2019 Event

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  • International Migrants Day around the Region

    Dec 20, 2019

    The magical muses of music and cinema were celebrated in Vienna, city of music and migration, as the Global Migration Film Festival ended on International Migrants Day.

  • Sanja Celebic-Lukavac opens the Global Migration Film Festival in Tbilisi, Georgia

    Thousands Participate in GMFF Across the Region

    Dec 17, 2019

    Our Missions joined over 100 IOM venues across the globe for the fourth Global Migration Film Festival between its opening in late November and the final events on 18 December, International Migrants Day.  In Vienna, seat of the Regional Office, an event is being held at lunchtime on 18 December at the UN Headquarters building in Vienna, comprising a screening of “All People’s Orquestra”, a film about refugee and migrant musicians in Brazil. It will be followed by a panel discussion on a musical theme, with representatives from Open Piano For Refugees, among them a Syrian teenager who has assimilated into Austrian Society through music.

  • A recent IOM awareness-raising campaign from Central Asia

    Malta Meeting Focuses Minds On Combatting Smuggling and Trafficking

    Dec 16, 2019

    The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and IOM last week brought together international experts, representatives of 17 countries and international and civil society organizations in Malta to jointly discuss current challenges, and look at how trafficking and smuggling in persons might best be tackled.

    Technology and the popularity of low-cost flights have made travelling significantly easier and often cheaper too. But not for everyone. Over 4,000 people died during migratory journeys between countries in 2018, according to IOM’s Missing Migrants Project, while the most recent figures from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime smuggling of migrants generates an annual 5-7 US billion dollars.

    Trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants are widely recognized as contemporary threats to the well-being of society. Many migrants continue to be vulnerable to rights violations in transit, at their destination, and during or following their return. Also, organized crime groups connect beyond boundaries to increase their revenue, which is reinvested in weapons, drugs and other illicit and licit businesses through money laundering schemes, the meeting heard.

    “Addressing human trafficking requires co-operation among several stakeholders,” said Michael Farrugia, Malta’s Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, opening the event. “Malta enhanced such co-operation through the creation of a high-level monitoring committee, involving representatives of different ministries, that focuses on policy issues.”

    The workshop highlighted the need to complement policies and legal frameworks with operational protocols and capacity building programmes at local, regional and national level to prevent and combat human trafficking and smuggling of migrants. The participants agreed community engagement is of primary importance for the successful prosecution of criminals, and protection of witnesses and victims.


  • Attensees at the UN Regional System meeting at the IOM Vienna Regional Office

    UN Chiefs Gather in IOM’s Vienna Office to Plan Future Directions

    Dec 10, 2019

    The Vienna Regional Office is today (10 December) welcoming over 40 distinguished guests from United Nations offices all over Europe, as it provides a timely and picturesque setting for the UN Regional System Meeting.

  • On December 1, World AIDS Day, IOM Armenia joined up with the National AIDS Centre and UNAIDS to organize public events in the capital Yerevan and the city of Gyumri.

    IOM Armenia Marks World AIDS Day

    Dec 02, 2019

    On December 1, World AIDS Day, IOM Armenia joined up with the National AIDS Centre and UNAIDS to organize public events in the capital Yerevan and the city of Gyumri.

  • Attendees at the 19th Meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Police Cooperation Convention (PCC) for South-East Europe

    Regional Director Speaks at Police Cooperation Convention in Vienna

    Nov 08, 2019

    Regional Director Argentina Szabados represented IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino at the 19th Meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Police Cooperation Convention (PCC) for South-East Europe yesterday (7 November), held at the Austrian Interior Ministry in Vienna.

  • Participants at the Regional Counter-Trafficking Conference in Tbilisi

    Regional Counter-Trafficking Conference in Tbilisi

    Nov 01, 2019

    IOM and the Ministry of Justice of Georgia recently organized a Regional Counter-Trafficking Conference in Tbilisi.

  • IOM Chief of Budget Alberto Brenes (standing) working with participants at last week's Regional resource management workshop

    Regional Resource Management Capacity Building Workshop

    Oct 23, 2019

    More than 20 IOM financial staff from the RO Vienna region gathered in Antalya, Turkey last week for a Regional Resource Management capacity building workshop.  The first day  was fully assigned to the Ethics and Conduct Office, Office of the Ombudsperson and the Staff Welfare Office to deliver a training on Harassment Prevention. This was the first training initiative of its kind.

  • “Invisible in Plain Sight” in front of Telavi’s medieval castle.

    EU Anti-Trafficking Day in SEEECA Region

    Oct 21, 2019

    On 18 October IOM marked EU Anti-Trafficking Day with partners and counterparts. 

