The Söderköping Process – continuation of dialogue


On May 4-5, 2011 a thematic seminar took place in Kishinev, Moldova in the frames of The Söderköping Process.

The first deputy director of State Department of Citizenship, Immigration and Registration of Physical Persons Viktor Davydenko presented Ukraine in the action.

The strategic goal of The Söderköping Process is in assistance of border cooperation among new EU member states and candidate-countries on asylum, migration and borders management issues.

In the beginning of the year 2001 UNHCR and Swedish Migration Service carried out joint initiative aiming at dialogue assistance on problems of asylum and irregular migration among the countries which are along the eastern border of EU. Initiative received its name “The Söderköping Process” in honor of the city Söderköping in Sweden where the first meting took place. At that time the participators of the meeting were officials from Byelorussia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine as well as the representatives of Swedish government, UNHCR, European Commission and International Organization of Migration.

Since 2001 The Söderköping Process has widened and includes already 10 countries: Byelorussia, Hungary, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine and Estonia. EC, IOM, UNHCR and Swedish Migration Service provide the present process with support.

During the seminar hold on May 4-5, 2011 the last tendencies in integration of The Söderköping Process into Eastern Partnership were considered as well as results of the last meeting concerning Agreements on Readmission. There were also presentations of existing initiatives in the sphere of labor and season migration.