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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.

UJ Students Collaborate with IOM on Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign

The School of Communication at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) is embarking on an integrated campaign, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which seeks to raise awareness on human trafficking in South Africa.

Sweden Backs IOM Plan to Reduce Health Vulnerability of Migrants in East and Southern Africa

IOM, with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), is launching a project aimed at reducing the health vulnerability of migrants and people affected by migration in East and Southern Africa.

The project, Partnership on Health and Mobility in East and Southern Africa Phase II (PHAMESA II), builds on the success of PHAMESA I and the Partnership on HIV and Mobility in Southern Africa (PHAMSA) implemented over the past decade.

More Partnerships And Smarter Policies Needed To End Deaths Of Migrants: Looking Towards Zero Tuberculosis Deaths In Southern Africa

Ambassador William Lacy Swing
Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Last October the world watched in horror when some 360 African migrants lost their lives within sight of land while attempting to reach the italian island of Lampedusa. Untold hundreds have perished on the journey from indonesia to Australia, or off the coast of Thailand.

IOM Releases #iamamigrant Song in South Africa

Uniting in song and dance, a group of some of South Africa’s popular musicians and personalities have teamed up with IOM to record a song on migration, Ubuntu and social cohesion to mark this year’s International Migrants day.

It’s Time to Take Action and Save Lives of Migrants Caught in Crisis

The International Organization for Migration warns today that unless the international community takes decisive action to address the causes of irregular migration, more migrant lives will be lost at the hands of people smugglers and traffickers.

Observing International Migrants Day (18 December) the Organization’s Director General, William Lacy Swing noted that 2013 may have been the costliest year on record in terms of lives lost, for migrants seeking to cross international borders clandestinely.

Mandela: An Inspirational Leader With Whom I had the Honor of Working

William Lacy Swing

Flying to South Africa for President Mandela’s funeral, it dawned on me during the long hours in the air that– quite coincidentally and somewhat ironically — it was 50 years ago, almost to the day, that I arrived in South Africa on my first diplomatic posting.

IOM’s Director General Joins World leaders Paying Tribute to Nelson Mandela

IOM today joins the global community in paying tribute to global icon, Nelson Mandela, with its Director General William Lacy Swing joining thousands of global dignitaries who have come to South Africa to pay last respects to the legendary South African leader.