News : Migration Management (Archives)

News about the “Migration” theme from IIAS Members and our partners.



  • Australia Speeds Up Process Of Determining Asylum Seekers Claims – A new, faster initial assessment for asylum seekers effective today will speed up the process of determining asylum seekers’ claims. Changes to the refugee status determination process for irregular maritime arrivals will apply from March 1, consistent with the government’s announcement following the High Court’s decision handed down on November 11 last year.


ACCORD: Austrian Centre for Country of Origin and Asylum Research and Documentation

  • ACCORD provides independently, neutrally and objectively information on countries of origin of asylum seekers in order to contribute to fair and efficient asylum procedures.


Federal Government Information Portal

Migration Office

  • The Migration Office is part of the Federal Public Service “Interior”. It is responsible for managing the migrant population in Belgium, namely the access of foreigners to the territory, their stay, their establishments, as well as repatriation procedures. On fieldwork, the migration Office is working closely with other agencies such as embassies and consulates, municipal authorities, federal police, social inspection, or the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Activity report for 2009 : (in French)



China Daily

  • La relocalisation massive au Ningxia devrait débuter prochainement – PEKIN – Un projet de migration massive afin de relocaliser 350 000 résidents des régions pauvres de la région autonome de Ningxia Hui auNord-Ouest de la Chine, se heurte encore des obstacles comme le manque de fonds, de hauts responsables régionaux ont dit.



Academy for Migration Studies in Denmark

Its objectives are to push research on migratory issues forward in order to better understand and cope with social, cultural and political problems of integration, exclusion and co-citizenship, and to provide an informed knowledge base for political decisions, public debates and popular perceptions on migrants and immigration.



Dossier Statistico Immigrazione – Statistical Dossier on Immigration

  • Statistical Dossier on Immigration – The Dossier Statistico Immigrazione collects all the available data on immigration, placing it in its national, regional and local context and discussing its various aspects and problems. It also contains analysis of the statistical data by major experts in the field, and tables summarising and illustrating the data.


Afrique du sudSouth Africa

Bua News

  • Govt tightens immigration laws – The Department of Home Affairs is tightening immigration regulations in the fight against corruption and people who cheat their way into staying in the country.

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said on Tuesday that while a majority of people who came into the country were law abiding, there was “a significant minority” who abused immigration laws and got away with it. But now government is closing those loopholes in the law.




Ministry of Labour and Immigration (Ministerio de Trabajo e Inmigración)

  • The organization of policies on asylum and migration: Report – This report was produced by the European Migration Network, written by the Spanish EMN National Contact Point. This National Report describes the general structure of the political and institutional system as well as the distribution and organization of competencies concerning migration and asylum in Spain. Link to the Ministry of Labour and Immigration : (English)



Federal Administration

  • Switzerland- Nigeria Migration Partnership : the first state of affairs (last modified on 23/06/2011) — On June 21, 2011, the commission of Switzerland – Nigeria migration partnership met for the first time in Abuja. Through this partnership both countries wish to establish a balanced and comprehensive cooperation in the field of migration. Exchanges between the two sides proved to be positive.
  • Conclusion of a readmission agreement with Denmark – The Danish Minister for Refugees, Immigrants and Integration Søren Pind and the Swiss ambassador Viktor Christen today signed in Copenhagen an agreement on readmission. This agreement regulates the readmission of nationals of States Parties and third country nationals and stateless persons.
  • FOM – publication of the report on migration, 2010 – The migration partnership agreement with Nigeria and special flights are the main themes of the 2010 report on migration published by the Federal Office for Migration (FOM). This report provides figures to support an overview of the activities of the FOM.

SuisseUnited Kingdom

Local Government Improvement and Development

  • Healthcare: creating a level playing field for migrants – Nowhere in the UK is untouched by migration. Whether they are asylum seekers fleeing persecution from oppressive regimes or people arriving to work or study, migrants can be found in every village, town and city. But research suggests they are struggling to access what should be a basic right – healthcare. What is the problem and what can the NHS, local government and the voluntary sector do to help?

UK/ MIPEX- Migrant Integration Policy Index

  • Migrant Integration Policy Index – MIPEX is an interactive tool and reference guide to assess, compare and improve integration policy produced by the British Council and the Migration Policy Group. MIPEX measures policies to integrate migrants in 27 EU Member States and four non-EU countries. It uses over 140 policy indicators to create a rich, multi-dimensional picture of migrants’ opportunities to participate in European societies.



European Institute of Public Administration

Publication (2010): The European Asylum System and Minimum Standards: ‘Suggestions for practice and policy’ – Even though the phenomenon of refugees has changed over the course of recent decades, asylum remains an important issue for states all over the world. The paper is divided into four sections. The first section provides some background information on the international legislation; the second looks into the need for European refugee protection and focuses on the concept of the Common European Asylum Systeme; the third section examines examples of Dutch policies. In this framework, ‘good’ and ‘less good’ practices as well as problems with the application of the EU minimum standards are highlighted; the last section of the paper provides some policy recommendations and gives a summary of practices which may apply in asylum cases.



