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.
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.
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.
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.
On 22 and 23 September 2016, Representatives of the IOM Country Office for Belgium and Luxembourg attended the “Consular event for Accredited Consuls in Luxembourg". This event was an occasion for Consuls to deepen their knowledge on the realities linked to (im)migration in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, where national and local activities were presented and different stakeholders got the chance to meet and exchange as well as visit a reception centre.
On 19 September 2016 a historical Summit was held in the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Representatives of almost two hundred nations joined to discuss ‘Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants’, providing a single opportunity for the global community to forge a greater focus on managing the world’s movements of migrants and refugees.
During the week of 22 August, IOM Belgium and Luxembourg organized, in collaboration with Fedasil and IOM Afghanistan, several info sessions reaching out to Afghan asylum seekers in multiple Fedasil and Red Cross reception centers.
During this week, IOM Belgium and Luxembourg together with Masoud Ahmadi, AVRR Expert from IOM Afghanistan, visited nine different reception centers. In total, 253 Afghans participated directly to the info sessions.
The new UN website for Addressing Large movements of Refugees and Migrants is now online.
This website offers a comprehensive overview of all types of information concerning movement of Refugees and Migrants. Going from awareness campaigns to resolutions and conventions. Tools on the website are interactive (video’s, graphics, stories) and numerous.