International migration is becoming an increasingly important feature of the globalizing world and the management of this phenomenon is growing in complexity. International migration can have both positive and negative consequences. If properly managed, it can benefit all stakeholders. However, unregulated migration can create a variety of adverse effects at the individual, national and international levels, such as exploitation of migrants, social tensions and instability. Thus, more and more countries are searching for strategies for effective migration management and developing mechanisms and instruments necessary for its implementation.

Capacity building is fundamental to managing migration as it bridges the gap between aspiration and action by equipping states with the ability to tackle the various challenges related to the movement of people both at policy and operational level. Due to the complexity of migration management, capacity building must cover a range of cross-cutting activities and sectors of policymaking.

*Taken from the Introduction of the "Workshops For Policy Makers: Report Capacity-Building In Migration Management"


Day 1

Opening Remarks

  • What are the goals for the workshop? What do we hope to achieve?
    • Gervais Appave, IOM, Director, Migration Policy, Research and Communications

Plenary Session I: Developing Capacity to Manage Migration - Taking a Comprehensive Approach

  • Keynote Address
    • Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Home Affairs, South Africa

Session II: Strategies for and Examples of Effective Capacity Building

  • The Importance of Investing in Human Resources through Training

    What are some of the challenges of capacity building? What are the costs and benefits of investing in training for migration management? What strategies and methods can be used to maximize the effectiveness of training and to institutionalize the capacity building experience of trainees?

    • Dr. Lelio Marmora, Director, National Institute of Statistics, Argentina
  • Strategies for Developing Institutional and Operational Capacity to Manage Migration

    What are some of the unique challenges associated with enhancing the operational capacity of entire departments and institutions to manage migration? What strategies are effective? What are some of the lessons learned from the recent experiences of states?

    • Krisztina Berta, Deputy, State Secretary for International Relations, Ministry of Interior, Hungary
    • Ana Elizabeth Cubias Medina, Deputy Director General of Integral Social Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, El Salvador
  • Discussion
  • Special Luncheon Event for Heads of Delegations at the Château de Penthes
    • T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Dean of Georgetown University Law Center, Washington

Session III: Developing Capacity to Manage Migration through Legal Frameworks and Administrative Infrastructures

  • What role do legislation and administrative infrastructures play in capacity building for migration management? How can capacity building at the legal and administrative level help achieve policy coherence in migration management?
    • Dr. Tomas Haisman, Director, Department for Asylum & Migration Policies, Ministry of Interior, Czech Republic
    • Orisi Ravuso, Former Coordinator of Asia-Pacific Consultations on Refugees, Displaced Persons and Migrants (APC), Fiji
  • Discussion

Session IV: Partnerships and International Cooperation in Building Capacity to Manage Migration

  • What are the ingredients of effective partnerships in capacity building? How can partnerships and various forms of international cooperation accommodate both shared and divergent goals? What resources are available to States for developing partnerships?
    • Irawati Harsono, Founder, Foundation for the Protection of Women, Indonesia
    • Valeriu Chertan, Head of the Analytic-Informational Division, National Bureau for Migration, Republic of Moldova
    • Hélène Bourgade, Head of Unit, Europe Aid Cooperation Office, Directorate E - Operations Quality Support, Security and Migration, European Commission
    • Carlos Alberto Primo Braga, Senior Adviser, International Trade Department, The World Bank
  • Discussion

Day 2

Session V: Introduction to New Capacity Building Tools for Migration Management

  • Introduction to the New Capacity Building Tools for Migration Management

    How can the Berne Initiative’s International Agenda for Migration Management (IAMM) and IOM’s Essentials of Migration Management (EMM) help States build the capacity to manage migration? What new directions do these tools provide? What kinds of capacity building tools are needed for the future?

    • Chair: Anne Grethe Nielsen, Head, International Affairs, Federal Office for Migration, Switzerland
    • Phyllis A. Coven, IOM, Senior Policy Advisor, Migration Policy, Research and Communications
  • Exploring the Essentials of Migration Management (EMM) in Break out Sessions

    Break out sessions will be conducted on topics contained in two Sections of IOM’s new training tool, the Essentials of Migration Management (EMM). The focus of the break out groups will be to familiarize participants with the content and scope of this new capacity building tool, to orient participants in its use for self and group study, and to provide an opportunity for thematic discussion.

    • Break Out Session I: Migration and Labour (EMM Section 2.6)
    • Break Out Session II: Counter-Trafficking (EMM Section 3.12)

Session VI: Designing National and Regional Strategies for Capacity Building

  • Building upon the information and approaches presented during the course of Day One and Day Two, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the elements of national and regional capacity building agendas
    • Chair: Vicki Parker, Counsellor Immigration, Australian Permanent Mission to the UN

Wrap Up and Closing Remarks


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