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  • Big crowds at GMFF openign event in Minsk, Belarus

    SEECA Region Embraces Global Migration Film Festival

    Dec 07, 2018

    December 18th will mark International Migrants Day, first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2000 to recognize the scale of the global migration phenomenon.

  • Mobile clinic in Yerevan for European Testing Week

    Public HIV Tests in Yerevan for European Testing Week

    Dec 05, 2018

    During European Testing Week (23-30 November), public events were held in Yerevan, capital of Armenia, aimed at promoting HIV testing, informing the public about, developing motivation, and changing stereotypes.

  • Drilling Down into the Data at RO Vienna

    Nov 27, 2018

    On 21 and 22 of November the Europe Regional Information Management Working Group held a technical workshop in Vienna focused on inter-agency coordination and collaboration in data management activities between IOM, UNHCR and UNICEF. The workshop provided a platform for common planning of data management activities and support to data collection and data analysis practices, as well as identifing areas for future collaboration.

  • Deputy Regional Director and Senior Staff from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) based in Budapest met in Vienna the Regional Office’s Director and Senior Staff

    Regional FAO meeting with Regional IOM in Vienna

    Oct 10, 2018

    The Deputy Regional Director and Senior Staff from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) based in Budapest met in Vienna with the Regional Office’s Director and Senior Staff on Tuesday.

  • “Migration Policy Increasingly Important” Regional Director Tells European Migration Network

    Aug 24, 2018

    Migration policy is expected to become an increasingly important economic – as well as social – issue for the Eastern European and Eastern EU countries.

  • Many Central Asians seek employment outside their countries of origin, making them vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

    Tackling Trafficking in Turkmenistan

    Aug 23, 2018

    IOM, the Government of Turkmenistan and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe are organizing a regional workshop entitled “Labour Migrants and Trafficking in Persons for Labour Exploitation” in the capital Ashgabat from August 27-30.

  • Rukhshona Qurbonova of IOM Tajikistan (far left) on the AFEW Panel at the recent International AIDS Conference in the Netherlands

    Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges for HIV+ Migrants in Tajikistan

    Aug 03, 2018

    The recent 22nd International AIDS Conference in The Netherlands, which brought together more than 16,000 researchers, policy makers and community leaders from more than 160 countries, presented IOM with the chance to discuss HIV/AIDS among migrants in Central Asia.

  • A passerby reads Olenka's sad story

    "Invisible in Plain Sight" Campaign Comes to Tbilisi

    Aug 02, 2018

    “We lived in a cold house and my younger sister and I slept on an old blanket instead of a bed. Mother went away to earn money leaving us with our stepfather. He soon bought another woman home and they drove us onto the street to beg.

  • Part of an IOM exhibition which will be on display in the Tbilisi Metro on World Anti-Trafficking Day

    World Anti-Trafficking Day Across the Region

    Jul 30, 2018

    July 30 is World Day against Trafficking in Persons and IOM Missions across the SEEECA region are hosting events to raise awareness of this form of modern-day slavery.

    In Georgia, 20 silhouettes of trafficked persons will appear in one of Tbilisi’s main underground stations, as part of the “Invisible in plain sight” campaign. A kickoff meeting involving Georgian officials, US embassy staff and NGOs will also be held.

    In neighbouring Azerbaijan, the UN Migration agency is bringing together bring together government officials, diplomats, and international and civil society organizations to discuss and publicize trafficking in persons in Azerbaijan and worldwide.

    IOM Belarus has chosen the day to launch an exciting partnership with the Minsk-based global messaging system, Viber. It will involve promotion of safe migration and decreasing risks of human trafficking through the creation, support and promotion of the IOM Belarus Viber community among target audience. More than a half of Belarusians use Viber and the IOM Viber community will become an innovative addition to the existing hotline on safe migration, with the information available 24/7.

    Mazes will be set up all across Ukraine as part of a national interactive awareness raising event. Visitors will have to find their way out, and, in doing so, find ways to how to avoid situations of trafficking in persons. All scenarios are based on real recruitment stories. The project is aimed at developing a critical attitude to dubious job offers, training people to think calm in situations of emotional pressure, and testing visitors’ knowledge of safe migration and employment abroad.

