Zambia, Zimbabwe Host National Monitoring Committees on COMESA Free Movement

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), IOM and the Governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe have held inaugural meetings of their respective National Monitoring Committees (NMCs) on the COMESA Free Movement of Persons Protocol.

IOM Supports Diaspora Engagement Initiative for Mozambique

IOM and the National Institute of Mozambique Communities in the Diaspora (INACE) last week held a two-day forum to engage relevant government ministries and the diaspora to define concrete ways in which the diaspora can participate actively in the social, economic and cultural development of Mozambique. 

The forum is part of a jointly implemented diaspora engagement project between IOM and the government, represented by INACE, which began in 2013 and is funded by the IOM Development Fund.

IOM Holds Workshop on Displacement Management in Emergency Situations in Mali

At the request of the Government of Mali, IOM conducted a workshop in Bamako last week (11-15 July) to strengthen government and humanitarian actors’ capacity in displacement management in emergency situations.

The workshop, which was supported by the IOM Development Fund, included Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) cluster training modules, with a strong focus on protection. It included sessions on counter trafficking and smuggling in emergencies.  

Mauritius Policymakers Study Environmental Migration

IOM will this week (11-13 July) host a three-day policymaker training workshop on migration, environment and climate change in Quatre Bornes, Mauritius.

Ghana launches National Migration Policy

Ghana - The Government of Ghana has formally launched a National Policy on Migration and its implementation plan, in Accra on 5 April 2016, with support from IOM.  For the first time in the history of Ghana, the Government has formulated a comprehensive Policy to guide the management of its internal, intra-regional and international migration flows. The aim of the policy is to promote the benefits and minimize the costs of migration.  

Migrant Resource Centres Making a Difference for Migrants and their Families in Nigeria

As I look out a broken taxi window as we drive through Lagos’ bustling and busy streets during rush hour, my attention is drawn to the numerous signs advertising job vacancies on walls and street lamp poles.

Enabling Stronger Voices from the Underground in Southern Africa

In February, Voices from the Underground, an IOM project in partnership with local actors in Mozambique and South Africa, completed a year fully dedicated to reinforce a migrant mine worker association and their members to improve their representation role and inform them of their rights.  The main outcome has been to strengthen the knowledge, organizational and technical capacities of these migrant human rights defenders.

IOM Facilitates Study Tour on Labor Migration for Malagasy Officials to Mauritius

A delegation of Malagasy officials recently completed a four-day study tour to Mauritius to examine labor migration management. The visit, which was facilitated by the IOM, focused on sharing experiences on the institutional and administrative framework governing labor migration. It also looked at successful practices of ‘south-south’ and ‘south-north’ labor migration and identified opportunities for strengthening cooperation between the countries.

IOM, Mozambique Launch a Diaspora Engagement Project

Mozambique - In September 2015, IOM Mozambique and the National Institute for Mozambican Communities in the Diaspora (INACE) received funding from the IOM Development Fund (IDF) to further involve the Mozambican diaspora in Mozambique’s development process.

This week (18/2) INACE and IOM held a one-day workshop to officially launch the project and train members of INACE’s Steering Committee on issues relating to migration and development.

Presentation of Timor-Leste’s first National Action Plan for Labour Migration

Timor-Leste - Labour migrants provide remittances that account for one of the country’s largest sources of wealth, along with petroleum, gas and coffee. The country has over 2,300 workers deployed in South Korea and Australia through government-to-government labour migration programmes, sending millions of dollars back home annually. In 2015, about USD 3 million was remitted to Timor-Leste by migrant workers participating in these programmes.

IOM Holds Policy Dialogue in South Korea on Nepali Remittances

Republic of Korea - A policy dialogue and capacity building workshop on how to better use remittances for sustainable development in Nepal brought together Nepali and South Korean government officials, academics and civil society in Seoul on 26-28 January.  

Part of the research project “The Role of Remittances as Effective Development Finance for Sustainable Development in Nepal” (Remittances Project), funded by KOICA and the IOM Development Fund, the three-day event was co-organized by IOM and Ewha Womans University (EWU.)

Namibia Validates Migration Profile Findings

Namibia - Namibia’s Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration (MHAI) and IOM Namibia have organized a meeting that will lead to the official validation of the key recommendations of an upcoming Migration Profile for Namibia.

Egypt Launches First Household International Migration Survey

Egypt - Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) has published its Egypt Household International Migration Survey (EGYPT – HIMS) with IOM support.

The project is part of regional project – Regional Household International Migration Surveys in the Mediterranean (MED-HIMS) – and is the first of its kind in Egypt.

OIM Concreta Intercambio Binacional de Profesionales del área Salud entre Ministerios de Salud de Chile y Colombia

En el evento que se realizó el 12 y 13 de noviembre, en la ciudad de Antofagasta se incorporaron cuatro profesionales colombianos del área salud, para prestar servicio en las ciudades de Tacna, Arica y Antofagasta.   

IOM, EU Build Migration and Environment Capacity in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea - In the lead up to the climate change negotiations in Paris later this year, IOM, in cooperation with the Office of Climate Change and Development (OCCD) of Papua New Guinea (PNG), will hold a three-day policymaker training workshop on migration, environment and climate change in Port Moresby on 26-28 October.

IOM El Salvador Launches Online Course on Protection of Vulnerable Young Migrants

El Salvador - IOM El Salvador has launched an introductory online course: Protection of Migrant Vulnerable Populations: Unaccompanied and/or Separated Children and Adolescents to promote the fundamental rights of migrant children and adolescents in Central America.

Haitian Migrants Returning from the Dominican Republic Faced with Drought, Poverty and Lack of Opportunities

Haiti - Haiti’s South-East department is one of the worst affected by the prolonged drought that is currently hitting the country, which has caused an alarming food insecurity and malnutrition situation.
Unfortunately, this also is the region where the majority of border crossings have been observed since June, according to IOM’s border monitoring reports. Most of the families have crossed the border spontaneously, mentioning that they feared being deported without their relatives and losing their belongings.

IOM Aids Mongolia in Fraudulent Travel Document Detection

Mongolia - IOM has concluded a two-day technical workshop in Sukhbaatar, Mongolia for 20 officials from Mongolia’s immigration services to improve their knowledge of fraudulent travel document examination and the security features of travel documents. Sukhbaatar is located in northern Mongolia on the Russian border, some 25km from the border crossing at Altanbulag.