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04 May 2018

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IOM is supporting the relocation of Venezuelans in Brazil. Photo: IOM

UN Migration Agency Supports Latest Relocation of Venezuelans in Brazil

Posted on Fri. May 4, 2018​​

Boa Vista – IOM, the UN Migration Agency is today (04/05) supporting the relocation of 236 Venezuelans from the city of Boa Vista in the State of Roraima on the border with Venezuela, to the cities of Manaus and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

This is the second group to be relocated under the Relocation Strategy led by the Government of Brazil and supported by IOM and other UN Agencies including UNHCR and UNFPA. The initiative seeks to help Venezuelans find opportunities in other Brazil cities.

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Manfred Profazi, IOM’s Senior Regional Adviser for Europe and Central Asia.

'Promote Mobility and Protect Migrants' – IOM Statement to OSCE Permanent Council

Posted on Fri. May 4, 2018​​

Vienna – IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, has renewed its call for the protection of the rights of all people on the move, through a global compact for migration which will shape the migration agenda for decades to come.

The call was made at yesterday’s (03/05) session of the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the Austrian capital, Vienna.

Manfred Profazi, IOM’s Senior Regional Adviser for Europe and Central Asia, representing the Director General, said it was time for a unified effort to build cooperation and consensus around migration issues.

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