China - IOM will this week organize an international seminar on training approaches for immigration management to support China’s border management system.
The two-day seminar, which is part of IOM's "Capacity Building for Migration Management (CBMM) in China" project, starts today (6/11) at the China’s National People’s Armed Police Forces Academy in Langfang, Hebei Province.
The CBMM project seeks to promote cooperation between China and the European Union in the field of migration through the exchange of expertise, information and personnel. It is principally financed by the European Commission, with co-funding from Italy and the United States, and implemented in close partnership with the Chinese Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Public Security, Commerce, and Civil Affairs.
Taking part in the seminar are immigration specialists from IOM’s Immigration and Border Management Division and Africa Capacity Building Centre (ACBC), Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), the United States Customs and Border Protection, Canadian Border Services Agency, and German Federal Police.
China’s new Exit and Entry Law, launched in June 2012, will be discussed at the seminar. The law, which will come into effect in July 2013, has a dual focus: preventing irregular migration and promoting skilled migration to China. For example, it stipulates that there will be higher fines for unauthorized entry, employment and residence, as well as employer sanctions.
The seminar is built on a series of trainings on the inspection of fraudulent training documents, combatting human trafficking, and migrant smuggling that IOM has convened over the last few years, and will include sessions on training manual development for immigration officials in China.
“It will provide an unprecedented opportunity for two-way knowledge exchange between China and other countries on important immigration topics such as border control, training approaches and curricula, as well as China’s new Exit and Entry Law,” said IOM Beijing Head of Office Par Liljert.
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