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IOM, CAPMAS Launch New Migration Data Analysis Unit in Egypt

IOM - News - Mar, 04/11/2017 - 11:08
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Egypt - On 6 April, Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) and IOM launched a new Migration Data Analysis Unit.

The Migration Data Analysis Unit aims to fill in existing information gaps by conducting periodic assessments and producing key statistics on migration issues to support the development of evidence-based policy and enhance migration management in Egypt.

Major General Abu Bakr Al-Guindy, Director of CAPMAS, commenced the launch by thanking IOM for their support in establishing the Unit and building the capacities of its staff. He highlighted the importance of the Unit and its role in supporting policymakers in Egypt. “It is important for the mission and responsibilities of CAPMAS that it supports policymakers with the needed data and evidence, while following correct and up-to-date methodologies and technical approaches in a timely transparent manner,” emphasized Al-Guindy. 

He added that CAPMAS is making daily efforts to develop itself while making use of all available resources and maximizing the benefits from all available resources from the international statistical community, both in terms of cooperation and exchanging experiences.

Amr Taha, IOM Egypt Head of Office highlighted the importance of understanding migration trends to address the realities to be faced in the future.

The establishment of this Unit is part of efforts by the Government of Egypt to harness the positive contributions of migration for development and its initiatives to curb irregular migration to, through and from Egypt while promoting positive alternatives.

In this context, IOM has been supporting the CAPMAS Migration Unit to analyse labour markets in Egypt and abroad to identify opportunities for labour mobility of Egyptians to better plan and maximize the benefits of migration. More specifically, IOM organized two trainings and a study visit to IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre in Berlin for CAPMAS and other government officials to build their capacities in this respect. This support stems from the cooperation between the two agencies to enhance data on migration following IOM’s engagement in World Statistics Day, 20 October 2015, hosted by CAPMAS.

“After the successful support provided to CAPMAS on the Egypt International Household Migration Survey, which looked at the drivers of migration, IOM is now working with the agency to analyse labour markets in Egypt and abroad and seek to provide positive alternatives to irregular migration,” said Taha.

This intervention is funded by the IOM Development Fund and the Government of the United Kingdom under the projects, Developing Capacities for Forecasting and Planning Migration across the Mediterranean and Preventing and Responding to Irregular Migration in Egypt.

For further information, please contact Teuta Grazhdani at IOM Egypt. Tel: +202-27365140, Email: iomegypt@iom.int


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IOM, UNHCR Launch EU-Funded Stability Project in Somalia Addressing Root Causes of Irregular Migration, Displacement

IOM - News - Mar, 04/11/2017 - 11:03
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Somalia - IOM and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) launched two projects funded by the European Union (EU) Emergency Trust Fund aimed at contributing to a sustainable and durable reintegration of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Somalia and anchoring populations within Somalia.

IOM’s project is entitled, Facilitating Sustainable Return through Laying Foundations for Somalia in the Horn of Africa (FLASH), in Kismayo, Somalia. UNHCR’s project is entitled, Enhancing Somalia’s Responsiveness to the Management and Reintegration of Mixed Migration Flows (RE-INTEG). Each project will take place over a two-year period and is funded with EUR 5 million.

To support Somalia’s recovery, FLASH will increase government capacity in providing immediate assistance to returnees, as well as establish an Inter-Ministerial High Level Task Force on Migration Management. The Task Force will focus on migration related issues and the development of a Migration Governance Framework in Somalia. The funds will also be used to improve data collection, monitoring and planning of population movements. This will be achieved through border management assessments, establishment of mobile immigration units and data collection on returns and reintegration.

An average of over 25,000 Somalis return to Somalia each year, particularly from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and from Yemen.

“The EU’s contribution arrives at a significant time as Somalia faces critical challenges, including drought conditions that have left over 6.2 million people in dire need of humanitarian assistance,” said Gerard Waite, the IOM Somalia Chief of Mission. 

“Additionally, the country is still experiencing an influx of returnees. This project will help the Government establish mechanisms to cope with issues, such as irregular migration and successful reintegration of returnees,” he added.

Since 2013, the EU has generously supported IOM’s interventions in Somalia in support of persons and communities affected by displacement and related protection concerns, including actions on the prevention of child trafficking and gender-based violence (GBV), as well as protection and care for victims in Somalia.

For further information, please contact Julia Hartlieb, IOM Somalia, Tel: +254 731 988 846, Email: jhartlieb@iom.int


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IOM Raises Awareness on Impacts of Irregular Migration in Ethiopia’s Somali Regional State

IOM - News - Mar, 04/11/2017 - 10:57
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Ethiopia - Between 16 March and 3 April, IOM organized a forum theatre event and a soccer tournament at the Dollo Ado, Melkedida and Boklomayu Refugee Camps in Somali Regional State, Ethiopia, to raise awareness on the impacts of irregular migration.

These events for host community and Somali refugee youth were organized in collaboration with Ethiopia’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Right to Play, the Dollo Ado District Youth and Sport Office, and other youth associations.

IOM has led grass-roots awareness-raising on the impacts of irregular migration in Ethiopia, through unique approaches, such as community conversations and forum theatre events. These aimed to enhance and strengthen the existing community-based behavioural change and communication strategy on the prevention of irregular and secondary migration difficulties through youth engagement.

IOM has also provided computers, printers, generators, sportswear, equipment and facilities, multi-media equipment and furniture to youth centres in the region. 

In total, 32 youth teams took part in the soccer tournament in three locations (Dollo Ado District 16, Melkedida Refugee Camp 8 and Boklomayu 8). The winning teams were Iftiin in Dollo, Abasina in Melkedida and Dawa in Boklomayu.

Forum theatre, created as part of the “Theatre of the Oppressed”, is a tool for exploring and rehearsing possible actions that people can take to transform their world. Forum theatre events were staged in 15 public places of Dollo woreda districts for the host community, as well as Melkedida and Boklomayu refugee camps. The audience were young people and people in public areas like schools, market place sport competitions. The forum theatre events reached around 28,000 people from which close to 9,000 were female. The drama and music pieces at the theatre were prepared by members of 15 youth associations.

