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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.
Moldova Opens First Shelter for Male Victims of TraffickingApr 28, 2021
There are over 25 million people forced to work in sectors such as agriculture, fishing, food processing, construction, and domestic work across the world. Overall, human trafficking creates US$150 million annually for criminal groups.
Chief of Staff visits Bosnia and HerzegovinaApr 23, 2021
IOM Chief of Staff Eugenio Ambrosi spent most of the week in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he and Chief of Mission Laura Lungarotti met the Minister of Security, Director of Service for Foreigners’ Affairs, Prime Minister of Una Sana Canton, and the Mayor of Bihać.
IOM Kosovo Assists Nine Migrants to Return Home to NepalApr 22, 2021
After many months far from their Asian home, nine Nepalese nationals have been helped by IOM to get back to their families. With tickets in hand, they morning they recently boarded a plane from Pristina airport to Istanbul, where another flight transferred them to Kathmandu, Nepal.
Drones Taking Young People to New Heights in Ukraine!Apr 15, 2021
In March, residents of Rozhysche in Ukraine, managed to identify a bulrush fire with a drone provided by IOM, and stopped it with the help of local firefighters, while schoolchildren of the Tiachiv amalgamated territorial community started sorting waste with IOM-provided bins.