02 April 2012
IOM?s Regional Director for Eastern, South-Eastern Europe and Central Asia Ms. Renate Held conducted a familiarization visit to Ukraine on 25-30 March 2012. During the meetings with Ukrainian authorities, inter alia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Migration Service, the State Border Guard Service, the Ministry of Social Policy, and the Parliament, Ms. Held underlined the progress Ukraine has achieved in migration management. IOM?s Regional Director also assured the Ukrainian Government counterparts that IOM is ready to provide further support in the implementation of best international migration-related practices.
26 March 2012
The successive handover of the responsibility of full coverage of migrants? basic needs in detention from international organizations to the Governments of Moldova and Ukraine is planned by 1 September 2012. The provision of legal assistance to detained migrants within the framework of the SIREADA* project will be upheld until February 2013. Ukrainian and Moldovan migration management authorities renewed their commitment to ensure sustainability of best practices in migrant accommodation at the second SIREADA Regional Steering Committee in Chisinau, Moldova, on 20 March 2012.
22 March 2012
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is an important opportunity to remember the pernicious impact of racism. Racism undermines peace, security, justice and social progress. It is a violation of human rights that tears at individuals and rips apart the social fabric. As we mark this International Day under the theme of ?racism and conflict,? my thoughts are with the victims.