The awareness-raising through forum theatre and the soccer tournaments was implemented through funding by the Government of Japan. The event was a part of a larger project entitled, Improved Living Conditions of Host and Refugee Communities from Somalia in Ethiopia to Promote Social Cohesion.

For further information, please Alemayehu Seifeselassie at IOM Ethiopia. Tel: +251 911 63 90 82, Email: salemayehu@iom.int.

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IOM DG Meets with Egyptian Prime Minister in Cairo

IOM - News - Lun, 04/10/2017 - 10:29
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Egypt - IOM Director General William Lacy Swing yesterday (09/04) met with the Prime Minister of Egypt, Sherif Ismail, during his one-day visit to Cairo, where he attended the opening of the 44th session of the Arab Labour Conference.

Ambassador Swing expressed his sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy, on behalf of IOM, to the Prime Minister and the people of Egypt after the terrorist attack in Tanta on Palm Sunday. He reiterated that IOM stood in solidarity with the Egyptian government and people, and was committed to providing any assistance within its capacity. 

During his visit, Ambassador Swing highlighted the importance of developing a national migration strategy in Egypt with a whole-of-government approach that would contribute to the country’s development, which was not only critical for the upcoming discussions on the Global Compact on Migration, but also for determining Egypt’s own future priorities.

Commending Ambassador Swing on IOM’s work with the Government of Egypt, Prime Minister Ismail welcomed and reaffirmed Egypt’s commitment to advance migration for the country's development. He also recalled that while Egypt hosts millions of migrants and refugees, Egyptian expatriates have an important role to play with almost USD 20 billion in remittances every year.

On labour mobility, Ambassador Swing reiterated IOM’s commitment to support the rehabilitation of vocational training centres, aimed at preparing Egyptian skilled labour to meet national and international labour market needs. This would help ease Egypt’s unemployment problem and address one of the root causes of irregular migration.

It was also noted that following earlier consultations with the Government of Egypt, yearly consultations on migration issues remain a priority to ensure continued cooperation on migration matters.

In December 2016, Egypt and IOM marked 25 years of partnership whereby IOM has been supporting Egypt with programmes ranging from emergency relief to border management, resettlement, migrant assistance and migrant health.

For further information, please contact Amr Taha at IOM Egypt, Tel: +20 2273 65140, Email: iomcairo@iom.int

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Aleppo: 10,000 Displaced People, Returnees Reached with Life-Saving Aid

IOM - News - Ven, 04/07/2017 - 11:32
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Syria - On 2 April, IOM reached approximately 10,000 people with lifesaving aid in Aleppo, Syria. In cooperation with partners, IOM teams deployed in the Al-Ansari, Al-Kallaseh and Al-Mohandiseen neighbourhoods of Aleppo distributed over 7,410 core relief packages, including blankets and floor mats, to displaced people and returnees.

More than 140,000 people have been registered in the newly accessible neighborhoods of Aleppo City, but nearly 46,000 people remain displaced in the west part of the city. A United Nations (UN) population profile exercise in 53 localities, covering 7,000 individuals, found that 40 percent of the families are female headed and 18 percent have at least one family member with a disability. Due to the damages in the basic civil infrastructure and residential structure, the needs of people inside Aleppo are huge. Shelter and winterization assistance are still vital until the end of cold season.

IOM teams in Aleppo have noted the needs are great among people returning to the city. Most individuals return with nothing, only to find their houses empty and often destroyed or inhabitable.

“I am on my own now after I lost my husband and son,” said Fatima, a 70-year-old returnee. “I have no breadwinner to help support my basic daily needs. I could not return and stay in my home without assistance.”

Since the beginning of 2017, IOM’s response in Aleppo has helped 79,574 people. Returnees and displaced people have been assisted by the direct distribution of 54,470 regular and winterization core relief items. Over 100,000 returned to East Aleppo from January to March 2017, according to IOM field partners.

IOM also distributed 500 sealing off kits to vulnerable returning families in three Aleppo neighbourhoods: Alsukari, Marjeh, and Al-Fardos. The kits help families improve their living conditions by making their shelter more complete and weather worthy. The kits were installed in collaboration with local partners.

IOM’s response in Aleppo is being implemented through funding contributions from the Government of Japan, the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and the Office of United States Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).

IOM’s local partners who assist in implementing on the ground in Aleppo are the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), Ahl Al Kheir and Al Ihsan.

For further information, please, contact IOM Syria, Maria Rumman, Tel: + 963 9333 11204, Email: mrumman@iom.int  or Shihab Al Kairawan, Tel: + 963 992299330, Email: salkairawan@iom.int.

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IOM Supporting Over 300 Families Displaced Due to Floods in Mocoa, Colombia

IOM - News - Ven, 04/07/2017 - 11:27
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Colombia - In support of the Government of Colombia, IOM has deployed a team of experts to assess the needs of over 300 families, displaced due to recent extreme weather. Twelve temporary shelters have been set up by local authorities in Mocoa, the municipality in the southeastern part of the country severely affected by the heavy rains on 31 March, which caused the Mocoa, Sangoyaco and Mulata rivers to overflow.

The heavy rains led to an avalanche and floods, which have so far killed 306 people and left 372 people missing. In total, 28 neighborhoods in Mocoa have been affected. 

The situation in urban areas is challenging. Due to damages to the sewerage system, there is no drinking water. Electricity has been suspended in some municipalities of Putumayo. The collapse in the hospital network was also reported. The effects on rural areas are still unclear. 

“IOM knows the emergency area and is supporting the Colombian Government, which established a unified response centre in the municipality to coordinate national and international support,” said Alejandro Guidi, IOM Colombia Chief of Mission. “IOM is also participating in the United Nations Country Humanitarian Team for national and local responses,” he continued. 

IOM’s support will be provided under the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) strategy by supplying shelters for displaced persons.

To provide an immediate response to the emergency in temporary shelters, IOM received USD 200,000 from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on behalf of the United States Government.

These financial resources have enabled the deployment of the IOM team to the affected region to work on the needs assessment, registration of the victims and transportation of affected population. The resources will also enable early recovery activities, as well as the provision of technical support to the Government of Colombia and the UN System on CCCM-related activities, including trainings on shelter management.

