Road safety concerns everyone and it is the most serious level of risk faced by IOM staff. Vehicle accidents remain the leading cause of occupational death and injury to personnel throughout IOM missions. With the dramatic changes in security – especially involving the movement of staff by land transport, road safety has become a serious concern. IOM operates in increasingly insecure environments and with the threat from terrorism and organized crime at a global high, more colleagues than ever before are either directly or indirectly exposed to a wider range of risks when on the road.
Moldova, a country with a 3.5 million population in Eastern Europe, is one of the main sources of labour migrants in the region, with one-fourth of its economically active population working abroad.
Don Modesto's face lights up in a special way when he speaks of his beloved Nicaragua. This seems to happen to most migrants when fond memories of loved ones, places, and even smells of their country of origin creep up. But eventually they come back to reality and to the fact that they decided to migrate in search of better economic opportunities.