Migration, Integrated Land & Maritime Border Management and Security Sector Governance in South Asia
Updated: Nov 2
“The expert workshop “Migration, Integrated Land and Maritime Border Management and Security Sector Governance: Climate, Conflict and COVID-19-Induced Migration/Mobility and its Effects on Border Management and Security” is organized by DCAF in the context of the subregional South Asia Network on Promoting Good Security Sector Governance in the Asia-Pacific Region. The workshop takes place against the backdrop of mounting migration flows induced by climate change, conflict, and COVID-19. These pose security challenges but also provide opportunities for national and regional co-operative approaches in the South Asia region.
The objective of the workshop is to explore and shed light on changing migration realities and emerging security needs for migrant and border communities. It will discuss links between security and migration governance, highlight different security angles and policy tools that have been involved in border management, , and discuss the multifaceted impacts on states and communities. The participating experts aim to develop lessons and recommendations that use existing capacities of border guards, border police, customs agencies and other state services. This includes national and regional organizations, civil society, and the external research community. They try to strengthen evidence-based support to security and migration governance and management.
With the support of DCAF’s South Asia network partner institutions, the workshop brings together experts from – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives – with experts on migration, integrated border management and SSG from DCAF, international organisations (IOM – International Organisation for Migration, ICMPD - International Centre for Migration Policy Development, and IMO - International Maritime Organisation) and the region.
The workshop will first explore trends and patterns of migration, including the interaction between climate change, conflict and COVID-19-induced migration/mobility and land and maritime border security sector governance. In further sessions, participants will discuss the threats, challenges and opportunities for comprehensive land and maritime border management and governance. Workshop discussions will focus on the impact of land and maritime border management and security governance on border and migrant communities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Discussions are expected to reflect on national and regional responses and good practices.
The workshop is designed around a paper/publication on the same subject, which will be produced together with participating experts.
During two half-days, discussions will take place among a smaller groups of experts on migration, integrated border management and SSG/R. This includes experts from DCAF, the South Asia SSG network, and thematic experts. On the third half-day, an open public webinar will be organised for a wider audience to share the findings and suggestions arising from the expert workshop.
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