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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Madagascar: Prime Minister Unveils National Awareness Raising Campaign against TiP” Antananarivo – July 30th 2015
Madagascar - On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons (TiP) 2015 (on 30/7), the Government of Madagascar launched an IOM-backed national awareness raising campaign.
The launch in Antananarivo, led by Prime Minister Jean Ravelonarivo, was attended by senior officials from the President’s Office, delegates from the National Coordination Office for the Fight against TiP, diplomats, UN agency representatives, as well as from the judiciary, civil society, the private sector and the general public.
Ghana - On July 30th, IOM launched a series of trainings to build the capacity of border officials to conduct Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)-related screening and infection control procedures at borders.
Venezuela - IOM, together with the Ministry of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs of Venezuela and Venezuela’s National Experimental Security University (UNES), has taken part in a migration training program for 40 Venezuelan government officials.
El Salvador - IOM this week took part in the Regional Dialogue on the Health of Migrants, hosted by the Ministry of Health of El Salvador (MINSAL), the Central American Council of Health Ministers (COMISCA) and the World Organization Health (PAHO/WHO).
Mauritania - IOM, in partnership with the Mauritanian government, has presented the National Strategy for Integrated Borders Management in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
Financed by the IOM Development Fund, the development of this strategy was possible thanks to the collaboration and the active participation of representatives of all security agencies and government departments involved in integrated border management.
Namibia - As part of its capacity-building activities for strengthening migration management in Member States, IOM organized a training workshop on the essentials of migration management for the development of a Migration Profile in Namibia in Swakopmund, Namibia, on June 17-19.