Liaison Office for UN Agencies and other International Organizations based in Vienna, Austria
IOM Supports COVID-19 Information Campaign on Belarus' Borders
From today and every day, 1,500 foreigners and Belarusian citizens will receive up-to-date information on COVID-19 prevention measures at the when they enter Belarus, thanks to a new initiative funded by the EU and the IOM Development Fund.
Presidential Decree “of Immense Help” to Vulnerable Migrants in Russian Federation – IOM
The COVID-19 pandemic has left millions of international labour migrants in the Russian Federaiton stranded or facing uncertain futures. A new Presidential Decree to regulate the legal status of foreign nationals for an interim period of three months has been warmly welcomed by IOM as it means that migrants will not have to pay fees for permits, allowing them to find jobs more quickly and to retain their legal status.
Temporary Shelter, COVID-19 Testing for Bosnia's Homeless Migrants
IOM and migrant volunteers have set up heated isolation tents for migrants in the Blazuj army barracks, near Sarajevo, furnished with 1,000 beds, mattresses and blankets. The idea is to provide temporary accommodation for migrants and refugees who have previously been sleeping rough on the streets of the Bosnian capital.
COVID-19 Forces Huge Numbers of Ukrainians Home to Face Fraught Future
The country’s creaking economy and the conflict in the East are among the reasons up to three million Ukrainians were working abroad when the pandemic hit; over 1.4 million are internally displaced. Large numbers of expatriates rushed home before Ukraine closed its border: 37,000 on 27 March alone, the last day border crossings were open.