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Belgium and IOM Collaborate To Reduce High Costs of Money Transfers to Developing Countries

Brussels — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo joins forces with IOM, the UN Migration Agency, to build a comprehensive price comparison app for international money transfers (remittances). The collaboration between Belgium and IOM must provide users with objective information about the transfer rates. Today many providers offer remittances services at very high rates. This Saturday 16 June is the International Day of Family Remittances.

Calling All Filmmakers! UN Migration Agency Launches Call for Submissions to 2018 Global Migration Film Festival

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, begins casting a wide net this week to bring forth the talent behind one of the migration world’s enduring art forms: motion pictures. It’s all part of the UN Together campaign to promote diversity worldwide.

To select a compelling roster of films to be screened at IOM’s December 2018 Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF), the Geneva-based body is calling for submissions of Full-Length Feature and Short Films, in all genres: fiction, documentary, animation, etc.

"Global Conference on Cities and Migration"

On 16 and 17 November 2017 the Belgian government and the City of Mechelen hosted a “Global Conference on Cities and Migration”. It was held in Lamot Congress and Heritage Center in Mechelen.

20 Km of Brussels - UN Migration Team

Brussels - In collaboration with the United Nations Regional Information Center (UNRIC), the UN Migration Agency (International Organization for Migration – IOM) has set up for the 4th time a team, the UN Migration Team, to run&walk under the colours of the Together campaign at the

IOM Burkina Faso Opens New Boreholes in Béguédo

IOM Burkina Faso – in partnership with the governments of Italy and Belgium and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) – has opened two new boreholes in the rural commune of Béguédo, located in Bulgou province in Central-East Burkina Faso.

Global Migration Film Festival - Screening in Brussels

On 16 December 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) together with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and in partnership with Myria and Unia, organized a ‘Global Migration Film Festival’ screening in Brussels.

Voluntary Return Partner Meeting

On 13 December, IOM organized the annual partner meeting on ‘Voluntary Return’. This gathering is organized to inform the local partners on the trends and developments in the Voluntary Return programme. Additionally it is an opportunity for both partners and IOM to exchange ideas, thoughts and questions.

Annual Gathering with Embassies&Consulates

On 2 December, IOM and Fedasil have jointly organized the annual gathering with Embassies and Consulates at the Fedasil premises. The purpose of this gathering was to further enhance the existing collaboration with Embassies and Consulates within the frame of the Voluntary Return Programme from Belgium, supported by the Belgian Government since 1984 and currently managed by Fedasil.

It was a successful meeting with more than 37 participants and 28 countries represented.

'A day without migrants'

From 21 to 26 November 2016, IOM is launching a new global campaign called: ‘A day without migrants’. Supported by IOM Egypt and the IOM Development Fund, the campaign focuses on how a day without migrants would look like. Contrary to what some may believe, migrants do play a vital role in the global economy.

Exchange Visit with IOM Beijing on Measures to Address Return and Reintegration of Migrants Returned from the EU

From 22 to 25 October 2016, IOM Beijing conducted a study visit for high level Chinese officials to Belgium to exchange information on the return and reintegration of irregular migrants, as well as the characteristics of readmission agreements. The visit was carried out within the framework of the “EU-China Dialogue on Migration and Mobility Support Project”, funded by the Partnership Instrument of the EU and was preceded by a visit to the Netherlands and France.