Southeast Asia Study Shows Gaps in Health Care for Trafficking Survivors

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.

Turkmenistan Addresses International Migration and Health Challenges

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.

First Labour Migration Workshop Launched in Timor-Leste

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.  

IOM Will Help Government of Haiti to Develop Migration Policy

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 Aids Zambia Prisons Service to Protect Rights of Migrants

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.

Starts first workshop-discussion to define immigration policy

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 Opens Office in Madagascar

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.

Governments of South American Conference on Migration Meet to Discuss Social Inclusion of Migrants

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.

Mozambique Launches Diaspora Engagement Strategy

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.

Burundi Engages Diaspora in Development

IOM is supporting the Government of Burundi in its efforts to increasingly engage with the Burundian diaspora in national development, with the backing of the IOM Development Fund. A key initial IOM intervention is support for the Ministry of External Relations and International Cooperation in organizing the first Diaspora Week, which will take place in Bujumbura between 28 and 31 July.

Viet Nam Addresses Health of Human Trafficking Victims

Health care experts and social workers joined IOM Viet Nam and the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs at a two-day workshop in Tam Dao to discuss the identification of victims of human trafficking, their special health needs and the provision of appropriate care and assistance.  

The workshop, which was designed to build the capacity of social workers and frontline health care providers, attracted over 30 participants from eight provinces in the north, south and centre of Viet Nam.

IOM and Government of Paraguay host international criminal investigation seminar to combat human trafficking

A two-day seminar, taking place in Paraguay’s capital Asuncion and ending tomorrow, is bringing together the Attorneys General of Paraguay and Uruguay to discuss the latest developments in criminal investigation to prosecute human traffickers.

IOM Counter Trafficking experts from Colombia, Costa Rica and Ecuador will share their expertise and lessons learned with officials from the State’s Prosecutors Office, the ministries of Interior and Women, Immigration Directorate and the Secretariat of Development for Returnees, as well as civil society organizations.

Zambia launches new tools to protect vulnerable migrants

Zambia, in close cooperation with the UN country team, and with the support of the European Union and the IOM Development Fund, last week hosted the 4th National Symposium on Human Trafficking in Lusaka.

Paraguay- IOM and the General Directorate of Migration in Paraguay presented to the President of the Nation, Horacio Cartes, the project funded by the Development Fund of IOM for the modernization of migration management

As part of the recent visit of the Regional Director of IOM for South America to Asuncion, Paraguay, it was presented jointly with the General Director of Immigration of Paraguay and the Chief of IOM Mission in Paraguay the new project funded by the IOM Development: "Strengthening the Migration System Paraguay Government".

IOM Workshop Promotes Engagement of Women of Tanzanian Diaspora

IOM Tanzania this week organized a workshop on “Women and the Diaspora” as part of a project: “Enhancing the Migration Evidence Base for the Development of Tanzania”.

The two-day workshop took place in Zanzibar on 25th-26th June 2014 and explored a number of topics, including the organization of women in the diaspora; their contributions in the form of knowledge and skills transfer; remittances, current challenges and priorities for women in the diaspora; and how their contributions to development in Tanzania can be maximized.

Lesotho Officials Study Diaspora Engagement

IOM will conduct a two-day diaspora engagement training for Lesotho government officials and partners from 27th to 28th May 2014 in Maseru, Lesotho. The training will be opened today by Lesotho Minister of Home Affairs Joang Molapo.

The training is aimed at cultivating strong diaspora engagement and management knowledge for participants to ensure smooth implementation of a recently launched project: “Mobilizing Medical Diaspora Resources for Lesotho”.

Landmark Diaspora Affairs Bureau Launched in Ghana

IOM has welcomed the launch of a newly created Diaspora Affairs Bureau within Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.

This is a landmark achievement on the part of the Government of Ghana, which has formalized the engagement of the Ghanaian diaspora for effective migration management and national development planning.

Mali, Togo Share Good Practices on Diaspora Management

Representatives of the Togolese Government have completed a three-day study visit to Mali to share information on good practices related to the management of diasporas.

The visit, organized by IOM, was designed to share Mali’s experience in the management of its diaspora and to support Togolese government efforts to develop its migration policy and manage the Togolese Diaspora.

IOM Strengthens Private Sector Links to Improve Quality of Life for Mobile, Vulnerable Colombians

IOM Colombia and Colpatria Bank have embarked on a partnership that aims to improve the quality of life of vulnerable Colombians through education, recreation, sports, art, culture and the environment. 

IOM has been working with the private sector in Colombia for the past five years as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy to engage businesses and other entities in projects with vulnerable populations. 

IOM Screens Documentaries on Migration at Spanish Cultural Center in Nicaragua

IOM will this week screen two IOM-produced documentaries on migration at the Spanish Cultural Center in Managua.

Construyendo Esperanzas: El Reto de la Reintegración (Building Hope: The Challenges of Reintegration) focuses on the hurdles faced by migrants returning to their country of origin.  It is based on an IOM initiative that began in 2007 in Chinandega, Nicaragua. The project has now expanded across Central America, assisting returnees and victims of trafficking to reintegrate successfully into their home communities.