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Mohammad Abbas

Document Expert, Directorate General of General Security for Lebanon, Lebanon

Special Session – Cooperation and innovation in integrated border management


Document and identity fraud is a global problem; as more and more persons migrate, the need to establish their true identity becomes ever more important, from the perspective of identifying potential terrorists, serious criminals, legitimate travellers and persons in need of protection. The Netherlands Expertise Centre Identity Fraud (ECID) – a collaboration between the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee and Netherlands Police – is a key player in providing training to public and private sectors, aimed at improving the identification of misuse of travel and ID documents. But this is not simply a Dutch or European problem, so ECID engages globally to provide support to border management and law enforcement on an international basis. A key partner of ECID is the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and, together, (with funding from the EU and the Netherlands) they have been supporting the border agencies in Lebanon, with a progressive and developmental assistance project since 2017. Today, the border agencies in Lebanon have reached a very high standard of proficiency in identifying travel document abuse, especially in the field of migrants from Syria and Iraq, so much so that they have recently been guests at Frontex, where they provided training for European colleagues.

•    Document and identity fraud is a global migration problem; the need to establish a traveller’s true identity has become more important, from the perspective of identifying potential terrorists, serious criminals, legitimate travellers and persons in need of protection;
•    A cooperation and collaboration approach, both nationally and internationally is the only way that those who would seek to harm society can be effectively tackled;
•    Support to the border management and law enforcement agencies of Lebanon is vital, not just for the safety of Lebanon itself, but also for the wider world. Lebanon effectively acts as a filter and early-warning source for Europe.
 

Biography

Mohammad Abbas has been working for the Directorate General of the Security General for Lebanon since 1992; this is the Lebanese immigration agency. Until 2012, he was employed in units for investigation, visas and civil security. From 2013, he has been the Head of the Document Security unit at Rafiq Hariri International airport at Beirut. Additionally, he is a docuemnt security expert, qualified to the highest level, responsible for training and guiding general security and other agency staff. He has recently presented experience of document fraud in Lebanon, to Frontex and the Polish Border Guard.

 

 


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