In the medium term, IOM has already guaranteed solutions for the economic recovery of 150 affected indigenous families. Additionally, IOM will coordinate with the private sector and other donors to identify potential financial support. 

Mocoa is the capital of Putumayo, one of Colombia’s 32 departments. The department, bordering Ecuador and Peru, has been historically affected by armed conflict.

For further information, please contact Karen Mora at IOM Colombia, Tel. + (57) 1 639 7777, Email: kmora@iom.int.

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IOM Briefs National Autonomous University of Mexico on State of Global Migration

IOM - News - Ven, 04/07/2017 - 11:26
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Mexico - On 5 April, Ovais Sarmad, IOM Chief of Staff, gave a keynote address to the Centre for Research on North America (CISAN) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) on IOM and the state of global migration.

“While some migrants have travelled long distances from their origin countries, more than 60 percent of global migration still consists of people moving to neighbouring countries or to countries in the same part of the world,” noted Sarmad. “In fact, nine of the ten top corridors globally (including Mexico to the United States – this is one the biggest corridors), connect neighbouring countries,” he continued.

“There are firmly established structural factors underlying global mobility and these are unlikely to change any time soon, if ever. It is inconceivable to imagine a world where people would be unable to move to take new jobs, to be reunited with family members, to conduct business, to study or simply to engage in tourism,” Sarmad emphasized during his briefing.

Sarmad detailed five complex and sensitive policy challenges policy makers must contend with when managing migration: forced migration, multiple disasters, distorted narrative on migrants, anti-migrant sentiment and political malaise.

“‘Migration crisis’ is the banner headline that is often used to sum up these crises, but we should perhaps ask: Is this is a truly a ‘migration crisis’ or a ‘crisis of solidarity?’” asked Sarmad.

IOM’s briefing was followed by commentary from Ambassador Martha Ortiz de Rosas, Head of UNAM’s Cátedra Fernando Solana, and Silvia Núñez García, Director of CISAN, on the current challenges for Mexican migrants in North America. 

UNAM is a non-profit institution that was founded in its modern form in 1910 and today is one of the world’s largest public institutions of higher education, with more than 346,000 students and almost 39,500 academics. UNAM’s goal is to serve Mexico and humanity by educating professional committed to transforming Mexico, as well as to do research at the highest level to contribute to resolving national and world problems.

Sarmad concluded by emphasizing the role universities can play in migration. “Universities such as UNAM have a role to play in the global migration management and governance through targeted research and academic initiatives,” he said. “These initiatives could be through inclusion of effective migration management policies and discourse in relevant curriculum of existing or new courses as well as specific teaching programmes at undergraduate, masters and even at doctorate levels,” he concluded.

For further information, please contact Chris Gascon, IOM Mexico, Tel: +52 55 55 36 39 22, Email: cgascon@iom.int

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IOM Hosts Briefing for European Diplomats on Chinese Green Card Reform

IOM - News - Ven, 04/07/2017 - 11:26
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China - China is moving ahead to improve its foreign permanent residence card – the Chinese Green Card – to attract more international talent to boost entrepreneurship and contribute to economic growth.

This week IOM’s China Liaison Office organized a briefing on the Chinese Green Card reforms for Beijing-based consular staff from 14 European Union (EU) member states, Switzerland and Iceland.

The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Huiyao (Henry) Wang, President and Founder of the Centre for China and Globalization (CCG). The CCG is China’s leading think-tank dedicated to researching the globalization of Chinese talent and attracting highly-skilled migrant workers to China.

China introduced permanent resident permits in 2004 and recently introduced new revisions including extending the categories for eligible candidates; lifting the maximum age limits; and refining the social welfare provisions to improve the cards’ usability and acceptance by Chinese institutions and service providers in banking, transportation and other sectors. 

Dr. Wang described a range of talent attraction initiatives being implemented by the Chinese Government at national and regional levels. These include the Thousand Talent Scheme and special Green Card schemes in Shanghai and Guangzhou. 

IOM Head of Office in China, Pär Liljert welcomed the Chinese Government’s continued interest in attracting foreigners and members of the Chinese diaspora to come to China to work, study, conduct research, develop entrepreneurial projects or simply seek family reunification.

The briefing was part of the EU-China Dialogue on Migration and Mobility Support Project, which is implemented by IOM and International Labour Organization (ILO), and funded by the European Union Partnership Instrument.

For further information, please contact Etienne Micallef at the IOM Liaison Office in China, Email: Tel: +86 138 1120 9875, emicallef@iom.int

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 29,811, Deaths: 663

IOM - News - Ven, 04/07/2017 - 11:26
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Switzerland - IOM reports that 29,811 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 5 April, with over 80 percent arriving in Italy and the rest in Spain and Greece. This compares with 172,353 through the first 96 days of 2016.

Mediterranean Developments Total arrivals by sea and deaths in the Mediterranean 2016-2017

IOM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo reported that on Wednesday (05/04), a total of 755 migrants were rescued by MOAS’ ship “Phoenix” and the SOS Mediterranée “Aquarius,” whom IOM expects will be brought to land Friday (and not included in the table above).  IOM Rome also reported another 1355 migrants were rescued at sea on Thursday, and that the remains of one migrant were found by the Italian Coast Guard on a dinghy carrying 148 migrants. With arrivals to Italy topping the 25,000 mark, this year’s passage on the Mediterranean’s central route is running more than 25 per cent ahead of last year’s total at this same point. 

IOM Libya’s Christine Petré reported that on the morning of Thursday 6 April, the Libyan Coast Guard was called to a rescue mission off Az Zawiyah. IOM learned that when approaching the migrants’ boat, a smuggler’s boat appeared and began shooting at the coast guard vessel. There was an exchange of gunfire and one of the coast guards was badly injured. According to an IOM source, there were at least two smugglers killed and two others arrested.

Additionally, on Thursday 138 migrants (120 men, 13 women, and five children) were rescued off Zuwara by local fishermen and coast security. The migrants’ boat had engine problems. All migrants were released following the incident and all are in good health.  The total rescued so far in 2017 is 3,977 and 171 bodies retrieved.

