of readmission agreements. The delegation also visited the Bolshevo Readmission and Training Centre for third county nationals subject to readmission located in the Moscow region.
The meetings were taken place in the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation and in the Readmission centre including Azerbaijani Embassy to the Russian Federation, and IOM office in Moscow. The colleagues from IOM office in Moscow presented their experience in implementing projects related to enhancement of readmission mechanisms in the Russian Federation.
The study visit was organized as a part of the regional project “Supporting the Establishment of Effective Readmission Management in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia” funded by the European Union with the co-funding received from IOM International Development Fund and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

 

International Conference on Migration Policy and Human Rights in the Republic of Azerbaijan

On 10 April, 2014, IOM together with the Institute on Human Rights and Conflict Studies of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) and the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan organized an International Conference in Baku dedicated to Migration Policy and Human Rights in the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The conference was attended by up to 120 participants including migration experts, practitioners and fellow researchers on politics, economics, social and humanitarian sciences, government officials from relevant Ministries and state committees, parliamentarians, representatives of embassies, international organizations and mass media. The opening remarks were made by Aytan Mustafayeva, the Member of Parliament and the Director of the Institute on Human Rights and Conflict Studies; Serhan Aktoprak, Officer in Charge, IOM Azerbaijan and Parviz Musayev, the Deputy Chief of the State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republic which followed by presentations from migration authorities, experts and practitioners and international guests on topics “Migration Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan and protection of the rights and freedoms of the foreigners and stateless persons”; “Migration policy and providing security in the South Caucasus region”; “International experience and cooperation in the regulation of migration policy of the Republic of Azerbaijan”; “Immigration Law and Its Application: Conceptions, Trends, and Guidance Europewide”; “Migration processes in the South Caucasus region”; “The foundations of migration and migration processes in Azerbaijan as an indicator of economic progress”, etc. The event was widely covered by mass media including printed, TV and web media.
The conference was organized as a part of the regional project “Supporting the Establishment of Effective Readmission Management in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia” funded by the European Union with the co-funding received from IOM International Development Fund and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Community Based Small Business Trainings and Micro-Credit Revolving Fund for Azerbaijan Mine Survivors

IOM has been carrying out the Community Based Small Business Trainings and Micro-Credit Revolving Find for Azerbaijan Mine Survivors since August 2013 in partnership with the ANAMA (Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action) and NGO Chirag, with financial support received from the UNDP.
The project aims to enhance socio-economic reintegration of mine survivors and their families, as a vulnerable and marginalized group, into Azerbaijan society, by helping them to earn their livelihoods, improve their standard of living and become participatory members with enhanced self-esteem in their society. This action is carried within the broader UNDP-ANAMA ‘Building Capacities for Mine Action in Azerbaijan’ project (2011-2015). It builds upon the positive results and outcomes achieved from the previous two (2)-phased “Socio-economic Reintegration Programme for Mine Survivors in Azerbaijan” project during 2008-2012 under a quadripartite partnership among the International Trust Fund, the International Organiz
ation for Migration, ANAMA and the “CHIRAG” NGO. 
Since the inception of the project, many positive results have been made towards achieving the aimed objective, including establishing partnership and cooperation grounds with concerned stakeholders, and supporting beneficiaries’ business start-up through trainings and loans distribution.
Activities carried out so far include:

  • Community outreach sessions and stakeholders meetings for the introduction of the project in the target regions in September and October 2013;  

  •  Quick situation assessment of the former beneficiaries in Aghjabedi, Barda, Beylgan, Bilasuvar, Ganja, Goranboy, Imishily, Sabirabad, Saatli and Tartar during September-October 2013;

  • Small business development trainings for 52 mine victims in Saatli, Imishily, Beylagan, Aghjabedi and Bilasuvar during November 2013;

  •  Business plans development by the training participants and loan disbursement to support the start-up of the 50 approved business plans in November 2013; 

  • Monthly business monitoring and counselling, loan collection and counselling for other mine victims with their inquiries have been on-going since December 2013 till now.

