Migration: Bright minds mobilised for the future of the South Caucasus

Photo: ICMPD
Photo: ICMPD

In early July, nearly 50 young people from Azerbaijan and Georgia met with leading international migration experts in an intensive training course to develop skills that will help shape the future of migration policy in the South Caucasus region.

The week-long International Summer School on Migration took place within the framework of the EU-funded projects, “Support to the Implementation of the Mobility Partnership with Azerbaijan” (MOBILAZE) and “Sustaining Migration Management in Georgia” (ENIGMMA 2), implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).

The young people met with professors from leading European universities as well as representatives from the ICMPD, who provided training on key principles in migration debates. These included media, human rights, law, economics, nationality issues and international development.

The participants were aged between 20 and 26, and comprised of, among others, students, journalists, and employees from NGOs, government bodies and international organisations. They learned the critical differences between migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, as well as studying how migration affects economies and discussing how to visualise migration data, international migration law and the interaction between media, public attitudes and migration policy making.

Young people interested in international migration issues who would like to participate in similar summer schools in the future should contact the ICMPD at mobilaze@icmpd.org and enigmma@icmpd.org.

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