At this time, last year, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project (MMP) recorded 749 Mediterranean fatalities, nearly half of those occurring off Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean. In 2017, so far, 14 fatalities have been recorded on this route, with another 47 recorded off Spain and 602 documented in the waters between Libya and Italy.

Worldwide, the IOM Missing Migrants Project reports that there 1,178 fatalities through 3 April (see chart, below), with the Mediterranean region accounting for the largest proportion of deaths – over half of the global total. This is 461 fewer than were reported at the same point in 2016. However, these data do not account for full reporting from North Africa and the Horn of Africa, two migration corridors where data collection tends to be slower than in other regions.


Comparative table of global totals of MMP data for 1 Jan–6 April 2016 and 2017

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic:

For latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, please visit: http://migration.iom.int/europe

Learn more about the Missing Migrants Project at: http://missingmigrants.iom.int

For further information please contact:
Joel Millman at IOM Geneva, Tel: +41 79 103 8720, Email: jmillman@iom.int
Flavio Di Giacomo at IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int
Sabine Schneider at IOM Germany, Tel. +49 30 278 778 17, Email: sschneider@iom.int
IOM Yemen, Saba Malme, Sana’a, Tel. + 967 736 800 329 (mobile), Email: smalme@iom.int
IOM Greece: Daniel Esdras, Tel: +30 210 9912174, Email: iomathens@iom.int or Kelly Namia, Tel: +30 210 9919040, +30 210 9912174, Email: knamia@iom.int
Julia Black at IOM GMDAC, Tel: +49 30 278 778 27, Email: jblack@iom.int
Abby Dwommoh, IOM Turkey, Tel. (Direct): +90 (0)312 454 3048, Mobile: +90 (533) 698 7285, Email: adwommoh@iom.int or Mazen Aboulhosn, Tel: +9031245-51202, Email: maboulhosn@iom.int
IOM Libya: Othman Belbeisi, Tel: +216 29 600389, Email: obelbeisi@iom.int  or Christine Petré, Tel. (Direct):  +216 29 240 448, Email: chpetre@iom.int or Ashraf Hassan, Tel: +216 29 794707, Email: ashassan@iom.int
IOM Niger: Alberto Preato, Tel: +227 8053 5933, E-mail: apreato@iom.int
Hicham Hasnaoui at IOM Morocco, Tel: + 212 5 37 65 28 81, Email: hhasnaoui@iom.int

For information or interview requests in French:
Florence Kim, IOM Geneva, Tel: +41 79 103 03 42, Email: fkim@iom.int
Flavio Di Giacomo, IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int

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IOM Assists 170 Stranded Migrants to Return to Gambia from Libya

IOM - News - Ven, 04/07/2017 - 11:26
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Libya - On Tuesday, 4 April, IOM helped 170 stranded Gambian migrants – 158 men and 12 women – return home to Gambia from Libya. There were also 11 children and two infants among the 170 migrants, including six unaccompanied male minors who were also on board the flight.

The charter, which was coordinated with the Libyan and Gambian authorities, as well as IOM Gambia, departed from Tripoli’s Mitiga airport and arrived the same evening.

IOM also provided pre-departure interviews, medical check-ups and facilitated exit visas for the passengers. Prior to departure the migrants also received further assistance, including non-food items.

IOM Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi and Programme Manager Ashraf Hassan took part in the preparations at the airport before take-off. “It was good to be back in Tripoli and be able to wish the passengers a safe flight before departure,” explained Hassan.

In addition, the passengers aboard the Gambia flight included four medical cases, including one mental health case, all of whom were accompanied by one IOM medical and one operational escort to ensure their safety during the flight.

Twenty-five of the most vulnerable cases on the flight were also eligible for reintegration support in Gambia. The aim of the reintegration assistance is to provide the migrants with an opportunity to start fresh once home by, for example, opening a small business or to continue their education.

The return assistance was funded by the Government of the Netherlands and is part of IOM’s return assistance programme.

So far in 2017, IOM Libya has helped 1,965 stranded migrants return to their countries of origin. Of those, 391 were eligible for reintegration assistance.

For further information, please contact IOM Libya. Othman Belbeisi, Tel: +216 29 600389, Email: obelbeisi@iom.int  or Ashraf Hassan, Tel: +216 29 794707, Email: ashassan@iom.int

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IOM DDG Participates at World Economic Forum on Latin America

IOM - News - Ven, 04/07/2017 - 11:26
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Argentina - IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson is participating at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Latin America which is taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The WEF, which started on 5 April and will end today (07/04), brings together over 1,000 global and regional leaders from business, government, international organizations, academy and civil society to share strategic insights on how to contribute to shaping Latin America’s inclusive future.

The participants are discussing the region’s political, economic and societal issues, including the transparency, agility and long-term stability needed to enhance credibility and improve the business environment.

Yesterday (06/04) Ambassador Thompson was on a panel discussing how Latin America can harness the long-term dividends of migration and achieve improved socio-economic development.

The WEF is an international organization for public-private cooperation committed to improving the state of the world. It engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. IOM also took part this year in the Annual WEF meeting held from 17 to 20 January in Davos, Switzerland.

For further information, please contact Juliana Quintero at the IOM Regional Office in Buenos Aires, Tel. + (54) 11 32488134, Email: juquintero@iom.int

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IOM Supports World Health Day 2017: “Depression: Let’s Talk.”

IOM - News - Ven, 04/07/2017 - 09:48
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Switzerland – IOM is pleased to observe this week World Health Day 2017, and hail its importance to migrants worldwide. IOM remains committed to reducing the burden of migration-linked stressors and in addressing depression as a global problem.

The theme chosen for World Health Day 2017, celebrated today (7 April), is: “Depression: Let’s Talk.” It culminates a year-long World Health Organization campaign. 
“We much support the choice of this theme,” said Dr. Guglielmo Schinina, Head of the Mental Health, Psycho-Social Support, and Inter-Cultural Communication at IOM. He continued: “Depression is, in many cases, a preventable and certainly a treatable condition that affects people of all ages, everywhere in the world. It can have devastating emotional, relationship and socio-economic consequence for millions of people, families, and communities at large. Depression affects migrants as well!”
According to the WHO, “The total number of people living with depression in the world is 322 million.” This total constitutes a significant number within the world’s population.
Though exact data about migrants’ health are not systematically considered for collection and analysis, according to a consistent body of research, migrants are more prone than nationals are to depression. This is due to several determinants impacting people who have to leave their home because of conflicts, disasters, land degradation, poverty, or who are driven by the hope of a better life abroad. For many migrants this implies compounding the distressful experiences of the past, and of their journeys, with separation from families and social networks. Insecurity linked to legal status or determination of same, various bureaucratic obstacles and other barriers encountered, and overall anxiety, often are linked to a prevailing negative connotation given to migrants and migration in current political narratives. 

