21 November 2018

The Migrational Analytical Centre will be established in the Office for Foreigners

The main purpose of the project is to further improve the management of migration processes by means of, i.a., preparation of analyses and reports, expert meetings or exchange of information and data. The Migrational Analytical Center (MCA) will be established in the Office for Foreigners, but it will be open to cooperation with other institutions, including foreign ones. The Centre is implemented as part of a joint project of the Visegrad Group countries, which aims to create a crisis response mechanism. The assumptions of the MCA project were presented during a conference with the participation of, among others Renata Szczęch, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Interior and Administration and Rafał Rogala, Head of the Office for Foreigners.

The dynamically changing migrational situation in Europe and in the world increases the demand for professional, comprehensive and immediately available analyses describing these phenomena. A response to these needs is supposed to be the Migration Analytical Center, the reports of which are supposed to be of horizontal nature, taking into account the data of various institutions, research centres, as well as the Visegrad Group countries. These analyses are supposed to be a source of accurate and reliable information on which strategic decisions in the field of migration management can be based in the future.

The cooperation within the framework of the Migrational Analytical Center will enable quick access to data as well as to the commentary of an expert in a given field. At the request of the Centre, professional thematic analyses carried out by research and development centres will be performed. The planned activities will enable the implementation of the best practices used in similar areas, facilitate the resolution of possible problems, and support institutions in other countries in their current challenges.

One of the essential elements of the project will be the organisation of debates and expert workshops. Regular conferences will be an opportunity to exchange experiences and views on current issues related to foreigners. The meetings will allow to establish long-lasting contacts between institutions, which will be the basis for further cooperation within the framework of the project. The Centre will also be a place for training in the field of migration analyses.

The initiative also assumes the preparation of a synchronised data exchange model, enabling its collection, transmission and analysis. Best practices regarding the use of information and strategic resources will be developed. The development of IT systems will be connected with this.

The concept of the Migrational Analytical Centre was presented during the conference summarising the preparatory stage of the project. During the meeting, there was also a debate on the role of analytical centres in migration management and a presentation by Jean-Christophe Dumont of the OECD on the socio-economic aspects of migration in the Visegrad Group countries. The lecture on the statistical aspects of migration was delivered by Professor Paweł Kaczmarczyk, Director of the Centre for Migration Studies at the University of Warsaw.

The Migrational Analytical Centre is one of the elements of the Migration Crisis Response Mechanism created by the Ministers of the Interior of the Visegrad Group. It is aimed at creating new links or at strengthening the existing ones between the government institutions responsible for migration. One of the tasks approved in June 2017 was the development and implementation of an analytical model for information exchange and the creation of the Migration Analytical Center in Poland. The core of the project will be constituted by a permanent team of experts, and the Office for Foreigners will operate as the seat of the Centre.