Prague Process

Prague Process


Type: Regional consultative process on migration (region covered: Europe)

Formal association with regional or multi-stakeholder organization: None

Established: 2009

The objectives of the Prague Process are to generally strengthen cooperation in migration management, and specifically to explore and develop agreed-upon principles and elements for close migration partnerships between the participating countries.

Current Focus

  • Initiated under the Czech presidency of the EU through the endorsement of the “Building Migration Partnerships” joint declaration;
  • Proceeds through Action Plans endorsed through regular Ministerial Conferences and annual Senior Officials Meetings;
  • Focuses on asylum, legal migration, irregular migration and migration and development; and
  • Supports the EU’s Global Approach to Migration and Mobility.

Members States
(50 States)

Albania Liechtenstein
Armenia Lithuania
Austria Luxembourg
Azerbaijan Malta
Belarus Moldova
Belgium Montenegro
Bosnia and Herzegovina Netherlands, The
Bulgaria North Macedonia
Croatia Norway
Cyprus Poland
Czechia Portugal
Denmark Romania
Estonia Russian Federation
Finland Serbia
France Slovakia
Georgia Slovenia
Germany Spain
Greece Sweden
Hungary Switzerland
Ireland Tajikistan
Italy Turkey
Kazakhstan Turkmenistan
Kosovo (UNSCR 1244/1999) Ukraine
Kyrgyzstan United Kingdom
Latvia Uzbekistan

Note: Since its establishment only one new Member State joined the Prague Process - Belarus in 2010.

Member Organizations (1 organization)

The European Commission

Chairing country

Current Chair: Lithuania 
Past Chair: Poland (2011-2017)

None. International or regional organizations may be invited to observer Prague Process meetings on an ad hoc basis.

Secretariat is termed “project support unit”, and is run by ICMPD with funding from the European Union. In August 2012 – January 2016, Poland and six other leading states (Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden) implemented the EU-funded initiative “Support for the Implementation of the Prague Process and its Action Plan”, also known as the “Prague Process Targeted Initiative” (PP TI), which supported the Prague Process Secretariat. 

Contact Information
Prague Process Secretariat
ICMPD Headquarters
Gonzagagasse 1, 5th floor, Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43 1 504 4677 0



  • October 8-10, 2019, Vilnius, Lithuania, Training Workshop on Data Gathering and Exchange
  • September 24-26, 2019, Podgorica, Montenegro, Training on Labour Migration
  • July 23-24, 2019, Vienna, Austria, Research Coordination Meeting
  • June 10-11, 2019, Bucharest, Romania, Prague Process 10th Anniversary and Senior Officials’ Meeting
  • December 17 – 18, 2018, Prague, Czech Republic, Senior Officials’ Meeting
  • October 2-3, 2018, Skopje, Macedonia, 1st Workshop on Data Gathering and Exchange
  • June 28-29, 2018, Vienna, Austria, Research Coordination Meeting of the Migration Observatory
  • June 5-7, 2018, Rome, Italy, 1st Thematic Training of the Training Academy “Effective International Protection - Advanced Training for High-Quality Asylum Procedures”
  • April 1-30, 2018, Vienna, Austria, 1st Research Coordination Meeting
  • March 20, 2018, Brussels, Belgium, Mobility Partnership Facility (MPF) II Steering Group Meeting
  • February 20, 2018, Brussels, Belgium, Strategic Group Meeting
  • December 12, 2017, Warsaw, Poland, Senior Officials’ Meeting
  • September 15, 2017, Prague, Czech Republic, Meeting of the Prague Process Strategic Group
  • April 24-26, 2017, Prague, Czech Republic, Workshop on irregular migration
  • June 13, 2017, Brussels, Belgium, Closing Ceremony of the Prague Process TI project.
  • September 20, 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia, 3rd Prague Process Ministerial Conference.
  • September 19, 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia, Senior Officials Meeting.
  • June 15-16, 2016, Cracow, Poland, Senior Officials Meeting.
  • May 25, 2016, Vienna, Austria, Project Steering Committee Meeting.
  • April 5, 2016, Warsaw, Poland, Sixth Core Group Meeting.
  • February 11-12, 2016, Sofia, Bulgaria, National Contact Points meeting on the Knowledge base, data collection and analysis.
  • December 7-8, 2015, Prague, Czech Republic, Senior Officials’ Meeting.
  • July 6-7, 2015, Budapest, Hungary, Senior Officials’ Meeting.
  • February 12-13, 2015, Lisbon, Portugal, Workshop “Applied Knowledge in a Migration Policy Dialog: data collection, exchange, and application”.
  • October 28-29, 2014, Berlin, Germany, Senior Officials’ Meeting.
  • May 6-7, 2014, Yerevan, Armenia, Pilot Project 2 (Legal Migration) and Pilot Project 3 (Migration and Development) Joint Workshop.
  • March 19-20, 2014, Nuremberg, Germany, Pilot Project 4 Final Conference.
  • February 27-28, 2013, Prague, Czech Republic, Senior Officials’ Meeting.
  • January 2013, Chisinau, Moldova, Expert-level Workshop on Migration Profiles.
  • November 20, 2012, Warsaw, Poland, Core Group Meeting.
  • November, 2011, Poland, Ministerial Conference.

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