Beneficiaries invested the zero-interest credits into small business like sheep, cattle and poultry breeding, husbandry, vegetable growing, sewing workshop, small shop and tea house, etc. All beneficiaries have been repaying the credits timely and they are very much satisfied with the business status, with their business opportunities, enhanced engagement in the income generation and contribution to family livelihoods.

IOM, ANAMA and Chirag will more closely work to support the beneficiaries’ improved livelihoods and reintegration into the society through counseling of the established business and addressing their life challenges in cooperation with the concerned stakeholders. IOM and partners have been receiving many requests for the realization of similar projects in the future, and endeavors for the mine victims’ sustainable livelihoods will be continued.    

 

Call for Proposals - Layihə təklifləri üçün elan


İnsan alveri ilə mübarizə sahəsində fəaliyyətlərlə bağlı Bakı istisna olmaqla, Azərbaycanın digər şəhər və bölgələrində qeydiyyatdan keçmiş QHT/KİV konsorsiumları üçün BMqT Tərəfindən Maliyyələşmə İmkanı
Beynəlxalq Miqrasiya Təşkilatının (BMqT) Azərbaycandakı Nümayəndəliyi Elanın verilmə tarixi: 05 mart 2014-cü il
Layihə təkliflərinin göndərilməsi üçün son tarix: 31 mart 2014-cü il saat 16:00.
Layihə təklifləri elektron poçt, faks və ya poçt vasitəsilə göndərilə bilər.
Son tarixdən sonra qəbul edilmiş layihə təklifləri nəzərə alınmayacaq.

 

 

Study visit to Poland for Azerbaijan government officials

From 17 February to 21 February 2014, IOM organized a study visit to Poland for 6 Azerbaijani government officials. The main focus of the visit was to study the policies and practices in place in Poland regarding migration, return and readmission management including management of migrant accommodation centers of irregular migrants.
In close cooperation with the Polish authorities, especially the Ministry of Interior, IOM Baku office assisted by IOM Warsaw office, had organized a 4-day programme containing a variety of activities, including meetings with relevant departments of the Ministry of Interior, including Border Guards, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Polish NGO – Wspolnota Polska, visits to the Warsaw International Airport, the Migrant Accommodation Centre in Biala Podlaska and IOM office in Warsaw. The colleagues from IOM office in Warsaw presented the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration programme implemented in cooperation with the Polish authorities.
The study visit was organized as a part of the regional project “Supporting the Establishment of Effective Readmission Management in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia” funded by the European Union with the co-funding received from IOM International Development Fund and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Cascade trainings in the regions of Azerbaijan

IOM is organizing 4 cascade trainings in the regions of Azerbaijan to enhance the capacities of local NGOs, press/media representatives, labor inspectors and trade unions on monitoring, identifying, reporting and referring trafficking and labor exploitation as well as on effectively fundraising and proposal writing. This activity is supported with the financial support of the US State Department within the Project “Enhancing National Capacity in Identifying and Assisting Victims and Potential Victims of Trafficking in Azerbaijan”.
The trainings will serve as good opportunities for local actors to share their knowledge and experience, and discuss possible cooperation in the concerned areas in a collegial team environment.
Following these trainings, the NGOs and other participants in the regions will be invited to establish consortiums and develop project proposals on awareness raising, provision of direct assistance and reintegration support of victims of trafficking through a Call for Proposals.
The cascade training plan is as follows.
Dates and places:

  1. 29, 30, 31 January 2014, Mingechevir

  2. 12, 13, 14 February 2014, Guba

  3. 19, 20, 21 February 2014, Lankaran

  4. 26, 27, 28 February 2014, Tartar

IOM invites the interested NGOs and press/media representatives, labor inspectors and trade unions to participate in the trainings. Please refer to the link below for more information and to apply for the training. The interested persons should submit the application form filled to the following email address kkarimova@iom.int. For further queries please contact 012 4659071 (ext. 17).

