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.
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.
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 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.
The latest publication in the IOM Migration Profile series looks at migration from South America to Europe, North America and Asia, as well as movements within the sub-continent.
The panorama for South America points to Paraguay-Argentina and Bolivia-Argentina as the main regional migration corridors. Other migration corridors are Peru-Argentina, Peru-Chile, Colombia-Venezuela, Colombia-Ecuador and Bolivia-Brazil.
A first group from over 500 federal and local officials working directly with irregular migrants transiting through Mexico will this week begin a three-week IOM training course to help them to identify and aid migrant victims of kidnapping.