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SADC Member States to Strengthen Efforts to Address Mixed and Irregular Migration Flows in the Region

Lilongwe, Malawi: Senior Government officials from SADC member states have concluded a three-day regional technical Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA) Conference at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, Malawi, on 2 July 2014. The conference was aimed at taking stock of actions undertaken at national and regional level to address mixed and irregular migration, reflect current trends in the region and share best practices among member states and other regional partners.

SADC Member States Discuss Mixed and Irregular Migration Challenges

IOM’s Regional Office for Southern Africa, in partnership with the Government of Malawi, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat, UNHCR and UNODC will host a regional technical Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA) conference from 30 June – 2 July 2014 in Lilongwe, Malawi.

IOM Strategy Responds to Complex Migration Challenges in Southern Africa

Southern Africa experiences all types of movements such as mixed and irregular migration, labour migration and forced migration, including displacement due to conflict and natural disasters. These migration flows involve over four million economically active persons, and an additional unspecified number of undocumented migrants, including many vulnerable populations such as women and children.

IOM Trains Lesotho Officials on Diaspora Engagement

IOM conducted a two-day diaspora engagement training for Lesotho government officials and partners from 27th to 28th May 2014 in Maseru, Lesotho. The training was opened by Lesotho Minister of Home Affairs Joang Molapo. 

This training was aimed at cultivating strong diaspora engagement and management knowledge for participants to ensure smooth implementation of a recently launched project: “Mobilizing Medical Diaspora Resources for Lesotho”.

Celebration of African Unity: IOM Launches Music Video to Promote Social Cohesion in South Africa

Music and dance are among the ancient forms of art that have flourished for many centuries in Africa. Music entertains, educates, soothes and unites. We all have that one song that moves us too deeply and leaves us almost in tears when we listen to it. That is the power of music, the right combination of lyrics, rhythm and instruments can inspire change and shape society. This makes music one of the perfect ingredients for social change in our communities.

IOM and UNHCR Announce a Writing Competition to Highlight the Positive Contributions of Refugees/Migrants in South Africa

To mark this year’s World Refugee Day the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), jointly with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), invites all young writers between the ages of 16 to 30, residing in South Africa, to enter a writing competition telling a refugee/migrant story. The contest titled “Shared Wishes, Shared Dreams” aims to promote the positive contributions of refugees and migrants in South African communities.

IOM Supports Cross Border Campaign to Eliminate Malaria in Southern Africa

Malaria is a major global public health problem affecting over 109 countries globally and ranked as the fifth cause of deaths among communicable diseases worldwide. Because of increasing internal and cross-border movements of people, Southern Africa is one of the world’s high-risk malaria zones
IOM is backing a cross border and regional campaign to reduce and eliminate malaria transmission in targeted border districts within the southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region.

Migrants Rights are Human Rights

The International Organization of Migration (IOM) joined the Forced Migration Working Group and the rest of South Africa to celebrate Human Rights day on Friday 21 March in Johannesburg.

21 March is observed nationwide as a Human Rights Day every year in South Africa. Human rights are indisputable fundamental rights every person is inherently entitled to because they are a human being.

IOM Conducts TB Screening for Migrants Travelling to the United Kingdom

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Tuberculosis Report 2013, 8.6 million people fell ill with TB in 2012, including 1.1 million cases among people living with HIV. People from selected countries as defined by the WHO, who are applying for a United Kingdom (UK) visa for a stay longer than 6 months for the purposes of education, employment, etc. are required to undergo tuberculosis (TB) screening in order to be issued a certificate demonstrating that they are free from the disease.

Women Migrants Must Not Be Left Behind

International Women’s Day (8 March) Opinion Piece by IOM Director General, Ambassador William Lacy Swing

ONE of the most significant recent trends in migration has been the rise in the number of women using dangerous migration routes previously mainly used by men.

More and more women, fleeing hardship, violence, war and poverty, are now taking the same desperate risks as men in search of a better life for themselves and their children. This is desperation migration.