Remittances from overseas workers are an economic lifeline in Nepal, last year amounting to around USD 4.75 billion, or 25 per cent of the country’s annual GDP – the highest rate among South Asian countries.
A lack of knowledge about the importance of savings means that much of that money is spent by families on consumer goods, rather than being reinvested into income generating activities. Consequently migrants who have moved abroad at considerable cost end up stuck in a vicious cycle of poverty and re-migration.
IOM Paraguay this week organized two training workshops for the country’s migration and border officials on migration management and detection of false travel documents.
In order to ensure the protection of the rights of Myanmar migrant workers abroad and to maximize the benefits of organized labour migration by enhancing migrant workers’ well-being as well as contribution to the national development, the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security and IOM Mission in Myanmar jointly conducted the training for the officials of those who are going to be assigned as Labour Attaché and those who can potentially take similar roles, as well as the officials of those who are part of the team with different roles and responsibilities in labour migration mana
IOM Cameroon, in partnership with the INTERPOL Regional Office for Central Africa, is organizing a training on human trafficking for police officers on March 18th and 19th in Yaoundé.
Participants will include 16 policemen and women from Congo, Gabon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chad and Cameroon.
“Human trafficking is a disturbing phenomenon that is increasingly present in Cameroon. Raising awareness of civil servants on this issue has become crucial,” says IOM Cameroon Head of Office Roger-Charles Evina.
IOM will launch the first National Migration Profile for Comoros jointly with the Ministry of External Relations and Cooperation, a project which is funded by the IOM Development Fund (IDF).
A research study conducted by the ACP Observatory on Migration, implemented by IOM and presented this week in Trinidad and Tobago’s capital Port of Spain, analyzes how recent migration flows to and from the Caribbean nation have affected the development of the country and the migrants themselves.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.