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Crafting a Future in SerbiaAug 06, 2021
Azar, Bilal and Mohamed are a strange trio – one that could only be fashioned and created in the great workshop of life.
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...
Exploitation of Children in Georgia in the SpotlightJul 29, 2021
The most common forms of child exploitation in Georgia are forced begging and sexual and labour exploitation. Children, often below the age of 10, can be forced to beg by their parents, siblings, guardians, or even by criminal gangs. Child beggars work long hours and are often abused. Among...
Healing the Hurt in ArmeniaJul 19, 2021
Migration and displacement is too often expressed in big numbers: thousands of refugees and displaced, tons of aid, hundreds of tents. Yet the reality is that it is composed of a jigsaw of almost infinite pieces; memories, terrors, loss, upheaval.
The short but violent conflict in and...
Bringing Back the SmilesJul 08, 2021
You don't see many migrant families in Serbia. Younger men from Arab, Asian and certain African countries – their presence in Serbia stopped being surprising years ago. There are, however, about 150 families from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa, at the Šid Reception Centre in the north of...
Weaving the fabric of societyJun 15, 2021
Mother of five, Astra, 47, from Kyrgyzstan, was already struggling before the pandemic. She and her husband were unemployed, and sliding deeper and deeper into debt in order to keep their son in university. After some very hard times, her life has changed fo rthe better. Read her story...
Bread or Coal: The Bitter Choice for Ukraine's Conflict-AffectedMay 31, 2021
Meet “Nina” (71) and “Ivan” (75) from eastern Ukraine, where the conflict has entered its eighth year.
They are the dramatis personae in a new video/social media campaign being run by IOM to help focus attention on the plight of the three million...
A Story of HIV, Migration, Motherhood and CourageMay 14, 2021
On the third Sunday in May, each year, since 1983, countless thousands of people across the globe have come together to place candles in public places to remember those for have died with HIV/AIDS.
Among them are family members of migrants.