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Migration Governance Framework
The essential elements for facilitating orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration & mobility of people
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IOM and COP22 Marrakesh
15-16 June 2016 – IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson will take part on Wednesday (15/06) in a high-level panel on migration and forced displacement at the two-day “European Development Days” (EDD) event in Brussels.
The panel will headline a series of debates and workshops with IOM involvement at the EDD drawing attention to the role of migration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as an essential and positive force.
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23-24 May 2016 -- Migration is set to play a central role at the first World Humanitarian Summit which opens in Istanbul today (23/5). At the two-day event, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing will discuss with leaders of the international community the state of humanitarian aid, notably its parlous financing and the global displacement crisis.
He will help to lay out an agenda for further improvements in the manner in which aid is delivered to internally displaced people, refugees and other vulnerable populations in need of assistance.
Seven High-Level Leaders’ Round Tables and 15 Special Sessions will be convened, with the participation of some 60 Heads of State and Government, ministers, representatives of international organizations, civil society and the private sector. A further one hundred issue-specific side events will also take place over the course of the Summit. Read More >>
This paper, the first in our “Policy Insights” series, brings together IOM’s reflections on the possible future directions for economic migration policies in the EU with the goal of strengthening the contribution of migration to growth and competitiveness. It examines and calls for new approaches to labour market policy grounded in emerging realities and taking into account cross-border mobility, more inclusive employment, increasing productivity and labour market participation among all groups making up the working age population.
The extent to which the EU embraces and manages increasing diversity and fosters inclusive, dynamic communities will determine the potential impact of these social changes for individuals and societies.
INCLUSION, GROWTH AND COMPETITIVENESS: Future of Economic Migration in the EU
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16 Feb 2016 -- European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica today opened a high-level dialogue with IOM in Brussels to exchange views on current and future challenges in the field of migration.
IOM Director General William Lacy Swing and Deputy Director General Laura Thompson took part in the annual strategic meeting, together with other senior European Commission (EC) officials and representatives of the European External Action Service.
The overall objective of the meeting (formally known as a 'Senior Officials Meeting') was to explore ways to strengthen international efforts to implement the political commitments adopted at the Valletta Summit in November 2015, the Western Balkans Conference and in the Turkey Action Plan.
This is the third Senior Officials Meeting held within the EU-IOM Strategic Cooperation Framework. Read More >>
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DG NEAR joins the EU-IOM strategic cooperation framework today
16 Feb 2016 – The Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) participated for the first time in the annual EU-IOM Senior Officials Meeting today, and on this occasion formally joined the EU-IOM Strategic Cooperation Framework through an exchange of letters in a further sign of the critical importance migration issues hold in Europe and neighbouring regions.
Operational cooperation between DG NEAR and IOM has already been ongoing in the Neighbourhood South and East as well as enlargement countries. In the context of the current migrant and refugee inflows to Europe, this cooperation has recently been stepped up along the Eastern Mediterranean route.
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23 Feb 2016 -- IOM yesterday (22/02) conducted its first family reunification in Cyprus in coordination with Cyprus’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and partners. The joint action reunited a 7-year-old Syrian girl with her father, mother and siblings.
The girl travelled from Syria via Jordan, where IOM Amman provided her with airport assistance and an escort for the journey. She was reunited with her family at Larnaca International Airport last night (22/02).
"The child was separated from her family for two years after surviving a bombing and the destruction of her house. She was very eager to join her loved ones in Cyprus, who were thrilled to hear she is alive," said Natasa Xenophontos Koudouna, IOM's officer in charge in Cyprus.
30 October 2015 -- IOM has released an update to its June 2015 response plan “Addressing Complex Migration Flows in the Mediterranean.” It includes a series of proposed interventions to be implemented through December 2016, some of which are already underway, others are still at the planning stage.
The plan presents IOM’s proposed interventions and reaffirms the collective responsibility of states, institutions and organizations to respond to the situation that the international community is facing in Europe and beyond, in a manner that is centered on the protection of migrants’ rights, as well as enhanced partnership between all concerned stakeholders.
The document details four pillars of a coordinated response, which will be implemented across multiple locations in Europe, parts of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa.
01 December 2015 -- A new data brief produced by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre and UNICEF shows that children make up at least one in five of the 870,000 refugees and migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean Sea so far this year.
The share is greatest along the Eastern Mediterranean route from Turkey to Greece and through the Western Balkans, where children make up over one quarter of arrivals. About 10 per cent of arrivals to Italy are children, with nearly three quarters unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.
Children are among the most vulnerable of the migrants and refugees travelling to Europe. More than one third of all deaths in the Aegean Sea this year have been of children, many of them infants. Read More>>
28 October 2015 -- IOM yesterday (27/10) launched its flagship World Migration Report 2015 – Migrants and Cities: New Partnerships to Manage Mobility, during the second day of the two-day high-level Conference on Migrants and Cities in Geneva.
The report, the eighth in IOM’s World Migration Report series, focuses on how migration and migrants are shaping cities and how the life of migrants is shaped by cities, their people, organizations and rules.
Speaking at the launch, Dr. June Lee, the report’s editor-in-chief, noted that while much of the current international discussion about migration trends and policy is at national level, this report takes the migration debate to the city level.
“The report focuses on how migration is shaping cities and how the situation of migrants in cities – how they live, work and shape their habitat – helps to reveal the close connection between human mobility and urban development,” she said.
25 September 2015 -- The EC-funded project “Training packages for health professionals to improve access and quality of health services for migrants and ethnic minorities, including the Roma (MEM-TP)” will hold a Dissemination Workshop in Brussels on the 2nd of October 2015 at the Borschette Centre in Brussels. The goal of this project is to review, develop, test and evaluate training for health professionals to prepare them to better care for these population groups.
The workshop is being organized by the Andalusian School of Public Health, the Migration Health Unit of the IOM Regional Office Brussels, and the European Public Health Alliance.
The event is financed by the EU’s Health Programme 2008-2013 and is managed by the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) and the European Commission's DG for Health &Food Safety.
26 June 2015 -- The Greek islands near Turkey's coast now rival Italy as the top destination for irregular migrants seeking entry into the EU by sea this year, signaling the shift from the central Mediterranean route to the Eastern route. Some 61,000 migrants have arrived by sea to Greece this year, nearly doubling 2014’s full-year total of 34,442. During the current month of June, between 650 and 1,000 migrants are reaching the islands daily. The key points of entry are the Greek islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and Chios, with Lesvos alone receiving over half of all arrivals. The smaller islands of Pserimos, Farmakonisi, Agathonisi, Oinousses, Megisti and Gavdos also are receiving migrants, overstretching modest local means to respond.
IOM's Chief of Mission in Greece, Daniel Esdras, warns that the islands are facing shortages in capacity and resources needed to adequately handle the arrivals. “This is only the beginning. The facts and figures cannot describe the reality of the situation on Greek shores," he said. Read More>>
IOM-EU Cooperation on Migration & Mobility 2015
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IOM Mediterranean Response Plan
IOM Response Plan for the Mediterranean and Beyond
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Fatal Journeys Volume 2
Identification and tracing of dead and missing migrants
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Missing Migrants Project