Type: Interregional forum on migration (regions covered: Europe and Asia)
The Budapest Process is an interregional dialogue on migration stretching from Europe to the Silk Routes region - also covering Europe's Eastern neighbors, the Western Balkans and Central Asia. It includes over 50 governments and numerous international organizations. During its more than 25 years of operation, the Budapest Process has developed from an information sharing tool between European countries in a pre-EU enlargement setting to a far-reaching European-Asian forum for improving migration management. It is chaired by Turkey and co-chaired by Hungary since 2006. The International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) hosts the Budapest Process Secretariat.The Budapest Process is managed through annual Senior Officials Meetings gathering all participating states. In addition, its geographic working group structure gives interested states in certain sub-regions an additional platform to discuss migration and related matters.
In February 2019, close to 40 Budapest Process participating countries in the presence of the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship and representatives of relevant organizations adopted “The Istanbul Commitments on the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration and its Call for Action - a five year plan ”applying five key commitments to:
- Comprehensive migration governance
- Respect, protect and fulfill international human rights and fundamental freedoms
- Support and solidarity
Ministers agreed to take concerted action to endorse and implement the five-year plan “a Call for Action” which lists 41 actions following the six priority goals of the 2013 Istanbul Ministerial Declaration to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration:
- Prevent and counteract irregular migration, facilitating return and readmission of irregular migrants
- Better organize and improve conditions for legal migration and mobility
- Support the integration of migrants and counteract phenomena of discrimination, racism and xenophobia
- Strengthen the positive impact of migration on development
- Prevent and combat trafficking in persons
- Promote international protection
Member States [Referred by the Budapest Process as “Participating States”] (51 States)
Note: Founding States: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Soviet Union, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Belarus and Yugoslavia.
Budapest Process has a permanent chair.
Member Organizations [Referred by the Budapest Process as “Participating Organizations”] (16 organizations)
Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC)
Council of Europe (CoE)
European Asylum Support Office (EASO)
European Commission (EC)
European Border and Coast Guard Agency ( FRONTEX )
International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
International Labor Organization (ILO)
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative (MARRI)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
European External Action Service (EEAS)
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
Economic Cooperation Organization ECO
Member ISCMs (1 ISCM)
Observer States (7 States)
The Budapest Process currently has three regional working groups:
- Regional working group for the Silk Routes Region
- Regional working group for the South East European Region
- Regional working group for the Black Sea Region.
The International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) acts as the Secretariat of the Budapest Process.
Budapest Process Secretariat
Gonzagagasse 1, 5th floor, A-1010 Vienna
T: +43 1 504 46 77 - 0
F: +43 1 504 46 77 - 2375
http: // www.budapestprocess.org
December 4-5, 2019, Istanbul, Turkey, Senior Officials Meeting
October 9-10, 2019, Skopje, North Macedonia, Joint Meeting of the Three Regional Working Groups
February 19-20, 2019, Istanbul, Turkey, 6th Ministerial Conference of the Budapest Process
November 19-20, 2018, Istanbul, Turkey, Senior Officials Meeting (Third Preparatory Meeting for the 6th Budapest Process Ministerial Conference).
May 7-8, 2018, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Joint Meeting of the Silk Routes and South East European Working Groups on Return and Reintegration
April 16-17, 2018, Istanbul, Turkey, Senior Officials Meeting (Second Preparatory Meeting for the 6th Budapest Process Ministerial Conference).
December 14-15, 2017, Sofia, Bulgaria, Joint meeting of the Silk Routes and the Black Sea Working Groups on Return and Reintegration.
November 27-28, 2017, Istanbul, Turkey, Senior Officials Meeting (First Preparatory Meeting for the 6th Budapest Process Ministerial Conference).
September 20-21, 2017, Ankara, Turkey, Drafting Group Meeting for the Ministerial Conference in 2018.
March 2, 2017, Istanbul, Turkey, Consultation Meeting “Ministerial Conference 2018 and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration”.
December 15, 2016, Antalya, Turkey, 24th Senior Officials Meeting, Conclusions EN
9th Silk Routes Working Group Meeting (Integration and Re-integration)
October 18-19, 2016, Belgrade, Serbia, May 18-19, 2016, Tehran, Iran, 8th Silk Routes Working Group Meeting (International Protection of Refugees)
December 14-15, 2015, Budapest, Hungary, 24th Senior Officials' Meeting
December 16, 2014, Istanbul, Turkey, 22nd Senior Officials' Meeting
April 19, 2013, Istanbul, Turkey, 5th Ministerial Conference [ Istanbul Ministerial Declaration Silk Routes Partnership EN ]
June 26, 2003, Rhodes, Greece, 4th Ministerial Conference [ Final recommendations of the Rhodes Ministerial Conference EN]
October 15, 1997, Prague, Czech Republic, 3rd Ministerial Conference [Final recommendations of the Prague Ministerial Conference En]
February 16, 1993, Budapest, Hungary, 2nd Ministerial conference, [ Final recommendations of the Budapest Ministerial Conference En ]
October 31, 1991, Berlin, Germany, 1st Ministerial conference [ Final recommendations of the Berlin Ministerial Conference En ]
For more information, please see:
Working Group Meetings ( https://www.budapestprocess.org/meetings/working-group-meetings )
Senior Official Meetings ( https://www.budapestprocess.org/meetings/senior-official-meetings )
Ministerial Meetings ( https://www.budapestprocess.org/meetings/ministerial-conferences )