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.
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.
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.
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.
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.