International Migration and Development Initiative Aims to Make Global Mobility a Catalyst for Development
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is today
presenting at the UN High-Level Dialogue on International Migration
and Development (HLD) a multi-agency evolving concept aimed at
taking concrete steps to tackle today's complex multidirectional
labour migration flows to ensure they successfully contribute to
development of home and host countries.
The International Migration and Development Initiative (IMDI) aims
to create synergies between governments, agencies with an interest
The significant and vital role of migrant women in migration and
development today must be addressed at the UN's High Level Dialogue
on International Migration and Development if appropriate ways and
means to maximize migration's development benefits are to be
At the Dialogue, taking place at the United Nations in New York
on 14-15 September, the subject of migration and development will
be addressed for the first time at such a high level.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN
Regional Commissions New York Office will co-host a panel
discussion on "The Regional Dimension of International Migration
& Development" on 13 September 2006, between 3.00-5.30 pm, in
the Trusteeship Council Chamber at UN Headquarters.
Consensus at the UNs High Level Dialogue on International
Migration and Development later this week on major opportunities
and challenges posed by migration could pave the way for much
needed action to dramatically improve the positive effects of
migration on development said the International Organization for
Migration (IOM) today.
The Dialogue, to take place at the United Nations in New York on
14-15 September, will be the first time the subject of migration
Overcoming difficulties caused by fresh bombings of key
infrastructure in Lebanon, the International Organization for
Migration (IOM) successfully brought home a third group of
Filipinos from the conflict-affected region today.
The third IOM-chartered flight arrived in Manila around 7 a.m.
carrying 445 passengers from the Syrian capital, Damascus, where
the group had been taken following their evacuation from
IOM's evacuation of foreign nationals from Beirut to Syria resumed
this weekend with operations staff expecting to move over 750
people a day through Friday unless security deteriorates further.
The evacuees, who will include Filipinos, Sri Lankans, Ethiopians,
Bangladeshis and Nepalis, will follow over 4,300 foreign nationals
already evacuated from Beirut and returned to their home countries
on IOM charter and commercial flights from Damascus since July
The first group of Filipino migrants to be evacuated by the
International Organization for Migration following the ongoing
conflict in Lebanon arrived in Manila today.
The group of 450 had been flown home by IOM from the Syrian
capital, Damascus, after initially being evacuated from Lebanon in
land convoys on 30-31 July.
With the humanitarian crisis in southern Lebanon worsening, IOM is
establishing a presence in southern Lebanon in order to facilitate
access to both internally displaced people (IDPs) and to migrants
still unable to flee the conflict.
Access to vulnerable groups in southern Lebanon remains the key
issue in current humanitarian activities in the country. There are
an estimated 900,000 IDPs in Lebanon, most of them originating in
the south, and a still unclear number of stranded migrants who want
With thousands of stranded migrants from developing countries still
stranded in Lebanon, IOM is stepping up its efforts to evacuate as
many people as possible.
The first IOM convoy of Sri Lankan nationals being evacuated from
Lebanon has left Beirut today for the Syrian capital, Damascus.
About 120 Sri Lankans out of 300 registered for urgent evacuation
boarded three buses at the Sri Lankan embassy in the Lebanese
capital. The buses, escorted by IOM staff, are expected to cross
the border with Syria later today where they will be met by IOM
staff from Damascus including a medical doctor.
Another convoy of IOM-chartered buses is scheduled to transport the