“When we finally crossed the border and got into the bus, I wanted the driver to move as fast as possible and to never stop. I didn’t turn back to look at my country, not even for one last time,” says Sham Al Ahmad as she describes the moment she crossed from Syria to Jordan.
The Department of Migration Management and the ICT Division have successfully completed the rollout of the Project Information and Management Application (PRIMA) that facilitates the administration of the IOM Development Fund (IDF) and its projects, throughout their life cycles.
In 2015, more than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe sparking a crisis as countries struggled to cope with the influx. As the wave of people going through borders continue; conflicts in nearby Syria and violence in Afghanistan and Iraq remain as the biggest driver of migration in the region.
The ICT Division, in coordination with IOM thematic areas, are pursuing the development of a global mobile project called MigApp.
MigApp offers a central and user friendly, one-stop-shop application where migrants can log on to using their mobile phones to access readily available information and services relevant to their specific migration process.
As part of IOM Guatemala’s pilot programme, Migrants in Countries in Crisis Initiative, a special mobile application was developed and deployed for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to provide consular services and assistance to migrants in the event of a crisis. This cutting-edge software can be installed in cellphones and other mobile devices, and enables direct contact between migrants and Guatemalan consular agents.