Regional News

  • ACP, EU, CMC, IOM Tackle Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling in the Caribbean

    Georgetown – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and a major Caribbean counter-trafficking network yesterday (14/03) concluded three days of exchange in Guyana on countering the scourges of trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling, which afflict a region where the number of girl victims of trafficking is among the highest globally.

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  • Organization Colleagues Mourn Deaths of IOM Staffer and other UN Workers in Ethiopian Airlines Crash

    Geneva –IOM Director-General António Vitorino expressed the organization’s deep sadness upon learning that this past weekend’s tragic Ethiopian Airlines accident claimed the lives of all 157 aboard, including a young IOM staff member Anne-Katrin Feigl and 18 others working in Africa for United Nations’ related agencies.

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  • International Remittances Headline ACP-EU-IOM Discussions in Ghana

    Accra – In Sub-Saharan Africa, the flow of remittances is on the rise, but the cost to transfer these funds is far higher than the global average, making the region the most expensive place in the world to send money. 

    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and partners focused on improving the use of migrant remittances, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa at a three-day regional thematic meeting starting today (19/02) in Accra, Ghana.

  • IOM Releases Migration Recommendations to EU Council Presidency, Romania

    Brussels – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) last week (22/01) presented four recommendations on migration to the Government of Romania, which took the helm of Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) on 1 January 2019 for a six-month tenure.  The recommendations focus on the migration dimension of EU’s next long-term budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).

  • Risks and Rights: New Video Aims to Empower Migrant Workers in Thai Fishing Industry

    Bangkok – IOM X - a joint initiative between IOM and USAID - and the ILO Ship to Shore Rights Project - funded by the European Union - today premiered the video, Real Life of Fishers, which provides migrant workers in the Thai fishing sector with information on their rights and recourse. 

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  • Ghana Labour Migration Policy Validated

    Accra - As part of efforts geared towards supporting labour migration and migrant workers protection in Ghana and abroad, on 17-18 December 2018, the IOM office in Ghana, in partnership with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR), organized a two-day workshop bringing together more than 20 key national and regional stakeholders to validate a draft labour migration policy (LMP) for the country.

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  • Making Strides Towards “Migration with Dignity”: Two Years of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration

    In 2018, Bandjou left Libya and returned to Guinea through the Voluntary Humanitarian Return programme run by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). He is now back on his feet, heading up a tiling company with the reintegration support he received from the European Union (EU) and IOM. His initiative is also rippling out to fellow Guineans in the community. Read his story and those of other people and the full results of the Joint Initiative over the past 2 years.

  • IOM Launches Advance Version of Migrants Protection Handbook

    Morocco – On 8 December, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched an advance version of its Handbook on the Protection and Assistance of Migrants Vulnerable to Violence, Exploitation and Abuse.

    The Handbook was developed within the framework of the Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT), a four-year joint initiative by the European Union and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) being implemented in partnership with IOM UNICEF.

  • IOM and UNODC Sign Agreement with the Government of Jordan to Upgrade al-Karamah Border Crossing Point

    Amman – In partnership with the Government of Jordan, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) signed an official partnership yesterday (10/12) to upgrade the al-Karamah border crossing point between Iraq and Jordan. The project, funded by the European Union Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace (EU IcSP), also contributes to the stability and economic recovery in the region.