“I believe we are naturally siblings, all related in some way; we are just victims of our unfortunate oppression history. We should take it upon ourselves to reunite and leave a lasting legacy for our children”
IOM and UNHCR Invite Artists to Design Posters Highlighting Positive Contributions of Migrants in South Africa
As part of the recently launched #IAMAMIGRANTTOO campaign, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is calling upon artists, young and old , to design posters aimed at promoting positive contributions of migrants and social cohesion between migrants, including refugees and asylum-seekers and host communities in South Africa.
Building on the success of the ‘I AM A MIGRANT TOO’ campaign in 2012, IOM, in partnership with the City of Johannesburg and UNHCR is launching a campaign aimed at raising awareness about the positive contributions of migrants in South Africa.
It is often difficult to discuss migration in times of crisis and high unemployment. Migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers, are often portrayed negatively in the press and are used as scapegoats for social and economic problems.
“Let’s Make the Dialogue a Success: We Owe it to the World’s Migrants,” says IOM at the Opening of the UN High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development
United States – As countries gather in New York for the 2nd UN High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD), IOM urges leaders to overcome differences and agree on concrete measures for global action on migration.
“We cannot afford to miss this opportunity,” says IOM’s Director General, Ambassador William Lacy Swing. “We have a chance to make a difference for millions of migrants and their families.”
From time immemorial, human beings have migrated in search of a better life. The factors driving migration are numerous and complex: many migrate in search of greater opportunities – to earn a better living, to live in a more agreeable environment or to join family or friends abroad. The most fundamental questions they must ask themselves, therefore, are whether they will be happier if they migrate and whether their life will be better than it is now.
The World Migration Report 2013: Migrant Well-Being and Development, launched this week by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva, presents for the first time a global picture of the well-being of migrants.
Drawing on the findings of a Gallup World Poll, which surveyed more than 25,000 migrants in over 150 countries, the report takes a fresh look at what life is really like for migrants in the world today, whether they migrate to and between rich countries in the North, or to and between poorer countries in the South.
August was Women’s month, a time when South Africa commemorated the day in 1956 when women from all races and walks of life marched to the Union Buildings against oppressive apartheid laws. Fast forward to 2013 we have to acknowledge that South Africa has made strides in installing the rights of all and especially women.
In today’s increasingly globalized and interconnected world in which more people migrate than ever before in human history, young migrants between 15 and 24 have become powerful agents of change and development. By mid-2010, the total number of migrant youth was estimated at 27 million, representing an eighth of the 214 million international migrants in the world today.
Young migrants, either alone or accompanied by family members, leave their homes for different reasons. Some leave in search of jobs, others to flee persecution.