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IOM facilitates high level meeting between Haiti and Brazil to discuss increased Haitian migration to the South American country

IOM facilitated a high-level meeting convened in Brasilia between  government representatives from Haiti and Brazil, to discuss increased Haitian migration to the South American country. 

At the three-day meeting, IOM migration officials facilitated the exchange of information and discussions aimed at identifying strategies to ensure that migration flows between the two countries are safe, creation of mechanisms to strengthen regular migration channels, and combating human trafficking and migrant smuggling. 

Maldives Passes Bill to Criminalize Human Trafficking

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 Addresses Labour Shortages in Lesotho’s Health Sector

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 and Partners Meet in South Sudan to Engage Diaspora for Health Sector Development

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 Hosts Andean Community Migration Data Experts to Discuss Policies Promoting Safe Migration

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, Central American University Train Nicaraguan Consular Officials Online

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.

IOM Supports Migration Management Training in Venezuela

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 Presents Preliminary Results of Study on Haitian Migration to Brazil

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 Uganda Hosts Labour Migration Workshop

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.

Pilot project will engage South Sudanese diaspora health professionals

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.

Philippines Report Tracks Rise of Migration

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.

IOM, Mongolia Seek to Manage Labour Migration

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.

Namibia to introduce border resident cards

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.

Uruguay Launches "Positive Migration" Information Campaign

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 Supports Migration and Development Policy Process in Namibia

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.

South American Human Rights Experts Debate Protection Needs of Migrants

The IOM Regional Office for South America, with support from IOM Peru, is hosting human rights experts from nine South American countries to discuss the protection needs of migrants in the continent.

Labour Migration Database Set to Launch in Ghana

The Government of Ghana is set to launch a new labour market database as part of its new 2013-2016 Labour Department Strategic Plan.