    If all the answers and decisions are correct, the visitors leave the maze without being trafficked, and at the exit meet a representative of an IOM partner NGO, who delivers a brief information session and answers questions. If the visitors make a mistake, they will leave the maze through another exit, where a public commissioner will declare them a victim of trafficking, and provide information on their rights and opportunities, such as assistance from the state, international organizations and civil society.

    IOM Uzbekistanhas taken part in a National TV debate on WDATIP to be aired on July 30. They are also co-organizing a public info-action to be held in the Mirzo Ulughbek Central Park in the capital Tashkent.

    Senior staff from the Reginal Office will attend a screening of the IOM-funded film “Sisters” at the UN in Vienna , with remarks from H.E. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, UNODC, and from the permanent representatives of Belarus,  France and Serbia.

  • Peter Van der Auweraert, IOM Sub-regional Coordinator for the Western Balkans speaking at the Diaspora Conference in Sarajevo

    Discussing the Diaspora in Sarajevo

    Jun 19, 2018

    “Building trust and enhancing dialogue between the government and diaspora associations is a critical element in building further collaboration be it in trade, investment, skills exchange, or even return to Bosnia. Through this project and this conference, we are helping to establish this trust between different institutions, but also looking forward and discussing concrete ideas on what can be achieved together”.

  • Celebrating the Voices of Migration in Vienna

    Jun 13, 2018

    On June 28 IOM's Vienna Regional Office will present a special concert celebrating, through music, the voices of migration.

  • Launch of UNODC "Smuggling Migrants" report in Vienna

    Cooperation Continues on People Smuggling

    Jun 13, 2018

    IOM figures form a central part of a new UN global report issued today (13 June) on the smuggling of migrants.

  • Candlelight Memorial Campaign for AIDS Awareness in Armenia

    May 20, 2018

    About 0.2 per cent of the total population aged 15-49 of Armenia is HIV positive. Migrants are a highly vulnerable group, with the majority (57 per cent) of the cases between 2011 and 2015 becoming infected while abroad.

  • Participatory Migration Exhibition to Tour Region

    May 11, 2018

    Following the onset of the European migration crisis in 2015 there has been a marked increase in xenophobia and anti-migrant sentiment in many European countries.

  • IOM Vienna Office to Brief Silk Routes Countries on Return and Reintegration

    Apr 30, 2018

    Knowledge gained in the field of voluntary return and reintegration of migrants who are unable to stay in destination countries will be presented by IOM’s Vienna Regional Office at the upcoming meeting of the Budapest Process Joint meeting of the Silk Routes to be held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Her

  • Long Night of Research in Vienna

    Apr 16, 2018

    IOM staff from the Vienna Regional Office and the Austria country office joined scientists from all over the world at the Long Night of Research at the Vienna International Centre, one of the Unit

  • Regional Director Argentina Szabados addresses an IOM/UNODC event at the UN in Vienna yesterday

    Joint Platform on Migrant Smuggling: Q and A with Regional Director

    Mar 29, 2018

    Yesterday (28/3) in Vienna, IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched a joint platform on countering migrant smuggling.

  • MigApp for Western Balkans on the Way

    Mar 28, 2018

    “Migrants use mobile phones and internet to inform themselves during their journey, this is why it is crucial that we make use of those same tools to convey quality and reliable information on safe migration”, said Chiara Tognetti, from the Migration Protection and Assistance department at IOM’s

  • IOM/UNODC Hold Joint Counter Migrant Smuggling Event

    Mar 26, 2018

    IOM and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are co-hosting an event on March 28 at the Vienna International Centre.

  • Directors Discuss Displacement and Data in Istanbul

    Feb 28, 2018

    IOM’s Regional Director Argentina Szabados is in Istanbul this week at a meeting of senior directors to discuss the global use of IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM).