European Union

EU-European Parliament

  • Bulgaria and Romania will soon join Shengen areaThe European Parliament considered the accession of Bulgaria and Romania into the Schengen area is now possible as the conditions are fulfilled. However, these two countries will have to take additional measures and work out a common approach with Greece and Turkey to face potential increase of migratory pressure in this area. European Parliament ‘President is delighted of this Parliamentary decision taken and call on the Council to follow the recommendations of the vote expressed.
  • EUROLAT plenary closes with greater unity on Mercosur and migration – General : EuroLat Co-President José Ignacio Salafranca (EPP, ES) closed the fifth Plenary Assembly in Montevideo (Uruguay) on Thursday with a very positive message on the outcome of the meetings between MEPs and their Latin American counterparts, “which will surely help to push forward negotiations on sensitive agreements like the one with Mercosur”.


EU- European Commission

  • Developing a common approach to migration – The EU is seeking to create a common asylum system, strengthen border controls, increase oversight of its border-free travel area and use immigration policy to help fill gaps in the labour market.


European legislation

  • Framework programme on solidarity and management of migration flows for the period 2007-2013This program is designed to improve management of migratory flows at European Union level and to strengthen solidarity between member States. It has four dimensions: integrated management of external borders, with the setting up of an External borders Fund, asylum policy, with the prolongation of the European Refugee Fund; the social, civil and cultural integration of non-member country national, with the setting up of a European integration Fund; and the fight against illegal immigration and the return of Non-EU member Country nationals residing illegally in the EU, with the setting up of a European Return Fund.


European Migration Network

  • English: European Migration Network is a network coordinated by the European Commission (DG Home) in cooperation with national contact points of each member States. The aim of the EMN is to meet the information needs of Union institution and of Member States authorities by providing updated information on migration and asylum, with a view to supporting policymaking in the European Union in these areas.


ACP Observatory on migration

  • The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Observatory on Migration is an initiative of the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States, empowered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and funded by the European Union. Its goal is to establish a network of research institutions and governmental entities dealing with migration in the six regions of the ACP Group of States. For now the ACP Observatory is based in Brussels but will be moved to an ACP country in the coming year. Observatory Director Laurent de Boeck explains that “the role of the observatory is to compile the data necessary to limit the negative impact of South-South migration while using to advantage its potential contribution to development on the human, economic, social and cultural level». The Observatory relies on the work of research institutions and private researchers from different backgrounds (universities, research centers, public institutions). Every two months, The ACP observatory publishes its Newsletter to keep informed people about the Observatory’s activities and the latest news on South-South migration issue. The first edition of the Newsletter was launched in May 2011. Here the link:


EU-Bénin, Cameroon, Mali, Sénégal

  • Labour Migration Management Partnership – Since the first January 2009, there is a partnership for the labour migration management. The aim is to help Benin, Cameroun, Mali and Senegal to promote and manage effectively labour migration between recipient countries and UE members as a global approach of the migration cycle. This project aims more specifically at employment public services and their ministers. This project is part of the Thematic Programme “2007-2013 Migration and Asylum” launched by the EU to help non-members countries to better manage migration flows in all dimensions.




The Global Forum on Migration and Development

  • The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is a recent initiative of the United Nations Member States to address the migration and development interconnections in practical and action-oriented ways. It is an informal, non-binding, voluntary and government-led process that marks the culmination of more than a decade of international dialogue on the growing importance of the linkages between migration and development.


International Organisation for Migrations in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management:

  • Migration and development
  • Facilitating migration
  • Regulating migration
  • Forced migration.

Migration4Development: EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative

Use this site to meet others working in Migration and Development, exchange ideas and form partnerships. Members of the forum include civil society organizations, diaspora groups, migrants associations, local authorities and UN agencies.

From Migration to Development: Lessons Drawn from the Experience of Local Authorities

  • One of the preliminary lessons learned arising from EC-UN JMDI-funded projects and from exchanges on the online community of practice, M4D-Net (, is that, where local authorities are project partners, they are playing a key role in contributing to the initiatives’ success, because of the close relations they have with migrant communities in the North and because their involvement in the South ensures that projects are aligned with local development needs. As this report points out, local authorities’ efforts have been most effective where decentralisation has strengthened the role they can play, as in the case of the municipality of Cartaya, in Spain, which has developed a circular migration programme with Morocco to manage seasonal labour migration in the agriculture sector, or in Senegal, where regional development agencies draft development strategies through a participatory approach involving local communities and, crucially, members of the diaspora abroad.