Click here for application

Beynəlxalq Miqrasiya Təşkilatı Sizi insan alveri ilə mübarizə sahəsində keçiriləcək təlimdə iştirak etməyə dəvət edir
BMqT, ABŞ Dövlət Departamentinin maliyyə dəstəyi ilə “Azərbaycanda insan alveri qurbanları və potensial insan alveri qurbanlarının müəyyən edilməsi və onlara yardım göstərilməsi üçün potensialların gücləndirilməsi” layihəsi çərçivəsində Regional QHT-lər, kütləvi informasiya vasitələrinin nümayəndələri və həmkarlar ittifaqlarının insan alveri və əməyin istismarı ilə mübarizə sahəsində potensiallarını artırmaq üçün 4 silsilə təlim təşkil edir. 
Bu təlimlərin məqsədi çoxtərəfli yanaşma vasitəsilə regional QHT və KİV nümayəndələrinin, həmkarlar ittifaqlarının və əmək müfəttişlərinin insan alveri, potensial insan alveri və əməyin istismarı hallarının daha səmərəli şəkildə müəyyən edilməsi, müvafiq qurumlara istiqamətləndirilməsi, onlara birbaşa yardım göstərilməsi, o cümlədən, fandreyzinq və layihə təklifi hazırlanması sahəsində bacarıqlarının artırılmasıdır. Təlimlər 3 gün ərzində davam edəcək və aşağıda göstərilən yerlərdə və tarixlərdə keçiriləcəkdir.

  1. Mingəçevir: 29-30-31 yanvar 2014-cü il

  2. Quba: 12-13-14 fevral 2014-cü il

  3. Lənkəran: 19-20-21 fevral 2014-cü il

  4. Tərtər: 26-27-28 fevral 2014-cü il

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Official event dedicated to celebration of the International Migrants Day, 18 December 2013

On 18 December 2013, IOM Azerbaijan in cooperation with the State Migration Service and Office of Ombudsman of the Republic of Azerbaijan organized an official event in observance of the International Migrants Day proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2000 in line with the date of adoption of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. More than 90 participants from different government agencies, UN Agencies, Embassies and Consulates of foreign countries, international organizations, civil society and migrants and media representatives  participated in the event.   
The purpose of the event was to bring together government agencies, international organizations and non-governmental organizations functional in the area of protection of migrants’ human rights and conduct joint activities and hold effective discussions.   
The event was opened by IOM Azerbaijan Officer in charge, Mr. Serhan Aktoprak who welcomed the participants and highlighted the message of IOM Director General in observance of the International Migrants Day. Later on, the high-level government officials made speeches on the protection of migrants’ rights. Ms. Elmira Suleymanova, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Parviz Musayev, Deputy Chief of the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Seymur Mardaliyev, Head of Humanitarian and Social Issues Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Telman Mammadov, Head of department on refugees, IDPs and migration problems of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan took the floor and underlined the importance of the day.
A migrant who fled with his girlfriend from Afghanistan a year ago, briefed about his story in Azerbaijan and support from the Government of Azerbaijan in reception centre who assisted him to marry in Azerbaijan.
IOM Head of Land, Property and Reparations Division of Department of Operations and Emergencies in Geneva, Mr. Peter Van der Auweraert made a presentation on “IOM Migration Crisis Operational Framework”.
The event was widely covered by mass media including printed, TV and web media.

