Liaison Office for UN Agencies and other International Organizations based in Vienna, Austria
Remembering Migrants by Candelight and Sincere Talk
May 16 is the day of the annual candlelight memorial for those who have lost their lives to HIV and AIDS. While there is no event in Armenia this year, the poignant story of an HIV+ migrant, gathered via IOM's "Sincere Talk" platform, bears witness to the challenges migrants face while abroad.
Moldova Opens First Shelter for Male Victims of Trafficking
Media coverage of human trafficking often focuses on the lives ruined by sexual exploitation, as women are bought and sold, used up and ruined by daily abuse and humiliation. A less discussed phenomenon is the trafficking and brutalization of men for forced labour. This cohort forms a majority of trafficking victims in the tiny Eastern European country of Moldova, where 87 of the 116 identified adult victims in 2020 were men.
As countries in Southeastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia have begun to roll out COVID-19 vaccines, it is essential for policy makers to ensure that migrants – regardless of their migration status - are included in each vaccine priority group.
In addition to the toll COVID-19 has taken on our physical health, the United Nations has warned of a global mental health epidemic that could last for generations. That call was echoed on the snowy streets of Ukraine, where massive blue masks on the main squares brought attention to the mental health aspect of the current crisis.
Although TB has been overshadowed by the COVID pandemic, it is still a major killer with devastating health, social and economic consequences on the world’s most vulnerable.The difficult conditions in which migrants may be forced to travel, live and work, can increase their vulnerability or exposure to TB.
Almost three million people crossed the contact line in conflict-affected Eastern Ukraine last year. The majority crossed for medical treatment. Hospitals in the region have just taken delivery of 200,000-euro worth of essential equipment, donated by IOM and the Government of Japan
On March 16, UN Agencies together with Georgian government representatives held an online workshop titled “UN Network on Migration and Georgian Civil Society Organizations Engagement on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration".
There are over 25 million people forced to work in sectors such as agriculture, fishing, food processing, construction, and domestic work across the world. Overall, human trafficking creates US$150 million annually for criminal groups.
IOM Chief of Staff Eugenio Ambrosi spent most of the week in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he and Chief of Mission Laura Lungarotti met the Minister of Security, Director of Service for Foreigners’ Affairs, Prime Minister of Una Sana Canton, and