Helping Belarus address the phenomenon of increasing numbers of irregular migrants

About of project:

Period: February 2018 – February 2022

Budget: €7,000,000.00

Implementing agency: Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Republic of Belarus

Location: Republic of Belarus


Irregular migration presents a problem for most countries including Belarus as a transit country en route to the West. Migration flow control and management raise the level of security both on the external Belarus/EU border and in the region in general.

Goals and objectives: The project mainly aims to support Belarus with the development and enforcement of irregular migration and asylum policies and strategies bringing them in line with European and international standards.

The project implementation will facilitate the respect of human rights and basic freedoms in the sphere of irregular migration in Belarus, aligning the Belarusian legal framework with relevant EU provisions and simplifying operative collaboration between Belarus and the European Union.

Interim outcomes: A protocol of intent on cooperation between Belarus and the International Organization for Migration in the sphere of facilitation of foreign nationals’ voluntary return to their countries of citizenship has been signed. The programme of irregular migrants’ voluntary return to their home countries and their integration is being implemented.

The project will provide for the development and adoption of an integrated framework programme of legal and institutional policy in relation to irregular migration. The project will contribute to the reinforcement of the institutional and operative capacity of state migration authorities and nongovernmental organisations working in the sphere of migration.

There are plans for building two centres for temporary accommodation of foreigners. The centres are designed for the accommodation of migrants that will be returned to Belarus under readmission agreements, inter alia, the readmission agreement signed between Belarus and the EU.

Makhym Orazmuhamedova, Head of IOM Office in the Republic of Belarus

Olga Borzenkova, Leading Public Relations Specialist of the IOM Office in the Republic of Belarus,, +375 29 648 48 27


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