 

IOM Regional Conference "Solidifying Awareness on Trafficking in Persons in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia through Education" in Tbilisi on 5-6 December 2013

On 5 and 6 December 2013, IOM organized in Tbilisi the Regional Conference "Solidifying Awareness on Trafficking in Persons in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia through Education".  The final conference was conducted in the framework of the project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation . The conference has summarized the project implementation progress, exhanged effective practices and possible measures that will enhance and secure the sustainability of the project in the three respective countries.
Participants in this conference included high-level representatives from the Ministries of Education, Internal Affairs and Justice, partner civil society organizations, and experts from schools and universities from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.  They discussed the implementation and impact of the project in the South Caucasus countries and measures to further support integration of counter-trafficking issues into the national education curricula after the completion of the project, with the ultimate aim to raise awareness among youngsters of the dangers of trafficking in persons and ways available for safe migration.
This regional conference featured an exhibition of all publications of each country that have been produced during the project (manuals and books, posters, brochures as well as audio-visual material in the form of a movie and television clips), together with a photo exhibition of the various activities undertaken during the previous phases of the project. The opening of the exhibition of visual materials was made by the Director of the Georgian State Fund for the Protection and Assistance to Victims of Trafficking in Persons.

 

“Addressing Migration Challenges: Sharing Experience on Migration Management”
  24-25 October 2013, Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Azerbaijan

IOM Mission in Azerbaijan held an international conference “Addressing Migration Challenges: Sharing Experience on Migration Management” during 24-25 October 2013 at the Nakhchivan Business Center of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Azerbaijan. The event was organized under the framework of the project “Establishing Effective Mechanisms Safeguarding the Rights of Persons Involved in Migration in Azerbaijan” which is financially supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It was realized through the close cooperation and coordination with the State Migration Service of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.
There were more than 70 participants from Nakhchivan and Baku as well as foreign countries, such as Austria, Georgia, Moldova, Norway, Romania and Ukraine. Participants were comprised of government officials from different ministries, international as well as non-governmental organizations.
Starting from the opening remarks by the Head of the State Migration Service of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Mr. Fazil Alekberov and Officer in charge of the IOM Mission in Azerbaijan, Mr. Serhan Aktoprak, the 2-day conference ran through 5 different sessions.
    -    Session I: Effective migration management in a transnational context
    -    Session II: Human rights of migrants
    -    Session III: Exploring effective ways of combating irregular migration
    -    Session IV: Border and Immigration Management
    -    Session V: Emerging Areas: Migration and Development; Migration and Health
All the participants acknowledged the significance and importance of this conference held in Azerbaijan, in particular in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, as an opportunity for a mutual learning, network and partnership enhancement. Azerbaijan is located in the cross road between Europe and Asia as a geopolitically very important country in the region. At the same time, it has transformed from a country of origin to a country destination in terms of the migration perspective due to the impressive economic development achieved in recent years. Azerbaijan, including the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, borders with many countries and has initiated several reforms for the effective migration and border management through improvement of the legislative and other technical aspects. Since no one country can cope with complex challenges in the areas of the migration and border management, such event like this conference plays a big role to showcase good practices and proposing innovative suggestions for more effective solutions.   .

 

Autumn Camp for Youth organized within the project Solidifying Awareness on Trafficking in Persons in Azerbaijan through Education

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) together with implementing partners - Azerbaijan Children Union (ACU) and "Educated Society" Support to Modern Education Public Union organized a autumn camp for youth in Lankaran during 21-27 October 2013 in the framework of the project “Solidifying Awareness on Trafficking in Persons in Azerbaijan through Education” funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
Twenty students aged between 18-23 studying at the Baku State University, Azerbaijan Teachers’ Institute, the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Baku Slavic University, Azerbaijan State Academy of  Fine Arts, Azerbaijan State Oil Academy , “Odlar Yurdu” University, Azerbaijan State Economic University, Sumgayit State University, Nakhchivan State University, Lankaran Medical College, Baku State Communication and Transportation College were trained on topics “What is trafficking in persons?”, “Prevention of trafficking in persons”, “Combating against trafficking in persons in international documents”, “Local Legislative base on the mentioned topic”, “Involvement ways and exploitation forms of victims”, “Safe migration” and “Rehabilitation of victims of trafficking” etc. during the autumn camp.  It should worth mentioning that the participants act as volunteers, social workers and active members of different local NGOs and youth organizations. They were from Baku and different regions of Azerbaijan including Beylagan, Barda, Astara, Lankaran, Bilasuvar, Tovuz and Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.
The interactive methods such as brainstorming, work in large and small groups were used, presentations delivered and an educational movie demonstrated during the training sessions. The participants will further disseminate information on trafficking prevention and safe migration among their peers in their own communities, educational institutions in interaction with their teachers and other students.
Intellectual games, energizers and other recreational activities have been organized for the autumn camp participants.
During the entire autumn camp, apart from trainings, leisure time of the participants was also organized with excursions to museums and reserves of Lankaran.
The participants have been awarded with certificates upon completion of the camp.
The above-mentioned activities were organized in the framework of the third phase of the project.
One of the components of the project is to stimulate information exchange among youngsters. In this context, IOM focuses on awareness through transferring knowledge about prevention of trafficking in persons and safe migration to the youth and building their skills to act as trainers towards their peers. It should be mentioned that besides this camp two summer camps and one winter camp for teenagers and youth were organized during 2011-2013.

