IOM in Belarus
Cooperation with IOM remains one of the priorities for the Republic of Belarus. The country has actively participated IOM’s activities since 1994. The Agreement on cooperation between the Government of Belarus and IOM was ratified in 1999. On 29 November 2005 during the 90th Session of the IOM Council the Republic of Belarus became a full-fledged member of IOM.
IOM office in Belarus was opened in December 1996 in Minsk. Over the years IOM Minsk has significantly intensified its activities in Belarus focusing on the implementation of projects in such spheres as combating trafficking in persons, integrated border management, development of cross-border cooperation, and the improvement of the national legislative framework in the field of migration.
Within its counter-trafficking project IOM provides reintegration and medical assistance, psychological and financial support to the victims of human trafficking, and pays for legal services and training in specialized courses. Moreover, IOM is also the main initiator and co-organizer of major international conferences in Minsk that are dedicated to combating trafficking in human beings and irregular migration.
With IOM’s financial support in 2007 the International Training Center on Migration and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings was established. The Center regularly hosts a large number of trainings for national and international migration and law-enforcement agencies with reputable foreign experts acting as trainers.
In 2008 IOM signed a Memorandum of Understanding and a respective Action Plan with the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The signing of this document opened new possibilities for the implementation of migration initiatives on the territory of CIS.
Vsit the IOM Belarus website for more information.
Updated: February 2016
Facts and Figures: February 2016