New IOM Deputy Director General Visits Migrants' Centre on First Field Visit to Turkey
“Turkey is a leader for countries around the world in how it hosts and provides opportunities for migrants to live better lives and achieve their potential,” IOM Deputy Director General Amy Pope said on her visit to Turkey last week “IOM is a proud partner to the Government in supporting initiatives that help lift migrants out of poverty and give them hope for a brighter future.”
Sarajevo is home to a generation of young people who experienced the war as small children, or who learned about it through stories from their families. Residential buildings marked by bullet holes and craters are just one of the many physicla scars that still remain, 25 years on. IOM has supported 16 young, local street artists to brighten their communities with colour, turning walls into works of art, usign paint that will help clean the city's famously smoggy air.
Alireza started swimming when he was 15 years old after he saw a disabled Chinese swimmer on TV for the first time. “He impressed and motivated me the moment I saw him. I thought if he can make it with his disability, I can make it too and achieve even more success than him.”
Migrants Warned of Dangers of Land Mines on the Balkan Route
The Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Centre estimates that there are 180,000 unexploded mines left over from the wars of the 1990s. Over 130,000 have been removed, and 617 lives have been lost. To alert migrants and IOM Outreach staff about the danger of landmines, IOM recently concluded a series of training sessions in temporary reception centres.
Azar is from Pakistan, Bilal is a Kurd from the Syrian city of Qamishli, and Mohamed is from Mogadishu, Somalia. Azar speaks English and a little Serbian, Bilal communicates only in Arabic, and Mohamed, who frequently jumps in as a translator, speaks English and Arabic.But when the three of them are in the IOM Serbia carpentry workshop, they do not need words and languages; the understand each other instinctively.
WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS: Victims' Voices Lead the Way
COVID-19 has increased the number of people vulnerable to the crime of human trafficking. The lips and megaphones the the artwork above symbolise their voices. Other elements highlight the importance of housing, education, justice, economic equity, community and stopping the demand. It was created by US artist and trafficking survivor Kendall Alaimo for #WDATiP 2021
Unlike younger men from Arab, Asian and certain African countries – whose presence in Serbia stopped being surprising years ago – it is uncommon to come across migrant families. We take a look at how IOM Serbia helps then on their journey, and puts a smile back on the faces of the children.
Vienna Regional Office Top IOM Contributor to UN 2030 Agenda
RD Renate Held: "It reflects talent, dedication, a deep understanding of the 2030 Agenda and an ability to marry high-quality migration programming with the strategic vision of our interlocutors. It proves that migration is not only a contributor but an inspiring accelerator to the 2030 Agenda”
The COVID pandemic sucked countless millions of dollars out of economies that rely on remittances for up to 30 per cent of their GDP. Today, on the International Day of Family Remittances, we look at what can be done to reinforce the key role of remittances as a tool for resilience and as a catalyst for development.
“Diaspora policy in a country like Moldova needs to begin with economic policy”, stressed Steven Fisher, British Ambassador to Moldova, speaking at online policy dialogue on International Remittances Day.