For example, studies show that the widely practiced detention of migrants – particularly the youngest – in an irregular situation has negative and lasting effects on migrants’ mental health. Anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicidal ideation are commonly reported. Moreover, time spent in detention is associated with the resulting severity of mental health conditions, which may persist even years after release.

Mental health is a need for migrants as much as it is a need for non-migrants

“To prevent migrants from developing depression, to ensure uninterrupted care for those suffering depression, and to enhance their capacity to access the supporting assistance they might need regardless of what their legal status could be, decisive actions must be taken,” said Dr. Davide Mosca, Director of Migration Health at IOM.

“For millions of migrants with mental health conditions, much-needed specialist support is out of reach. Barriers linked to fear, isolation, language and cultural-issues, stigmatization or simply costs and public services entitlement linked to status, often remain unsurmountable,” Dr. Mosca added. “The risk of ‘self-medication’ – including a recourse to surrogate substance use, including alcohol – can only aggravate a devastating health problem impacting on families and children.”

IOM believes adopting a right-based and a public health common interest approach means the removal of these obstacles and the creation of diversity oriented and inclusive health systems. That would make migrants’ right to health, including mental health care, a reality leading towards the creation of more stable and inclusive societies, societies that “leave no one behind.”

IOM’s Dr. Guglielmo Schinina concluded that “Migrants are subject to stressors that have to do with the reasons for deciding to leave – including protracted, violent and other unresolved conflicts, the insecurity of their travel, and the adaptation to new social and cultural environments. There also are increasing levels of stigmatization and criminalization in host communities. Stress is a normal consequence of such environment. But protracted and toxic levels of stress can lead to depression. IOM, as a whole, is committed to facilitate safe and dignified migration processes and therefore to limit those unnecessary stressors migrants are subject to and that affect their emotional well-being.

“Today, IOM is present in 42 origin, transit and destination countries worldwide with dedicated psychosocial support programs that facilitate migrants access to community-based, focused and specialized mental health services, and has trained in the last three years 4,500 health, migration and humanitarian actors. We remain committed to reducing the burden of migration-linked stressors in confronting depression as a global problem.”

For further information please contact: Dr. Davide Mosca, IOM Migration Health Division, Tel: + 41 22 717 9358 Email: dmosca@iom.int

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 29,369; Deaths: 663

IOM - News - Mar, 04/04/2017 - 11:51
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Switzerland - IOM reports that 29,369 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 2 April, with over 80 percent arriving in Italy and the rest in Spain and Greece. This compares with 172,089 through the first 93 days of 2016.

Mediterranean Developments
Total arrivals by sea and deaths in the Mediterranean 2016-2017 1 January – 2 April 2017 1 January – 4 April 2016

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(Central Med. route)


355 (Central Med. route)



(Eastern Med. route)


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(Western Med. route)


(Western Med. route)

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IOM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo reported Monday that 1,388 migrants have arrived by sea to Italy since IOM’s last report. With arrivals to Italy approaching the 25,000 mark, this year’s passage on the Mediterranean’s central route is running more than 25 percent ahead of last year’s total at this same point.  Annual total for 2016 on this route was 181,436. If current trends persist, IOM estimates that total arrivals for 2017 would surpass 200,000 for the first time since the start of the current emergency.

IOM Libya’s Christine Petré reported Monday that On 1 April, 119 migrants (11 women, 101 men and seven children) were rescued by the Libyan Coast Guard off Az Zawiyah. The migrants were taken to Shuhada Al Nasr detention centre where IOM’s implementing partner STACO provided medical assistance to 21 migrants, including a 23-year-old man with burn injuries over 35 percent of his body. He was provided with initial treatment at the detention centre and is in the process of being transferred to a medical clinic for further treatment.

On 2 April, 38 migrants (all men) were rescued by the Libyan Coast Guard off Az Zawiyah and also taken to Shuhada Al Nasr detention centre. So far in 2017, 3,839 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya and 171 bodies have been retrieved.

At this time last year, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project (MMP) recorded 749 Mediterranean fatalities, nearly half of those occurring off Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean. In 2017, so far 14 fatalities have been recorded on this route, with another 47 recorded off Spain and 602 recorded documented in the waters between Libya and Italy. These data include seven bodies recovered last week in Libya.

Worldwide, the IOM Missing Migrants Project reports that fatalities through 3 April number 1,169 (see chart, below), with the Mediterranean region accounting for the largest proportion of deaths – over half of the global total. This is over 400 fewer than at the same point in 2016. However, these data do not account for full reporting from North Africa and the Horn of Africa, two migration corridors where data collection tends to be slower than in other regions. 

Comparative table of global totals of MMP data for 1 Jan–3 April 2016 and 2017

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For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic:
Here is the link http://migration.iom.int/docs/MMP/170404_Mediterranean_Update.pdf

For latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, please visit: http://migration.iom.int/europe

