A three-day training course organized by
IOM and the Austrian Ministry of Interior within the framework of
Austria's EU presidency, is beginning today in Vienna for law
enforcement authorities dealing with child trafficking.
An international conference bringing
together delegations from Europe, the Maghreb and Sub-Saharan
Africa opened yesterday in the Sicilian town of Pozzallo to discuss
common migration policies in the Western Mediterranean.
IOM Colombia and the Ricky Martin
Foundation, with funding from the Dutch Embassy in Bogotá,
have launched a counter trafficking information campaign to warn
potential Colombian migrants to be on the lookout for unscrupulous
The Deputy Director of Nicaragua's
Migration and Alien Affairs, Nidia Barboza, reported that a series
of irregularities were recently detected in migration procedures,
mainly during passport issuance or in the issuance of travel
Cooperation agreements have been signed
recently between IOM and the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, the National Institute of the Child and the Family and the
National Police and the Specialized Department for Children and
In a significant step towards the
consolidation of peace, security and community stabilization in one
of Asia's oldest trouble-spots, the Japanese government yesterday
contributed one billion yen (US$8.6 million) to IOM's programmes
IOM's Disarmament, Demobilization and
Reintegration (DDR) programme in Afghanistan has started to provide
direct agricultural help including seeds and fertilizers to more
than 500 former soldiers in the north of the country.
IOM and the Vietnam Women's Union have set
up a telephone hotline covering Kien Giang and three other border
provinces to warn potential labour migrants about human trafficking
along the Cambodian border.