Thailand - A study launched in Bangkok today reveals that nearly half of people in post-trafficking services in the Greater Mekong region have suffered physical and/or sexual abuse and one in six have contemplated suicide within two weeks of entering care.
The study, commissioned and funded by the Anesvad Foundation, with additional support from the IOM Development Fund and the UK Economic and Social Research Council, was carried out by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and IOM.
On Monday December 22nd , in the Executive Lounge of Granados Park Hotel, the General Directorate of Migration (DGM) with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) presented to the Minister of Interior, Francisco de Vargas, the document "Migration Policy of Paraguay’s Republic”, a project in which work has been conducted over the past months within the context of the long migration tradition in Paraguay, and the need of a human rights and gender perspective for migration in Paraguay.
Whitin the framework of the project "Strengthening the Paraguayan Migration System", funded by the IOM Development Fund, within the component II, whose task is the development of a diagnostic document for the modernization of migration management in Paraguay, it was held on October 7 at the Grand Hotel del Paraguay, the official launch of the International Technical Team of IOM that will have this important mission.
Within the framework of the project "Strengthening Paraguayan Migration Management System", funded by the IOM Development Fund, it was held on October 21st, the "3rd Validation Workshop for Paraguay’s Immigration Policy", at Grand Hotel del Paraguay, in the city of Asuncion.
Malawi - IOM has conducted the first of two trainings targeting Malawi government officials on the management of migration data, in cooperation with its partner, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security.
The training, which was funded by IOM’s Development Fund (IDF), took place on Tuesday (3/2) in the Malawian capital Lilongwe and was attended by over 30 officials from various government departments. This first training focused on migration data management. It will be followed by another session on migration data use.
Honduras - The IOM offices in Honduras and El Salvador have completed a population and housing census in the border region of Nahuaterique.
The results of the census, which included surveys and interviews with villagers, with men and women equally represented, will contribute to guaranteeing the rights of populations living in the border regions of both countries, especially vulnerable populations.
The IOM-managed census registered more than 6,000 persons, which will allow them to access social programs such as health, education and housing.
IOM and its partners in Central America have organized a series of training workshops in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua aimed at health promoters and government officials concerned with the human rights and health needs of migrants.
The workshops in the three capitals and in high migration provinces were attended by 340 participants. They addressed the vulnerabilities and needs of migrant populations and provided training on the provision of migrant-friendly health services and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.
IOM hosted a two-day technical workshop in Ulaanbaatar this week for 30 Mongolian government officials, to strengthen their capacity to examine potentially fraudulent documents and to learn more about security features of travel documents.
The workshop, attended by officials from the newly established Immigration of Mongolia, updated officials on the latest technology and developments, and built capacity for improved migration management in Mongolia.
The IOM Mission in Argentina and Argentina’s Secretariat for Social Promotion of the City of Buenos Aires this week kicked off a series of workshops focusing on migrant women and gender violence.
IOM has collaborated with the Government of Myanmar to launch three Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) designed to meet the needs of migrant workers at source and transit areas in Myanmar.
Two of the facilities are located in Mawlayine and Hpa-An in southeast Myanmar close to the Thai border. A third is in Magway in Myanmar’s central ‘Dry Zone’, close to the capital, Nay Pyi Taw. The MRCs are supported by the IOM Development Fund.
The Seychelles this week launched a media campaign to combat human trafficking as part of a project supported by the government and funded by the IOM Development Fund.
The campaign aims to help the general public and local NGOs better understand human trafficking and identify actual or potential victims. As part of the project, IOM also trained local media in the sensitive reporting of trafficking stories and the protection of victims.
Human trafficking may lead to complex and long-term health complications, according to new research unveiled in Viet Nam today.
The study, carried out in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region by IOM and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, highlights the health outcomes and consequences of human trafficking and calls for greater emphasis on the healthcare needs of victims of trafficking.
IOM, in partnership with Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Health and Medical Industry, and the State Migration Service, is this week organizing an international roundtable on migration health.
Turkmenistan, which last year became a member of IOM, is experiencing rapid economic growth and has become a country of destination for international migrant workers. This poses multiple migration management challenges.
Demographic pressures and the possibility of greater labour mobility as a future member of ASEAN – the Southeast Asian club of nations – means that labour migration could soon become a key contributor to Timor-Leste’s economic development. IOM, in coordination with SEPFOPE, the government body responsible for labour, this week organized the young Pacific nation’s first consultative workshop to discuss the issue.
Haiti - IOM will help Haiti to develop a national migration policy by mobilizing national and international experts and providing programmatic and financial support to government institutions.
With over 80 per cent of the population living below the poverty line and unemployment hovering around 40 per cent, the push factors causing people to migrate internally and within the region will continue without a comprehensive reform of the migration sector, according to Pier Rossi Longhi, IOM Immigration and Border Management Specialist for the Americas.
IOM Zambia, with support from the IOM Development Fund, is building the capacity of the Zambia Prisons Service to protect the rights of migrants in detention.
Estimates indicate that Zambian prisons currently host more than 260 men, women and children who are detained on a broad range of immigration-related offenses.
Irregular migrants are often placed in detention alongside convicted criminals and many immigration detainees who have served the entirety of their sentence are forced to remain in detention due to limited resources for their return to countries of origin.
Within the framework of the project "Strengthening Paraguayan Migration Management System", funded by the IOM Development Fund, it was held on Thursday, September 18, the first National Workshop on the Definition of the Migration Policy of Paraguay.
IOM has opened a Country Office in Madagascar to support the Government through implementation of projects in a number of critical areas related to migration, including environmental-related internal migration, diaspora engagement and border management.
“The opening of an office in Madagascar marks the beginning of an important step that will reinforce collaboration between IOM and the Government of Madagascar in addressing migration challenges of the 21st century,” noted IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson, who was on an official visit to Antananarivo.
At the IX Inter-sessional Meeting of the South American Conference on Migration (CSM), held this week in Brasilia, representatives from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay met to discuss the progress countries have made towards the implementation of the South American Human Development Plan for Migration and the activities undertaken in the context of the commitments assumed from the Cartagena Declaration.
Since the civil war, which ended in 1992, many Mozambicans have opted to leave Mozambique in pursuit of better economic opportunities abroad. This has depleted the economy of skilled professionals in key social and industrial sectors, including healthcare, education and engineering.
In order to strengthen the support and engagement of the Mozambican diaspora in social, economic and cultural development of Mozambique, the government will this week launch a Strategy for Diaspora Engagement in National Development.