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9 Jun 2017

Belarus’ experience in migration management presented at OSCE-CEI high-level meeting

VIENNA, 9 June (BelTA) – Belarusian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Oleg Kravchenko presented Belarus’ experience in migration flows management as he attended the OSCE-CEI High-Level Panel Discussion “Beyond the Emergency: Improving the International Response to large Movements of People” organized as part of the Austrian Chairmanship of the OSCE and Belarus’ CEI Presidency on 9 June, BelTA has learned.

“The Government of the Republic of Belarus pays utmost attention to the management of migration flows, including external labor migration, forced migration and combating illegal migration, while safeguarding human rights and upholding its international commitments. To that end, Belarus is working on improving its national legislation and concluding readmission agreements with its international partners,” Oleg Kravchenko said.

Belarus already has such agreements with Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and Georgia. Draft readmission agreements with the European Union, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, China, Armenia, India, Iran, and Sudan have been prepared, and work on them is underway.

Oleg Kravchenko also noted that Belarusian competent authorities are also discussing bilateral interagency cooperation agreements on migration with China, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine.

The Belarusian diplomat noted that Belarus signed a Joint Declaration on the Mobility Partnership with the European Union in October 2016. Belarus also cooperates with the Russian Federation in establishing a common migration space.

Oleg Kravchenko emphasized that Belarus believes it is necessary to step up the international regional cooperation and the exchange of migration management practices. “The role of regional and sub-regional organizations can hardly be overestimated in developing coordinated approaches to tackling transnational phenomena like migration. In this regard, I believe that the OSCE and the CEI could make their contribution to the ongoing discussions on the Global Compact on Migration from the angle of their experience in combating trafficking in human beings, ensuring effective border management, and safeguarding the social and economic rights of migrants,” the diplomat stressed.

Belarus is ready to offer the capacities of its International Training Center in the field of migration and combating human trafficking. The Center was set up 10 years ago with the assistance of the International Organization for Migration. It has established itself as a useful platform for national trainings and international cooperation.

Oleg Kravchenko pointed out that stepping up joint efforts to tackle migration challenges would not only make Europe safer, which is in the interests of the citizens, but would also serve as a solid unifying element for fostering the climate of trust that the OSCE area needs.

Vienna is playing host to the OSCE-CEI high-level panel discussion on migration on 9 June. The event has been organized as part of the Austrian Chairmanship of the OSCE and Belarus’ CEI Presidency. The forum that is held for the first time has been initiated by the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Belarus to the OSCE with the support of the Permanent Representation of Austria, and the OSCE Secretariat.

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