Learn more about the Missing Migrants Project at: http://missingmigrants.iom.int

For further information please contact:
Joel Millman at IOM Geneva, Tel: +41.79.103 8720, Email: jmillman@iom.int
Flavio Di Giacomo at IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int
Sabine Schneider at IOM Germany, Tel. +49 30 278 778 17, Email: sschneider@iom.int
IOM Yemen, Saba Malme, Sana’a, Tel. + 967 736 800 329 (mobile), Email: smalme@iom.int
IOM Greece: Daniel Esdras, Tel: +30 210 9912174, Email: iomathens@iom.int or Kelly Namia, Tel: +30 210 9919040, +30 210 9912174, Email: knamia@iom.int
Julia Black at IOM GMDAC, Tel: +49 30 278 778 27, Email: jblack@iom.int
Abby Dwommoh, IOM Turkey, Tel. (Direct): +90 (0)312 454 3048,  Mobile: +90 (533) 698 7285, Email: adwommoh@iom.int or Mazen Aboulhosn, Tel: +9031245-51202, Email: maboulhosn@iom.int
IOM Libya: Othman Belbeisi, Tel: +216 29 600389, Email: obelbeisi@iom.int  or Christine Petré, Tel. (Direct):  +216 29 240 448, Email: chpetre@iom.int or Ashraf Hassan, Tel: +216 29 794707, Email: ashassan@iom.int
IOM Niger: Alberto Preato, Tel: +227 8053 5933, E-mail: apreato@iom.int
Hicham Hasnaoui at IOM Morocco, Tel: + 212 5 37 65 28 81, Email: hhasnaoui@iom.int

For information or interview requests in French:
Florence Kim, IOM Geneva, Tel: +41 79 103 03 42, Email: fkim@iom.int
Flavio Di Giacomo, IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int

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IOM Iraq Facilitates Peacebuilding Activities in Conflict-affected Communities

IOM - News - Mar, 04/04/2017 - 11:26
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Iraq - In conflict-affected and retaken areas in Ninewa governorate, Iraq, community members are implementing peacebuilding activities to promote dialogue and enhance social cohesion within their communities.

The peacebuilding activities have been carried out by 10 community “peace builders” trained and mentored by the University of Dohuk’s Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies. The initiative is supported by IOM, with funding from the Government of Japan.

The project is part of IOM’s integrated emergency response and community stabilization plan for displaced families, returnees, and host communities across Iraq. In addition to the social cohesion component, the Japan-funded project included the provision of health assistance, and transitional shelters for displaced families.

In cooperation with community leaders, two volunteer peace builders were selected from within each community. Following an assessment conducted by IOM Iraq and the University of Dohuk, the trained community peace builders are working in five displacement-affected and retaken communities of Mahad, Zelkan, Ain Safni, Raabia and Al-Qosh.

More than 700 community members participated in a total of 15 activities in 2017, involving some 13,000 persons. All activities were conducted in coordination with local civil society and government stakeholders.

Activities included workshops for the promotion of inter-ethnic and inter-religious dialogue, women’s empowerment and civic engagement, training for youth on the use of social media to promote social cohesion, a poetry festival, and a football tournament, among others.

Hussain Ali, one of the peace builders working in Raabia stated: “When we organized the poetry festival we expected 40 participants, but more than 120 came. We were overwhelmed by the interest and people’s enthusiasm to participate. Following the event, participants asked for more festivals and more opportunities where people can express themselves and engage in dialogue. I am pleased to see the new connections that the event created for positive change in the community.”

An initial five-day training for the 10 peace builders took place in December 2016. A follow-up workshop was held in January and February 2017 at the University of Dohuk’s Cultural and Social Center. A “lessons learned” workshop in March explored insights and collected inputs to develop a peace-builders toolkit.

“Overall we have built our self-confidence to help our communities,” said Nifla Alqasnona, a peace builder from Al-Qosh. “We learned how to work together more effectively and how to plan initiatives including various community groups to strengthen the foundations for peace in our communities. In all the activities we hosted, the participants awareness of the culture of peace and their desire to contribute to strengthening social cohesion have increased.”

IOM Iraq Chief of Mission Thomas Lothar Weiss said: “Conflict and displacement, especially as currently witnessed in Mosul, deeply affect communities across the country. Supporting community-led peace building efforts is essential to helping bring communities together and strengthening their resilience. IOM Iraq is pleased to work together with local Iraqi authorities and the Government of Japan to support peace building efforts.”

H.E. Mr. Fumio Iwai, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Iraq, said, “Japan is keen on reaching out to people in need, not only IDPs and refugees but also host communities and communities in retaken areas. We spare no effort to support reconciliation processes by Iraqi people as part of Japan’s contribution to stabilization in Iraq.”

In Ninewa governorate, where the city of Mosul is located, IOM continues to provide emergency humanitarian assistance, and expand upon two emergency sites constructed by IOM to provide shelter for those fleeing Mosul; the sites already house more than 70,000 people.

More than 304,000 individuals have been displaced by Mosul operations since 17 October 2016, of which 142,000 have been displaced in the past two months. Cumulatively more than 367,000 individuals have been displaced by Mosul operations, and more than 80,000 have returned to their homes. From 25 February to 2 April,  more than 189,000 individuals have been displaced from West Mosul.

The latest DTM Emergency Tracking figures on displacement from Mosul operations are available at:


IOM Iraq DTM Mosul Operations – Factsheet – March 30


IOM Iraq DTM Mosul Corridor Analysis – April 3


For further information, please contact IOM Iraq:

Sandra Black, Tel. +964 751 234 2550, Email: sblack@iom.int or Hala Jaber, Tel. +964 751 740 1654, Email: hjaberbent@iom.int

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IOM Assessment Provides Vital Insights into Population Movements in Eastern Afghanistan

IOM - News - Mar, 04/04/2017 - 11:26
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Afghanistan - IOM  released the results of its Baseline Mobility Assessment under the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) in Afghanistan this week, providing a wealth of information on population movements in Nangarhar, Kunar and Laghman provinces over the past five years.

The results were shared with IOM’s partners from the Government of Afghanistan and the humanitarian community at an event today in Kabul.

The DTM is IOM’s information management system used to track and monitor population displacement during crises. Composed of a variety of tools and processes, the DTM captures and analyzes multi-layered data and disseminates a wide array of information products that facilitate a better understanding of the evolving needs of vulnerable populations.

IOM launched the DTM in Afghanistan in January 2017, in response to dramatic increases in returns from neighboring countries as well as internal displacement. Between January 2016 and March 2017, over 775,000 undocumented Afghans returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan and Iran and over 700,000 Afghans were internally displaced by conflict.

The main objective of the DTM in Afghanistan is to enhance the ability of the Government of Afghanistan and humanitarian partners to provide effective, targeted, cost-efficient assistance to returnees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the communities that host them.