  • Tanya Orange, IOM Minsk, with a participant at an exhibition reflecting joint efforts to achieve the SDGs in Belarus

    IOM Shares Expertise At Regional SDG Forum In Minsk

    Feb 22, 2018

    More than 40 European and Central Asian countries are participating in the first high-level regional Sustainable Development Goals Coordination Leaders Forum in Minsk this week.

  • Addressing Labour Loss in Eastern Europe

    Feb 20, 2018

    Several Eastern European countries are seeing a significant loss of their labour force as large numbers migrate in search of work. The subject was discussed at a recent meeting of Euronest in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.

  • Armenian State Migration Head visits RO Vienna

    Feb 06, 2018

    The Head of the State Migration Service (SMS) of Armenia, Gagik Yeganyan visited the IOM Regional Office in Vienna on 6 February to discuss further cooperation with IOM and joint programming.

  • Discussing Migration with Media in Albania

    Jan 29, 2018

    IOM in Albania has been running a dynamic national information campaign as part of its project to prevent unsafe migration from Albania towards the European Union. Its main partners include the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth, Ministry of Finance and Economy, Department of Border and Migration Police, local government authorities, representatives of an anti-trafficking committee, as well as members of education institutions, civil society and media.

  • IOM and OSCE Lead Discussions on a New Narrative for Migration

    Jan 15, 2018

    Special Advisor to the Secretary General, Gervais Appave, made a keynote speech at a joint IOM/OSCE event entitled “Perception is not reality: Towards a new narrative of migration” which took place at OSCE’s headquarters in Vienna on International Migrant’s Day (18 December).

  • Together in Vienna for Global Migration Film Festival

    Jan 14, 2018

    The Vienna Regional Office screened "Amerika Square", Greece’s entry for the Oscars, directed by Yannis Sakardis to mark International Migrants Day on 18 December, as part of the Global Migration Film Festival.

  • Global Migration Film Festival Brings Oscar Entrant to Vienna

    Dec 18, 2017

    Vienna - The IOM Regional Office in Vienna joins the UN Kino/Cine ONU initiative on International Migrants Day, when we screen Greece’s 2018 Academy Awards entry, “Amerika Square” by Yannis Sakaridis.

  • Work against Violent Extremism in the Balkans

    Dec 08, 2017

    Sarajevo - The Norwegian Ambassador in Sarajevo, Guri Rusten, and the Chief of the IOM Bosnia and Herzegovina Mission, Mr. Peter Van der Auweraert, signed an agreement for the project “Strengthening Institutional Capacities for Referral Mechanisms for the Prevention of Violent Extremism” on 15 November 2017.

  • Ambitious Programme for Global Migration Film Festival in Tajikistan

    Nov 30, 2017

    Dushanbe - Films and documentaries produced around the world that capture the lives of people on the move will be showcased from 5 December to 18 December in selected locations in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, as part of the Global Migration Film Festival.

    Four films will be screened that showcase the promise and challenges of migration, change perception of migrants, and highlight the unique contributions made by migrants to their new communities and to their homelands.

  • Building Resource Management Capacity

    Oct 01, 2017

    Budva - On October 2017 a group of 25 participants from the RO Vienna region, as well as trainers/facilitators from Regional Offices in Europe and Geneva Headquarters, took part in a Resource Management Capacity Building workshop in Budva, Montenegro.  

  • Regional Human Resources and Finance Capacity Building Workshop

    Oct 01, 2017

    Vienna - In early summer 2017 the first Regional Human Resources and Finance Capacity Building Workshop for Senior Management of the region took place in Vienna, Austria.

  • IOM Ukraine launches photo exhibition at America House Kyiv

    Sep 13, 2017

    Kyiv - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) opened a photo exhibition, Big Results of Small Businesses, to mark the ten-year anniversary of its Micro-Enterprise Development Programme, which seeks to empower migrants

  • Ukraine Adopts New Migration Strategy Developed with UN Migration Agency

    Jul 14, 2017

    The Government of Ukraine adopted a new State Migration Strategy Wednesday (12 July), which will inform national migration policy for the next eight years.