The multiannual migration strategy on cooperation with Silk route region countries to be considered in Istanbul

06 December 2013, Last updated at, 13:38 EEST
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Senior Officials’ Meeting of the so called Budapest process is to be held in Istanbul on 9-10 December 2013. The Budapest Process, initiated by Germany in 1991, is a consultative forum involving more than 50 governments and 10 international organisations.

The aim of this multinational interregional dialogue is to develop comprehensive and sustainable systems for orderly migration. The Process encourages the states from the wider European and Asian region to exchange the best practices and information in dealing with topics such as regular and irregular migration, asylum, visa, border management, trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants, readmission, return, etc. The Budapest Process is currently chaired by Turkey, with Hungary as co-chair.

During the meeting, strategic activities while implementing the Declaration, endorsed by the ministers responsible for migration processes during the international conference held in Istanbul on 19 April 2013, are to be considered. The Declaration expanded the Budapest Process activity to such countries of the Silk Route as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Pakistan. Lithuania, as the Presidency of the Council of the EU, in the upcoming meeting will moderate the meeting intended for coordination of the common position of the EU member states.

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