Migration Comes of Age

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 16:56

By William Lacy Swing
First published in Strategic Review

This is the age of migration. There have, of course, been times of great population flow: the mass movements at the end of World War II, or the early years of the 20th century, when the populations of US cities began to surge. Others would point to the move across the Western United States, or further back to the age of colonialism and exploration by Europe.

But I firmly contend that migration, as it exists right now, is the mega-trend of our times, and is ineffably changing the world as we know and experience it.

Getting the Public Involved in the Fight Against Human Trafficking with Technology

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 12:40

By Reuben Lim

Last week on one hot June afternoon in Bangkok, a regional conference on human trafficking took place at the Shangri-La hotel. The setting at first glance seemed nothing out of the ordinary for an event of this sort. A grand conference room in a five star hotel crowded with national delegations, NGOs and international organisations.

But one thing stood out – Microsoft, a multinational technology leader, had not only joined this conference on ICT and human trafficking but actively contributed towards shaping the conference and bringing it to life in partnership with six International Organizations including IOM, UN-ACT, UN Women, UNICEF, USAID and UNODC.

Considering the Implications of Increased Urbanisation in Myanmar

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:46

By Michiko Ito

Since the beginning of political and economic reforms of 2011, Myanmar has received unprecedented attention, support and expectations from the world. Economic forecasts such as GDP quadrupling and 10 million new non-agricultural jobs by 2030 (e.g. IMF, 2013; McKinsey, 2013) indicate that Myanmar will be a different place in a matter of just 15 years.

Migrant Hero: Michael Brosowski

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:33

Michael Brosowski is the founder of NGO Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in Vietnam, which rescues at-risk street children and victims of trafficking.

Michael, who migrated from Sydney, Australia to Hanoi, Vietnam in 2002, is an example of the way individual migrants can make huge contributions to their host communities. In 2011, Michael was named a CNN Hero and in 2012 he was made a member of the Order of Australia for service to the international community, particularly young people, as Founder and Director of the Blue Dragon Children's Foundation.

Los sistemas de alerta temprana son necesarios en comunidades propensas a inundaciones como Punchana, Perú

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 15:00

Por Inés Calderón

Perú, uno de los 13 países participantes en la reciente encuesta realizada por la Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM) con motivo de la  Consulta Regional para América Latina y el Caribe, camino a la Cumbre Mundial Humanitaria de 2016,  es uno de los países de la región altamente vulnerable a desastres naturales como terremotos, inundaciones y sequías.

Driven to Succeed

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 09:36

By Nir Kumar Bhandari and Durga Dahal, IOM Nepal

My name is Nir Kumar Bhandari from Birtamode, Jhapa. I am a driver by profession and have been serving the Bhutanese refugee population since 1991 when they first came here, both with an International Non-Government Organization from the UK and now with IOM.

Media update

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 02:20

BBC published a report based on IOM’s press release about the bodies of migrants found in the Sahara desert in Niger. IOM’s Giuseppe Loprete was quoted in RTL in an article on how Niger found itself in the middle of a migrant crisis. Loprete said that what we see happening in the Mediterranean can be a small part “of the iceberg.” 

The Never-Ending Journey

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 01:28

By T. Craig Murphy, IOM-Kenya and Dayib Askar, IOM-Somalia

Fathia Mubarik is a 21 year-old Somali refugee who was born in Hargeisa, Somaliland.  In 2012, she was granted prima-facie refugee status in Yemen as a Somali national.  At the end of May 2015, Fathia decided to escape from Yemen and return to the country she fled.  She was single when she left Hargeisa two years ago. She returned with a disabled daughter and having lost contact with her husband, a Yemeni national who disappeared at the start of the Yemen Crisis in late March 2015.

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