Under the DTM’s first phase in Afghanistan, IOM sought to put a framework in place to track populations of concern in Nangarhar, Laghman and Kunar, three provinces with the highest rate of return in eastern Afghanistan.

“One out of every five persons in Nangarhar, Kunar and Laghman is a returnee,” said IOM Afghanistan Chief of Mission and Special Envoy Laurence Hart. “With returns and displacement having such a wide-ranging impact on the region, the insights provided by the DTM are essential.”

IOM collected data in a total of 42 districts and 1,368 settlements with existing returnee and IDP populations between January and March 2017. Teams in the field worked with community leaders, local and national authorities and other knowledgeable sources to gather information on demographics, reasons for migration, vulnerabilities and priority needs at the district and village level.

A total of 544,364 returnees from abroad and 246,317 IDPs were identified in the three provinces, together with 65,771 “out-migrants” who left Afghanistan to go abroad and have not returned.

The DTM programme was implemented under the Flash Appeal launched by the Afghanistan Humanitarian Country Team in 2016, and is funded by the governments of Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

Following this first phase, IOM will expand the DTM’s coverage to Baghlan, Balkh, Kabul, Kunduz, Paktya and Takhar – six provinces with large displaced populations.

To view the full report, visit the DTM Afghanistan website at http://www.globaldtm.info/dtm-afghanistan-round-1-report-march-2017/

For further information, please contact Matthew Graydon at IOM Afghanistan, Tel: +93 729 229 129,  Email: mgraydon@iom.int

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IOM Supports Collapsed Health Care in Sana’a, Yemen

IOM - News - Mar, 04/04/2017 - 11:26
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Yemen - On 27 March 2017, IOM donated approximately three tons of medicine and medical supplies to Al-Thawra General Modern Hospital located in Sana’a, Yemen.

Al-Thawra Hospital is the largest public hospital in Yemen, providing services to the whole community, including migrants and refugees, who receive the same care and pay the same minimum charges as the local population.

Yemen’s health-care system is on the brink of collapse. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), only 45 percent of health facilities in Yemen are fully functional and accessible, 38 percent are partially functional and 17 percent are non-functional. At least 274 of facilities have been damaged or destroyed during the current conflict.

Like many other medical facilities, Al-Thawra Hospital has been crippled by the ongoing conflict. The hospital is overwhelmed by the increasing volume of patients, partly due to the number of people who have been displaced to Sana’a by the conflict. According to WHO, almost 4.5 million people in Yemen, including 2 million children, require treatment for malnutrition or to prevent it, representing a 150 percent increase since late 2014.

The hospital is suffering from a lack of funding, medical supplies and equipment. The healthcare budget has been considerably reduced, leaving the health sector without funds for operational costs and health care employees have not been paid salaries since September 2016. Al-Thawra hospital is also in dire need of improved water and sanitation facilities.

Most people seeking medical assistance are unable to find the help they need inside Yemen. Seeking medical care outside the country is not an option due to the closure of Sana’a International Airport.

Throughout 2016 and 2017, IOM provided public hospitals with water tanks, solar panels, rechargeable batteries, electrical networks, medical supplies and equipment, as well as daily water trucks providing clean water.

The donation of medicines and medical supplies to Al-Thawra Hospital has been funded through support provided by the Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance, US Agency for International Development.

For further information please contact, Saba Malme at IOM Yemen, Tel: + 967 736 800 329, Email: smalme@iom.int

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IOM Supports Livelihood Help for South Sudanese Refugees, Host Communities in Ethiopia

IOM - News - Mar, 04/04/2017 - 11:26
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Ethiopia - Since September 2016, nearly 73,000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed into Gambella, one of Ethiopia’s least developed regions. IOM is supporting South Sudanese refugees and host communities to increase their household income through several small-scale livelihood activities.

The provision of livelihood assistance is a part of a project funded by the Government of Japan on shelter and livelihood for refugees and host communities in Gambella, Dollo Ado and Assosa.

The project aims to improve household income for refugees and host communities through targeted livelihood support with activities including training and provision of materials in beekeeping, poultry-rearing and other agriculture activities. The programme also offers sewing and fishing materials, and has supported a total of 4,150 individuals from Kamri, Jewi and Bonga host communities and 17,800 refugees from Jewi camp.

“Engaging refugees and host communities in livelihood interventions plays a vital role in maintaining positive relations between refugees and the surrounding community,” said Maureen Achieng, IOM Ethiopia’s Chief of Mission. “As the majority of South Sudanese refugees are hosted in remote, under-developed and economically under-served areas, livelihood assistance helps communities to cope with the economic impact of hosting a large number of refugees.”

The presence of refugees has the potential to further exacerbate the vulnerability of the host population by increasing competition over limited social services, infrastructure, livelihoods and environmental and natural resources. Pre-existing inter-ethnic tensions between the predominantly Nuer South Sudanese refugees and Anuak Ethiopians could lead to clashes if assistance is not adequately balanced in aid interventions.

Akenya, 18, lives in Jewi village with his mother, father and five siblings. He benefitted from IOM’s poultry rearing livelihoods project. His village is located next to Jewi refugee camp which hosts over 57,000 South Sudanese refugees. Akenya explains the impact of living beside the camp: “The refugees have taken most of the firewood from the forest, which is contributing to deforestation. This affects us and our further livelihoods, because most of us rely on agricultural activities to earn a living.”

IOM supported Akenya to initiate his poultry rearing business by providing training and 23 chickens. When speaking of the assistance he received, Akenya shares, “The chickens provided by IOM gave birth to more chickens and now I have 45. I sell the eggs in the market in Jewi and can support my family with the proceeds.”

On 25 March 2017, 40 South Sudanese refugees graduated from the basic tailoring course provided over a two-month period. Throughout the duration of the course participants were provided with practical training on drafting, cutting and stitching clothing. A qualified trainer and training assistant selected from the refugee community gave a 5-hour course five days per week.

The graduation ceremony was attended by 60 guests including family members of the graduates, IOM staff and Jewi representatives of ARRA, UNHCR and RCC. Participants received certificates and sewing machines (one for every four persons) to support them in practicing their newly acquired skill and generate income for themselves.