 

Presentation by IOM Expert on “Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Migrants” at the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan

More than 75 officials of the State Migration Service (SMS) attended the induction training on the “Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Migrants” on 5th October 2013. The training was organized within the framework of the project “Establishing Effective Mechanisms Safeguarding the Rights of Persons Involved in Migration in Azerbaijan” which is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway.
The one-hour long presentation to enhance understanding of the migration professionals on the psychosocial and other related needs of migrants was conducted by Mr. Guglielmo Schininà, the Head of the IOM Mental Health, Psychosocial Response and Intercultural Communication Section, IOM Headquarters.
The presentation included information about the definitions of the mental health and psychosocial support, identity as a key concept of wellbeing of migrants, physical and emotional threats could be posed to migrants over all phases of the migration process, and possible psychosocial support within the assistance system through basic, focused and specialized services.
Participants in the training were from various departments of the SMS, including staff who directly deal with services for migrants as well as officials who work on the policy and legal support related issues. Throughout the presentation, the presenter made the session interactive with the participants exchanging questions and answers.
The presenter also expressed the interest and benefits to bring more full-fledged and focused training programs for the migration professionals, such as the mental health and psychosocial support for returning migrants, victims of trafficking, and separated children.   
*** IOM works with partners and key stakeholders to strengthen the capacity of psychosocial services offered to vulnerable migrants. IOM is also a member of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, and has provided psychosocial support to and created capacity-building initiatives for crisis-affected populations in emergency and post-emergency situations since 1998.

 

Induction training on the ‘Mental Health and Psychosocial Support during Emergency and Displacement’

IOM Mission in Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society jointly organized a two (2)-day capacity building induction training on the ‘Mental Health and Psychosocial Support during Emergency and Displacement’ in Tezekend and Diyalli villages of the Ismayilli district of Azerbaijan during 03 – 04 October 2013.
The training was conducted by Mr. Guglielmo Schininà, Head, IOM Mental Health, Psychosocial Response and Intercultural Communication Section, IOM Headquarters and Ms. Nino Shushania, Migration Health Thematic Coordinator, Psychologist, IOM Mission in Georgia.
This training aimed to sensitize and build capacity of the AzRCS staff, volunteers and CBDRR (Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction) groups in the target villages to enhance community resilience and ensure emergency preparedness for provision of efficient response and facilitating recovery from natural disasters. The focus of the induction training activity was to provide a given frame of understanding of the psychosocial dimension of displacement and crisis-affected societies, while presenting harmonized ethics, approaches and tools associated with psychosocial support.
In total 32 persons participated in the training which was comprised of theoretical learning, practical exercise, group discussions and presentation. At the end of the 2-day training, all the participated persons were presented with certificates of attendance and training material sets. 
***IOM is a standing member of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee and assumes the role and responsibility of the Cluster Lead for Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) during natural disasters according to its Migration Crisis Operational Framework. In light of this, the given capacity building activity will facilitate development of specific knowledge including basic skills for provision of relevant psychosocial responses during times of natural disasters as such, as well as in a variety of emergency settings.

