An intergovernmental organization established in 1951, IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society
The UN General Assembly hosts on September 19th a high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach. This is the first time the General Assembly has called for a summit at the Heads of State and Government level on large movements of refugees and migrants and it is a historic opportunity to come up with a blueprint for a better international response. Member states signed the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants which expresses the political will of world leaders to save lives, protect rights and share responsibility on a global scale. IOM officialy entered the UN system as "UN related organization" at the summit. More information is available at refugeesmigrants.un.org
IOM International Organization for Migration Prague & Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague (Geographic Migration Centre) organized for one hundred students (both graduate and undergraduate) as well as young professionals from more than 50 countries the 8th international Summers School on Migration Studies. The program was held from 4th to 10th September 2016 in Prague.
"Let your Light Shine"
We have seen some dark days in our world this year. In 2015 we have seen acts of sickening violence, the fury of nature, and – perhaps most poignant of all – the corpse of the baby boy, Aylan Kurdi, face-down on a Mediterranean beach. But while the world is full of darkness, it is not surprising that so many cultures have created festivals of light. Hindus recently celebrated Diwali, and last month was Loy Krathong in Southeast Asia, where candles were afloat to give thanks. Soon it will be the holiday season for much of the Western world. Lights are already twinkling everywhere, from Central Park to Bondi Beach. In Ireland, a nation which fled poverty, war and famine, there is a tradition of placing a candle in the window during the holiday season, to remember the emigrants who now live far away. It is ironic that this tradition is now so apt, as families from the Middle East still seeking a safe haven.
IOM International Organization for Migration in Prague would like to invite you for a seminar with the topic of Migration and Development which will be held on 15 October 2015 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Migration and its challenges will be presented by the Head of IOM Prague Office Ms. Lucie Sládková. Migration and development issues will be raised by the representatives of the United Nations Information Officer Mr. Michal Broža and the Director of the Czech Development Agency Mr. Michal Kaplan. Different approaches to migration and development policy and practice will be discussed by Ms. Sandra Paola Alvarez, Migration and Development Specialist at the International Organization for Migration Headquarters in Geneva.
Afternoon session will be opened by the academic approach of Mr. Robert Stojanov in view of the current migration flow to Europe. The experiences of the Republic of Moldova in this domain will be presented by Ms. Angela Stafii, from Bureau for Diaspora Relations, Government of the Republic of Moldova.
The seminar is designed for policy makers and practitioners, civil society, private sector representatives and academics interested in migration and development issues.
The Summer School on Migration 2015 was held in cooperation with the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice from 17-22 August. The program was designed for students (both graduate and undergraduate) as well as young professionals in migration field from abroad with various professional and personal backgrounds. The program was based on the multidisciplinary approach and offered a combination of theoretical lectures and examples of good practice presented by local and international academics, activists, representatives of NGOs, but also governmental and intergovernmental organizations (IOM, Czech Development Agency, Ministry of Interior, etc.). J.C. Mutchler from University of Arizona, Anna Platonova from IOM Brussels, Salim Murad from EMMIR, Dusan Drbohlav from the Charles University Prague, Michal Vašečka from Masaryk University in Brno, Jiří Pehe from NYU Prague and many others.
The international project HEADSTART: FOSTERING INTEGRATION BEFORE DEPARTURE was developed in response to the need to implement an integration support measures to migrants before their departure, for example, by sharing information on admission regulations, migrants’ rights and responsibilities, as well as by offering language tuition or vocational training to foster labour market insertion and societal contacts upon arrival. In this regard, a clear need has emerged to consolidate the lessons learnt from existing practices by various actors, as well as to explore path-ways to a stronger link between pre-departure and post-arrival immigrant integration services. The project is managed by the IOM office in Budapest, Hungary, with the support of the IOM offices in the participating locations such as Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Slovakia.
IOM Prague started cooperation on new European project designed for youth migrants. This multi-stakeholder project is co-funded by the European Commission and implemented in cooperation with youth organizations and institutional partners in the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Romania and Spain. In the Czech Republic, the partners are Integration Center Prague, Municipal District Prague 14 and Municipal District Prague 3.
The ACCESS project aims to empower migrant youth to become politically active citizens on a local, national and EU-wide level and to be able to better contribute to the formulation of policies. Through peer reviews of policies and practices in ACCESS project countries, the project provides concrete advice and tools to policy-makers on involving young people ideas and concerns in decision-making.
In the context of this project, political participation of youth doesn’t only include participation in electoral processes but consists of a more comprehensive approach engaging all young people in the development, implementation and evaluation of all policies which affect them. Active political participation may entail taking part in e.g. local municipalities’ youth parliaments, lobbying, providing feedback to decision-makers and voluntary involvement such as neighbourhood committees and associations.
The project started on December 2013 and last until May 2015.
On International Migrants Day 2014, December 18, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing is calling for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and stop smugglers from exploiting their desperation to extort huge sums of money. IOM data shows that the number of migrants dying on dangerous journeys in the hope of finding better lives for themselves and their families, is rising.
The Summer School on Migration Studies 2014 was held in cooperation with the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice from 18-23 August.
Please send your CV in English together with motivation letter to HoO - Lucie Sladkova (email@example.com) and Erika Krkosova (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The iYouth final EU-wide seminar was held on 21 February 2013 in Brussels, Belgium.
The seminar brought together 75 participants from 24 EU Member States, representing youth, youth organisations, national youth councils/umbrellas, local/national as well as EU-level institutions' representatives, academics and other stakholders. For the Czech Republic, there were present 5 representatives from IOM Prague, META o.s., Czech Coundil of Children and Youth, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (department of youth) and migrant youth.
During the seminar, iYouth partners presented the project's findings and recommendations in terms of advancing youth integration and prevention of exclusion (including a range of practical examples of how youth organisations successfully engage with migrant youth), as well as concerning the application of peer review methodologies for assessing integration practices. In addition, the seminar enabled discussions on the opportunities for further empowering youth organisations and migrant youth themselves at EU, national, and local levels, and provided an opportunity for exchange of views and networking among youth integration stakeholders.
Seminar results and recommendations can be downloaded here: http://www.iyouth-project.eu/seminar .
Conference "Past, Presence and Future of IOM in Light of Migration Trends" is held on occasion of 60th anniversary of IOM in October on 24th 2011