Said IOM Head of Sub-Office, Miriam Mutalu: “Continued assistance to meet the needs of refugees and the host population is critical. Actions aimed at preventing conflict and supporting peaceful coexistence should be mainstreamed into refugee response efforts.”

With prospects dim for an immediate political solution to the conflict in South Sudan, a potential 50,000 South Sudanese refugees could seek asylum in the country by the end of the year, highlighting the need for continued support from the humanitarian and donor community to meet the needs of refugees and the host population. 

For further information, please contact Alemayehu Seifeselassie, IOM Ethiopia. Tel:  +251.911.63.90.82   Email: salemayehu@iom.int

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IOM Welcomes Turkey’s Turquoise Card System

IOM - News - Mar, 04/04/2017 - 11:26
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Turkey - IOM welcomes the Turkish Government’s announcement of the Turquoise Card System, a new point-based identification system to promote the employment of skilled foreigners in Turkey.

With over 3.5 million migrants and refugees living in Turkey, many of whom hold professional qualifications, the Turquoise Card system will grant holders the right to work and residency in Turkey.

This new system, managed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MoLSS), aims to attract migrants with strong educational and professional experience, investors, scientists, researchers, and those who contribute to the international recognition or promotion of Turkey and its culture.

“Migration, when properly managed, can have significant positive impacts on the economy.  Through the Turquoise Card programme, Turkey is taking a step towards even stronger labour market integration,” said Can Aydin, project assistant at IOM Turkey.

In Turkey, IOM supports the Turkish government to reduce irregular migration and promote regular employment and social integration of foreigners.  IOM Turkey has worked closely with the MoLSS and the Directorate General for Migration Management to identify national priorities in labour migration management. This also will help set baselines to address these priorities in upcoming IOM-Government of Turkey initiatives through the identification of the gaps in the labour market in Turkey, the creation of materials to promote registered employment, the development of an interactive and government-owned website as well as the creation of a tailor-made training programme for policymakers to promote strategies that would facilitate higher formal employment rates in Turkey.

Download the guides on Step by Step Work Permit Application:

For further information, please contact Abby Dwommoh, IOM Turkey, Tel: +90 312 454 3048, Email: MediaIOMTurkey@iom.int or Can Aydin, Tel: +90 312 454 3019, Email: caydin@iom.int

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IOM CAR supports Peacebuilding through Non Violent Communication Trainings

IOM - News - Mar, 04/04/2017 - 11:26
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Central African Republic - IOM continues supporting the peace-building process in the Central African Republic through sensitization on the importance of non-violent communication in the reconciliation process.

Eleven high-level community leaders from Bangui, Boda, Kaga Bandoro and Ndélé are being  trained by IOM to facilitate the sensitization sessions in their respective communities, a process that will continue until mid-June.  “The 11 facilitators were carefully chosen for this training. They know very well the communities’ members, local language and most important, the local context,” said Carole Sambale, expert on peace building and mediation, who facilitated the Training of the Trainers.

Some 5,000 people, including women, youth, community or religious leaders in all four districts will be targeted for the sensitization sessions.

The facilitators raise awareness on the dangers of perception, coded messages or rumors that can lead to conflict. They also use concrete examples of violent communication and show how to turn them into non-violent communication.

“Some of the participants asked us to extend the session for a few additional hours. They were very happy, interested and thankful,” said Ali Booba, one of the facilitators in Boda.

Mariam Garba, another facilitator, was persuaded that these sensitizations could prevent other conflicts from developing. “People think that only weapons are dangerous, but words fuel the conflict too. The sensitization will help changing the way people communicate.”

These activities are taking place under the EUR 10-million European Union (EU)-funded Community Stabilization Project, which aims at supporting social cohesion activities, the revitalization of local markets and the rehabilitation of communities’ infrastructures.

For further information, please contact Seve Diomande at IOM CAR Tel: +236 72 76 37 17, Email: sdiomande@iom.int

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Greater Steps Taken towards Safe Labour Mobility in Southern Africa

IOM - News - Mar, 04/04/2017 - 11:24
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South Africa - IOM, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) launched a set of guidelines last week (30/03) that encourages Southern African countries to strengthen intraregional labour migration cooperation.

The “Regional Guidelines for the Development of Bilateral Labour Agreements in the Southern Africa Development Community” and the “Regional Guide to Facilitate South-South Labour Mobility in Southern Africa” were endorsed and officially launched during a two-day regional conference in Pretoria on labour migration initiatives in Southern Africa. IOM, ILO, SADC members and a number of multilateral and bilateral partners with a stake in labour migration took part.

“These regional guides offer tools, strategic information and a direction for the creation of rights-based labour migration policy and programmes that strengthens the protection of the rights of migrant workers and mainstreams labour migration in national and regional development plans. When properly managed, labour migration has far-reaching potential for migrants, their communities, the countries of origin and destination, and for employers,” said Josiah Ogina, Regional Director of IOM’s Office for Southern Africa.

A growing young population coupled with increasing unemployment and a lack of formal employment translates into increasing mobility of skills and labour within, to and from Southern Africa. In 2013, the region recorded over four million migrants, excluding irregular migrants, of which 44 percent were female and 20 percent were under 19 years of age. Today, flows remain mainly informal and irregular, which has prevented countries from leveraging the full benefits of labour mobility. Skills development, unemployment or underemployment, extreme poverty, urbanization, environmental changes and instability are all important drivers of migration in the region.

National, bilateral and regional labour migration agreements play a crucial role in protecting migrant workers during the labour migration process.

“These guidelines will assist SADC Member States in developing national policy solutions and approaches toward the improved governance of labour migration within the Southern Africa region. Their implementation by Member States will bring us one step closer to achieving the free movement of capital and labour, goods and service envisaged in the 1992 Declaration and Treaty of the SADC,” says Malawian Labour Commissioner Hlalerwayo Kelvin Nyangulu.

Funding for the launch was provided for by the International Development Fund (IDF).

For further information please contact, Lerato Tsebe in IOM South Africa, Tel: +27 (0)72 127 7094, Email: ltsebe@iom.int; or Chiara Frisone in IOM’s Regional Office, Tel: +27 (0)79 520 4696, Email: cfrisone@iom.int

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