 

International Youth Day 2013 celebration at the UN House in Baku

On August 12th 2013 young people, civil society representatives and youth activists strolled into the UN House in Baku, Azerbaijan to jointly celebrate International Youth Day. Welcomed by UN Department of Public Information (UN DPI) Representatives in Azerbaijan, and joined by guest speakers – Mr. Serhan Aktoprak, Officer in charge in IOM Azerbaijan and Mr. Yashar Hamzayev from the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Azerbaijan, more than 40 young enthusiasts gathered to hear from the specialists. Mr.Aktoprak delivered a speech concerning the significance of migration in the event that UN Department of Public Information organized. Also, Mr. Yashar Hamzayev participated on that occasion and emphasized the need for vocational education and training.

 

International Youth Day 2013 celebration at the International Eurasia Press Fund (IEPF)
Vocational Training Center in Tartar

On 12 August 2013, young people from regions – Aghdam, Tartar, Beylagan, Yevlakh and Barda and  other participants included staff members of IOM and IEPF, staff and volunteers of the IEPF Vocational Training Center, Peace Corps volunteers and members of the Azerbaijan Mine Victim Association’s Tartar branch gathered to celebrate the International Youth Day which has its theme “Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward”. Over 40 youth volunteers of the “Azerbaijan Youth Advocate Program” took part in the event held at the IEPF Vocational Training Center in Tartar.
The event began with the opening remarks from the Chairman of IEPF, Umud Mirzayev who spoke about significance of the day and UNICEF’s support for development of rural youth and adolescence. He emphasized the need for young people to be responsible and well-informed first in their own society, and transmit positive values when the opportunity arises which enable them to live in an entirely new environment. A member of youth volunteers group read to the audience the translated version of the UN Secretary General’s statement in commemoration of International Youth Day.
IOM Programme Coordinator, Saltanat Mammadova made a presentation on IOM globally and in Azerbaijan as well as on positive and negative impacts of migration including dangers of irregular migration such as trafficking in persons.  She mentioned about IOM Azerbaijan prevention projects through education which promote safe migration and raise awareness of the risks of trafficking in persons among young people. “Some of the reasons why young people migrate could be because of employment, education or  basically to try something new or adventurous. Youth migrants have contributed enormously to civilization and development, and the trend will always continue because people are constantly on the move,” she said. She encouraged young people to always opt for regular and migration and consult safe and appropriate channels to make well-informed decisions. Later on, an educational movie depicting recruitment ways of trafficking in persons demonstrated to the audience which followed by the discussion and questions and answers. 
Peace Corps volunteers, Leigh Maddox and Mathew Nelson briefly spoke about youth migration in the context of its contribution to global development. Nick Nwolisa, IEPF’s Director of Programs and coordinator of the UNICEF/IEPF AYAP project, moderated a dialogue session with the youths based on IOM developed questions. Young people responded to different questions and expressed their views on impacts of migration.
At the end of the event, IOM provided awareness raising materials to the youth volunteers in order to further share collected materials and information among their peers and in their communities.

 

Round table on international support to development of programs to eliminate child neglect and violations in the context of prevention of human trafficking

On 6 June, 2013, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in cooperation with the State Committee on Family, Woman and Child Issues of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan National Non-Governmental Forum held a round table focusing on development of programs to eliminate child neglect and violations in the context of prevention of human trafficking. The discussion was organized in the framework of the so-called “the month of combatting human trafficking”.  
Opening remarks were delivered by the Deputy Chief of the State Committee on Family, Woman and Child Issues of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ms. Aynur Sofiyeva,  the Officer in Charge of IOM Azerbaijan, Mr. Serhan Aktopark and the Executive Director of the Azerbaijan National NGO Forum, Ms. Gunel Ibrahim. A total of 34 representatives and experts from the Ministries of Education, Internal Affairs, Justice, Youth and Sport, Family, Woman and Child Issues, Ombudsman’s Office as well as guardianship and trusteeship commissions of executive power bodies, Azerbaijan Migration Centre, Azerbaijan Children Union, SOS Children villages participated in the round table discussion. The event was featured by a number of mass media agencies.
The discussions focused issues on identification and elimination of reasons and circumstances leading to child neglect and violations, improving assistance to actual and potential child victims of trafficking and preperation and implementation of programs for social, legal and pedagogical events for prevention of child neglect and violations. 

