On 17–19 February 2014, IOM, in cooperation with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), will hold a workshop on document security and identification of forged/falsified documents in Minsk, Belarus, for 20 representatives of the border guard services in Belarus and Ukraine. The three-day workshop will focus on topics such as technical and tactical profiling, impostors (persons who pretend to be somebody else by using that person’s travel document), security features of travel and breeding documents, and printing techniques of visas and passports and be based on best practice in EU Member States. The participants will also have the opportunity to put the knowledge gained from the discussions into practice through group exercises. International experts from Latvia, Slovak Republic and ICMPD will deliver the workshop.
This workshop is part of the EU-funded project «Strengthening surveillance capacity on the green and blue border between the Republic of Belarus and Ukraine – SURCAP». The project is being implemented by the International Organization on Migration (IOM) in partnership with ICMPD, which is responsible for the training component. Project activities include the procurement of equipment (cars, portable thermal vision equipment motorcycles, etc.), study visits to EU Member States and seminars (e.g. on fighting corruption, combating drug trafficking and human resources development techniques). SURCAP’s budget for Belarus amounts to 1.3mln EUR.