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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nov 01, 2019
IOM and the Ministry of Justice of Georgia recently organized a Regional Counter-Trafficking Conference in Tbilisi.
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.
Oct 21, 2019
On 18 October IOM marked EU Anti-Trafficking Day with partners and counterparts.
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.
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.
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.
Aug 02, 2019
IOM's Missions commemorated the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons in innovative and creative ways across the region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.