 
 

Training of Trainers named “Human Rights Protection of Migrants" on 14-16 May 2013

 

On 14-16 May 2013, IOM (International Organization for Migration) Mission in Azerbaijan organized a Training of Trainers named “Human Rights Protection of Migrants”, targeting officials who are working in the field of migration management and protection of human rights. Its main objective was to refresh participants’ knowledge about the European system for the protection of human rights and non-discrimination principles to successfully perform as future trainers.
This ToT was organized within the framework of the project “Establishing Effective Mechanisms Safeguarding the Rights of Persons Involved in Migration in Azerbaijan” which is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway and seeks to support the development and strengthening of legal, regulatory, policy and institutional frameworks to enhance the upholding of the rights and freedoms of persons involved in migration in Azerbaijan.
This Training was jointly implemented by IOM, Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and State Migration Service of Government of Azerbaijan.
The Training started with a lecture delivered by Mr. Urkhan Alakbarov, Rector of the Academy of Public Administration on the “Human Development and Migration Processes”. Mr. Namig Jafarov from the State Migration Service also conveyed comprehensive information about the “State Migration Policy of the Republic of Azerbaijan”. 
The plenary sessions of the Training were carried out by the national and international experts of the project, Mr. Sahib Mammadov and Ms. Ivana Roagna. The sessions were designed to reinforce participants’
understanding of the integration of the European Convention on Human Rights in the domestic legal system by familiarizing themselves with the national provisions and procedures available at national and international level to redress instances of discrimination and have understood how to activate those remedies appropriately, through facilitated practical exercises and moot court.
At the end of the Training, participants also learned about basic principles to train adult professionals through various discussions on different training techniques in order to be able to identify the most appropriate one for the training they are expected to conduct in the future.
A total of 22 participants were presented with certificates upon the successful completion of the Training. More than 85% of the participants who completed and evaluated the Training concluded that the ToT met their expectations and were satisfactory.

The officials who were trained as trainers will have the opportunity to apply their newly acquired professional knowledge and adult training skills while training a total of 100 fellow officials in Baku and other regional hubs within the framework of the current project.  
The Training curriculum will be institutionalized within the Academy of Public Administration as one of regular courses.

 

LAUNCH CEREMONY OF “SUPPORTING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF EFFECTIVE READMISSION MANAGEMENT IN SOUTH CAUCASUS” PROJECT

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) held a launch ceremony of the project “Supporting the establishment of effective readmission management in South Caucasus” funded by the European Union on 4 April, 2013 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The event was attended by almost 55 participants representing relevant Government agencies including the Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Migration Service, State Border Service, etc, Embassies of EU MS, international organizations, civil society organizations and mass media. The news of the project launch event was widely covered in the national media.
During the Launch Ceremony, speeches were delivered by the Officer in Charge of IOM Azerbaijan, Mr. Serhan Aktoprak, EU Ambassador/Head of Delegation, H.E. Mr. Roland Kobia and the Deputy Head of the State Migration Service, Mr. Parviz Musayev. After presenting the project questions and answers’ session followed.
The project is implemented by IOM in three South Caucasus countries and seeks to achieve its objective by providing technical assistance to the Governments to facilitate the conclusion and the further implementation of readmission agreements and supporting the sustainable reintegration of returnees in their communities of origin.
This action envisages three specific objectives in Azerbaijan -

  • To assist in establishing effective case management systems of readmission;

  • To build capacity in Azerbaijan for the management of migrant accommodation centers;

  • To assist in building effective institutional mechanisms for reintegration of returned migrants;

 
     
 
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