IOM's Role in Resettlement
Resettled Refugees Start A New Chapter of Their Lives
Since conflict erupted in Syria in 2011, the International Organization for Migration in Lebanon has assisted more than 100,000 refugees to resettle to new countries around the world – offering new opportunities to refugees whose life, liberty, safety or health are at risk. Here are their stories.
A New Home - Resettling Syrian Refugees to Canada
At the end of 2015, the Government of Canada requested the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support the Prime Minister’s commitment to admit 25,000 Syrian refugees from the Middle East. IOM quickly deployed logistics and operational staff from around the globe to complete the humanitarian operation which spanned three-months from December 2015 through February 2016. IOM worked closely with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), other relevant government counterparts, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and various implementing partners to register, process and move refugees from Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. This photobook features the stories of Syrian refugees as they went through the resettlement process – from selection to reception.
What to Pack?
A COA facilitator conducting the activity “What to pack?”. Participants learn the differences between a hand baggage, a checked baggage, and personal items. Using laminated images of common items, they decide what they can pack and in which baggage to put it. This activity is typically done on the first day of the COA session.
The COA programme
Since its inception in 1998, over 264,000 individuals have benefited from the COA programme. COA is conducted in over 40 countries and 60 locations worldwide, annually.
COA training for Syrian Refugees
COA training being provided to Syrian refugees before their departure to Canada. Over the span of 100 days, beginning in November 2015, Canada resettled over 25,000 Syrian refugees. This massive concerted effort to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Syria was called ‘Operation Syrian Refugees’.
Drawings made by refugee children
Drawings made by refugee children in Jordan before their departure to Canada. Childminding is provided for children below the age of 13 years old to enable family members to attend a COA session.