  • A group of participants at the training

    PRIMA: Training for New Project Development System Takes Place in Region

    Sep 13, 2019

    A group of 65 IOM staff  from 19 Missions in the SEEECA region, in addition to colleagues of the Regional Office in Vienna, participated in the roll-out training for IOM's new project management system PRIMA FOR ALL from 9 to 13 September. 

  • Students and speakers at the 11th IOM Summer School on Migration Studies

    2019 IOM Summer School on Migration Studies takes place in Prague

    Aug 30, 2019

    The 11th IOM Summer School on Migration Studies  was held at Prague’s renowned Charles University this week, attracting 100 students from 50 countries.

  • RD Szabados meets the President of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Maria Fernanda Espinosa

    IOM Takes Floor at Special UN Event in Vienna

    Aug 28, 2019

    IOM’s Regional Director for South-eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia has commended the President of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, H.E.

  • Art-installation, Tashkent

    World Anti Trafficking Day 2019 Across the Region

    Aug 02, 2019

    IOM's Missions commemorated the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons in innovative and creative ways across the region.

  • A selection of postersdeclaring “Teach Children To See Lies” from the new Belarus anti-trafficking campaign

    “Teach Children to See Lies” Warns Belarus Campaign

    Jul 24, 2019

    “Teach children to see lies” is the slogan of a new campaign being launched next week in Belarus by IOM and Unicef, aimed at prevention of child sexual exploitation and sexual abuse as its root cause.

  • Tackling Human Trafficking in Tajikistan

    Jul 22, 2019

    As the human trafficking phenomenon has a high impact in the landlocked Central Asian state, high-profile initiatives are being organized by IOM Tajikistan to mark World Anti-Trafficking Day, which takes place annually on July 30.

  • Participants at the joint training workshop on migrant protection, reintegration and monitoring in Istanbul

    First Eurasia Meeting of Migrant Protection and Assistance Specialist Takes Place in Istanbul

    Jul 19, 2019

    In order to raise standards and encourage cross-regional collaboration, Migrant Protection and Assistance (MPA) staff from the Vienna and Bangkok Regional offices  held the first joint training workshop on migrant protection, reintegration and monitoring in Istanbul from July 8-11.

  • Regional Director to Give Keynote Speech at Major New York Humanitarian Design Summit

    Jun 17, 2019

    Argentina Szabados, Director of IOM's Vienna Regional Office, will give the keynote speech at the Design for Humanity Summit in New York this week. 

  • Staff from across the region gathered in Kyiv to learn more about IOM's procurement policies

    Kyiv Hosts Regional Procurement Workshop

    Apr 30, 2019

    Ukraine's capital Kyiv recently hosted a Regional Capacity Building Workshop on Procurement, where 43 staff from across the region came together to focus on IOM's procurement policy and procedures.

  • The elegation of Japanese academics who met with IOM Chief of Mission Lars Johan Lönnback in Chisinau. Photo IOM Austria Vienna Regional Office

    Japanese Scholars Visit Moldova to Discuss Labour Migration

    Apr 05, 2019

    A delegation of Japanese academics have met with IOM  at the UN House in Chisinau to discuss Moldovan labour migration to Italy.

  • Sumeyye Gedikoglu from the Turkish Municipalities Union describes cooperation on Social Cohesion with IOM programmes at UNECE in Geneva. Photo IOM Austria RO Vienna

    Major UN Europe Meeting Hears About How Turkey Tackles Integration

    Mar 18, 2019

    IOM’s regional programmes in Turkey were presented at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva on 21 March as governments and UN agencies meet to discuss sustainable development in the region.

  • First Migration Data Portal for Europe to be Launched at Regional UN Event | IOM Austria

    First Migration Data Portal for Europe to be Launched at Regional UN Event

    Mar 14, 2019

    Regional Director Argentina Szabados will premiere a landmark migration data portal for Europe at a top-level UN meeting in Geneva next week. 

  •  Chief of Mission in the Russian Federation Abdusattor Esoev's discusses common issues with the Secretary General of the IPA CIS Council, Dmitry Kobitsky | IOM Austria - Regional Office

    IOM and CIS Pledge to Continue Close Cooperation

    Feb 28, 2019

    A mutual commitment to closer cooperation was made in St Petersburg this week at a meeting between IOM and the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

  • Attendees from across Central Asia at the Almaty Process meeting in Dushanbe | IOM Austria - Regional Office

    Dialogue in Dushanbe

    Feb 13, 2019

    Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe is hosting the First Technical Expert’s Group Meeting of the Almaty Process, a regional interstate initiative on migration, on 12-13 February 2019.