Viet Nam's decision to apply for full IOM membership follows 20 years of cooperation with IOM and the establishment of IOM offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The country was previously an observer state.
IOM already works closely with Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Public Security and the Viet Nam Women's Union.
IOM projects in Viet Nam currently focus on migrant and mobile populations and address safe migration and mobility, including counter-trafficking, labour migration, public health and social services, and access to information.
According to IOM Vietnam Chief of Mission Andy Bruce, Vietnamese membership of IOM indicates a growing recognition on the part of the government of the importance of migration and the need to manage it through international cooperation. Vietnam also recently joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) and became a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
IOM membership also holds out the possibility of additional benefits in the areas of technical cooperation, access to seed funding only available to member states, and a higher political profile in global migration fora, he notes.
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