The government of Mozambique, in collaboration with IOM and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat will host a regional Ministerial Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA) Conference on 10-11 July, 2013 in Maputo.
The meeting will bring together Interior Ministers and senior officials responsible for home affairs and labour from SADC countries to discuss how SADC member states can comprehensively address labour migration and migration management in the region.
IOM South Africa, in partnership with Wits University Africa Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS), and with support from USAID/ PEPFAR, hosted a national dialogue to discuss progress made in addressing the health and well-being of migrants, mobile populations and communities affected by migration in South Africa.
The dialogue, which was held in Pretoria on the 23rd of April 2013, reviewed the recommendations from a 2010 National Consultation, looking at what has been implemented, what challenges were encountered, and some of the lessons learnt.
IOM South Africa and the Resettlement Support Centre Africa (RSC Africa) based in Nairobi hosted cultural orientations for refugees accepted for settlement to the United States (US) from the 19th of March to the 10th of May in Pretoria, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban.
The cultural orientations, conducted by RSC Africa trainers from Nairobi are aimed at providing factual information and essential skills to enable refugees to have a positive resettlement experience as well as develop realistic expectations about the US.
IOM South Africa in partnership with the City of Johannesburg and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) launched the ‘I AM A MIGRANT TOO’ poetry book to celebrate International Migrants Day on Friday 14 December 2012 at Uncle Tom Hall in Soweto, South Africa.
This event marked the end of the month long ‘I AM A MIGRANT TOO’ campaign launched at the beginning of November 2012. The campaign was aimed sensitising the South African public that migrants are an integral part of society; in fact, we are all either migrants or we are related to migrants.
Regional partners addressing migration and health challenges in Southern Africa convened in Pretoria, South Africa on the 27th of February.
The meeting sought to agree on the Terms of Reference for the Regional Migration and Health Partnership Forum, review the initial findings of a mapping exercise of regionally responses to migration and health in Southern Africa and discuss priority areas such as cross border referral and the SADC Declaration on TB in the Mining Sector.
IOM South Africa signed a memorandum of understanding with the Vhembe District Municipality and Vhembe District Department of Health on the 26th of February 2013.
The MOU articulates IOM’s contribution to the district’s efforts to harness the benefits of migration and address specific health concerns including but not limited to HIV, TB and Malaria; ensure optimal and effective utilisation of resources; and ensure that a wide scope of areas is covered with a greater impact in the implementation of HIV, TB and HIV prevention and care programmes.
IOM South Africa facilitated convening the Cross Border Migration Management Stakeholder Forum between Zimbabwe and South Africa on the 20th February 2013 at the border town of Musina.
The bi-monthly forum established in February 2012 and co-chaired by the Zimbabwe Department of Immigration and Control and the South Africa Department of Home Affairs Immigration Service brings together Departments of Social Development and Law Enforcement Agencies to engage in seeking sustainable solutions to irregular migration challenges between the two countries.
The Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy (ARESTA) and IOM hosted a soccer tournament aimed at building and strengthening communities of diversity and peace in Brown’s Farm in Philippi, Cape Town on the 19th of January 2013.
The soccer tournament brought together teams made up of locals and foreign nationals from the greater community of Philippi who competed for the ultimate prize of being local champions of peace and diversity.
Migrant workers hit by crises need comprehensive, long term help, says IOM on International Migrants Day, 2012
The evacuation of more than 200,000 migrant workers from Libya in 2011 focused world attention on the plight of tens of thousands of migrant workers, mainly from low-income, developing countries, who found themselves swept up by the political upheaval, without money, jobs, documentation or any means of getting home to their families.
IOM will launch a project aimed at addressing heath vulnerabilities of 20,000 migrant mine‐workers, their families and affected communities in southern Africa on 1st December 2012.
The EUR 4.9 million project – Partnership on Health and Mobility in the Mining Sector of Southern Africa – will be funded by the Minister of Foreign Trade and International Cooperation of the Netherlands and will run through December 2015.