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Global Experts Meeting on Migration in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

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IOM signs MoU with German Embassy for Document Verification

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IOM continues to expand Migration Health Department

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Raising Migration Awareness through Street Theatre all over Bangladesh.

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Comprehensive Service Delivery for vulnerable population of Cox’s Bazar

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National Consultation on Human Trafficking and Smuggling through the South East region of Bangladesh, December 9th, 2014

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OPENING OF CAFÉ JOYEETA

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New address of Migration Health Assessment Clinic - IOM MHAC

IOM Global

An inter governmental organization established in 1951, IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

  • Membership increased from 67 States in 1998 to 157 States in 2014 and continues to grow
  • IOM offices in more than 150 countries
  • Field Location increased from 119 in 1998 to more than 481
  • Active Projects increased from 686 in 1998 to more than 2,396 in 204
  • Operational Staff increased from approximately 1,100 in 1998 to more than 9,000 almost entirely in the Filed
  • Total expenditure increased from USD 242.2 million in 1998 to USD 2039 million in 2014
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Joint Programme Launch of ‘Mainstreaming Migration into National Development Strategies’

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh, organized the launch of the 2nd phase of the ‘Global Joint Programme on Mainstreaming Migration into National Development Strategies' at the Hotel Purbani in Dhaka on the 17th of April, 2014. The global programme is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and jointly implemented by IOM-UNDP.

 

The launch of the project was attended by Special guests, Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Dr. KhondakerShawkat Hossain, Secretary, Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Dr. Derek Mueller, Head of Cooperation, Swiss Agency of Development and Cooperation, Ms. Pauline Tamesis, Country Director UNDP and Mr. Sarat Dash, Chief of Mission IOM, amongst others.

 

In her inaugurating speech the country director of UNDP Bangladesh said-"Both internal and external migration are instrumental for the countries development and should be given equal importance to be addressed. "

 

The head of cooperation for Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Dr. Mueller highlighted the importance of the first phase of the project in determining the role of various stakeholders. He expressed his hope that the second phase would be successful in achieving the programme objective

 

Speaking  on the occasion Mr. Sarat Dash gave an overview of the Mainstreaming Migration Project highlighting its achievement during the pilot phase in the four countries it was implemented (Bangladesh, Jamaica, Moldova and Tunisia).The formation of an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Migration and Development and various Technical Groups and the endorsement of a national action plan to incorporate migration into the national development agenda were acknowledged as some of the major achievements of the project's pilot phase. He also highlighted some of the key activities that would be implemented in the second phase of the programme . Mr. Riaz Hamidullah Director General (Economic Affairs) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave an overview of the functions of the Inter Ministerial Committees and Technical Working Groups. Speaking on the way forward the Honorable Foreign Secretary Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque and Honorable Secretary for Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Dr. KhondakerShowkat Hossain, highlighted some of the upcoming challenges in implementation of the project and elucidated on some of the key steps from the Government of Bangladesh to support the project implementation. In his address Dr. Khondokar Hossain highlighted the need for a forum which brings together the expertise from both the government and non-governmental sector to address the ever changing nature of challenges in the field of migration. Dr. Hossain also stressed the importance of focusing on both internal and external migration which may be voluntary or involuntary in nature to effectively address the emerging challenges in the field.



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