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10th European #Anti-Trafficking Day

The 18th of October 2016, marks the 10th European #Anti-Trafficking Day. On this occasion, the European Commission has called upon its member states to reinvigorate joint efforts across Europe in order to eradicate trafficking in human beings.

Consular event for Accredited Consuls in Luxembourg

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.

UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants 19.09.16

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.

Info sessions with IOM Afghanistan

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.

#UN4RefugeesMigrants website online

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.

Fatal Journeys Volume 2: Identification and tracing of dead and missing migrants

IOM reports in the latest edition of its publication Fatal Journeys Volume 2: Identification and tracing of dead and missing migrants that over 60,000 migrants are estimated to have died or gone missing on sea and land routes worldwide since 1996.

Sceening of the movie "Fuocoammare" by Gianfranco Rosi

On 21 June, IOM co-hosted the Belgian premiere of the movie‪ Fuocoammare‬ (Fire at Sea) at Ciné-ONU in Brussels. In this movie, director Gianfranco Rosi turns his attention to the Sicilian island of ‪#Lampedusa‬ and the effects of the ongoing ‪#migrant‬ crisis on its community. The movie won the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.

Migrants' stories on the move!

On May 29th, a team of sporty colleagues of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations - UNRIC joined forces for the third consecutive time to compete in the 20km of Brussels, bringing the #iamamigrant campaign to the attention in this years’ edition.

Migration in the 21st Century: reflections and prospects for 2050.

The Director General of IOM, Ambassador William Lacy Swing, participated in the conference "Migration in the 21st Century: reflections and prospects for 2050”, which took place at the Palais d'Egmont in Brussels on 17 May 2016.

This conference, organized by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, coincides with the celebration of the 65th anniversary of IOM and the Belgian presidency of the IOM Council.

IOM & UN at the 20 km of Brussels

Brussels - This year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Country Office for Belgium and Luxembourg is again setting up an international team to participate in the 20 Km of Brusse