An intergovernmental organization established in 1951, IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society
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 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.
The Summer School on Migration Studies 2014 was held in cooperation with the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice from 18-23 August.
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.
We invite you for the expert seminar on foreign experience in providing orientation courses to immigrants. The post-arrival courses in Germany and in Vienna will be presented by representatives from German BAMF and Viennese MA 17 department. Linkages between pre-arrival courses and post-arrival courses will be presented to us by the representative from Canada and by representatives of IOM Prague.
We wish to inform you that on 10.9.2013, IOM Prague moves its premises to a new address Argentinska 38, Praha 7 (building of former Mercuria, close to metro Nadrazi Holesovice).
We are looking forward to seeing you in our new premises!
For IOM Prague team
The Summer School on Migration and Integration will take place again in 2013 in cooperation with the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice. The dates of the Summer School will be from Sunday to Friday 1-6 September 2013.
Please find attached the invitation, program and information for the participants.
The participants fee for this year´s Summer School was set to be 2 300 CZK which is a price for 5 nights of accommodation at the students´ dormitory, 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches and a small fee for the program organization. For those participants from the Czech Republic who will not be in need of accommodation, the price is set to be 620 CZK.
The US expert shall be Mr. S. Romi Mukherjee who teaches at Sciences Po-Paris. Further distinguished lecturers shall be Mr. Dusan Drbohlav from the Charles University Prague, Mr. Michal Vašečka from Masaryk University in Brno, Mrs. Petra Ezzeddine from Charles University in Prague, Mr. Dmytro Vikhrov from CERGE etc. The praxis of EU policies shall be presented by invited guests from Austria (Municipality of Vienna department MA 17 for integration and diversity) and Portugal (ACIDI - High Commissioner for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue Portugal).
The Summer School is designed for Czech students, Czech young professionals from NGOs, state and local administration etc., and for a limited number of international students and young professionals.
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
IOM Prague published the Handbook of the Czech transformation experience in the field of migration management and the reintegration mechanisms in Russian language.
The Handbook was published thanks to the funding of the projects of Czech development cooperation implemented by IOM Prague for the Department of Asylum and Migration Policies of the Czech Ministry of Interior. The Handbook transforms the topics of the seminars and trainings organized by IOM Prague and IOM partner missions during the past years. The objective of this Handbook is to sustainably deliver the Czech transformation experience which is due to the historical links and context similar to the experience of the Republic of Moldova, countries of South Caucasus and Central Asia.
On December 5th, 2011 the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will reach a special milestone in its history: 60 years of assisting migrants worldwide in an ever changing environment and political and social context. The IOM 60th Anniversary website aims to inform you on our specific activities and initiatives linked to our Anniversary year that is devoted to the central motto “IOM—Migration for the Benefit of All”.
“In a world in which more people are on the move than at any other time in recorded history, the International Organization for Migration continues —after more than 60 years—to assist migrants and help build dialogue among nations to ensure orderly and humane responses to the challenges and opportunities presented by human mobility in the 21st Century.”
William Lacy Swing IOM Director General