IOM commends the Government of the Maldives this week on passing a bill on anti-human trafficking, which makes trafficking in persons a criminal offence with perpetrators liable to 10 to 15 years imprisonment.
IOM has launched a project to support the Government of Lesotho to address labour shortages in the country’s health sector. Funded by the IOM Development Fund (IDF), the USD 200,000 project aims to attract diaspora health professionals in South Africa, the UK and the US to fill critical labour shortages in Lesotho’s health sector.
IOM concluded a two-day workshop in Juba, South Sudan on Friday, which brought together government officials from the Ministries of Health, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development and Education, as well as international experts and other stakeholders to develop an action plan for engaging the country’s diaspora.
IOM Peru this week hosted a group of Andean Community migration data experts focusing on how migration data can influence and promote policies to promote safe and positive migration for the region.
Working with the General Secretariat of the Andean Community, IOM brought together migration data experts, as well as officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
IOM Nicaragua and the Faculty of Humanities and Communications of the Central American University (UCA) this week signed an agreement to develop an online course on Consular Protection and Human Rights for consular officials at Nicaraguan consulates abroad.
The course aims to strengthen the officials’ theoretical and practical knowledge of migration, with a focus on human rights and gender, and the implications in their consular work.
This week the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Relations, with the support of IOM, is conducting a two-week training program on: “Basic Concepts of Public Policy and Migration Management” for Venezuelan officials.
The training program aims to strengthen the technical capacities of officials on issues of migration management and the development of public policies and programs linked to migration issues.
IOM is today presenting preliminary results of its research on Haitian migration to Brazil at a high level meeting between the two countries.
During the five-day meeting, which started September 2nd in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, high level officials from Brazil and Haiti will discuss the increased migration of Haitians to Brazil, following the devastating earthquake of January 2010.
IOM this week organized a two and a half-day training workshop on labour migration and labour market information systems for government officials, employers’ associations, trade unions and international organizations in Kampala. The objective of the workshop was to gain a common understanding of labour migration and labour market information terminology and concepts, as well as the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders.
Coinciding with the second anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, IOM has launched the first stage of an initiative to strengthen the country’s human resources for health by engaging health professionals in the South Sudanese diaspora.
IOM and partners have issued the first Country Migration Report for the Philippines which gives a comprehensive overview of past and current trends in this most migratory of countries. It is the 40th such country report to be issued globally by IOM, helping to shape an overall picture of global human mobility.
The Mongolian economy’s outstanding performance over the last decade, and its rapidly growing but still largely untapped mining sector, make the world’s least densely populated country an increasingly attractive destination for high-, semi-, and low-skilled migrants from abroad.
At the same time, large numbers of Mongolian workers are moving abroad to search for work in destinations including the Republic of Korea, the United States and Europe.
The IOM African Capacity Building Centre (ACBC), IOM Namibia and the Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration have completed a nine-day assessment on the introduction of a border resident card for people living on the Namibia-Angola border. The project was supported by the IOM Development Fund.
The 2,500 km long border, with 10 crossing points, is extremely diverse in terms of terms of geography, cross-border ties, numbers of travelers, and procedures related to temporary border passes that have been introduced pending the full implementation of the border resident card.
IOM Director General William Lacy Swing and Uruguay's Foreign Minister, Luis Almagro, have launched "Positive Migration," a mass information campaign aimed at raising awareness of the positive effects of migration for the South American country.
The campaign, which is funded by IOM's Development Fund and Uruguay's National Directorate of Publications and Printed Matter, will use radio slots and online messaging, as well as billboards on main arteries in the capital and other cities.
IOM Namibia, in cooperation with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, has organized a workshop on migration and development in Walvis Bay, Namibia.
The May 15th-17th event, financed by the IOM Development Fund, was attended by representatives from various government ministries.
The latest publication in the IOM Migration Profile series looks at migration from South America to Europe, North America and Asia, as well as movements within the sub-continent.
The panorama for South America points to Paraguay-Argentina and Bolivia-Argentina as the main regional migration corridors. Other migration corridors are Peru-Argentina, Peru-Chile, Colombia-Venezuela, Colombia-Ecuador and Bolivia-Brazil.