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Phil Johnson

Team Leader and Key Expert for Integrated Border Management (IBM) Lebanon, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), 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

Since October 2012 Phil Johnson has been employed as Team Leader and Key Expert for the EU-, Dutch- and Swiss-funded technical assistance programme Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (IBM Lebanon), which is being implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). Phil has extensive experience in the border management and law enforcement sectors in UK (1982 to 2008). In addition, he has significant practical experience in providing and managing technical assistance internationally, in areas such as operations, risk analysis, information management, trade facilitation, investigation/intelligence, training and border control techniques for a range of Police, Customs, Military, Border Guard, Tax, etc. (1993 to date) on behalf of EU, UN and UK Government.


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