World Day against Trafficking in Persons - 30 July


By Ambassador William Lacy Swing

When disaster strikes, the humanitarian community rushes to respond. We mobilize resources, activate response mechanisms, send doctors, search and rescue teams, logisticians, counsellors, engineers, equipment, tarpaulins, food, medicine and water. All the paraphernalia of an emergency response, swings into action, to conflict zones, natural calamities, or man-made disasters. 

IOM's Message for World Day against Trafficking in Persons

IOM Trains 15 Officials from MIA and PSDA on Presentational Skills

With European Union funding under the “More for More” project and at the request of the Ministry of Interior (MIA) and the Public Service Development Agency (PSDA) of the Ministry of Justice, IOM trained 15 officials in Presentational Skills from 7-9 and 21-23 July 2015 respectively. 

#MIGRANTHEROES Smartphone Film Competition!!!

The #MigrantHeroes Smartphone FilmCompetition is a new IOM initiative to collect films shot on smartphones that tell migrant stories from around the world. Selected films will compete for the 5th Olleh International Smartphone Film Festival (OISFF)’s special “Migrant Heroes Prize.” IOM is officially sponsoring the OISFF in 2015.

Deadline: 17 August, 13:00

IOM Trains State Prosecutors on Smuggling of Migrants

Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM’s Border Management Specialist Mark Richmond delivered a two day training course from 1 - 2 July 2015 at the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia (POG) in Tbilisi. State Prosecutors from locations across Georgia were present along with representatives of the Border Police, Patrol Police, Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Georgian Revenue Service. 

IOM Hosts Migration for Development Workshop in Tbilisi

On 30 June – 1 July 2015, jointly with the Office for the State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues and Public Service Development Agency, IOM organized a Migration for Development workshop in Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel in Tbilisi. IOM engaged participants in discussions on financial literacy and remittance services and on mainstreaming migration into national development plans.

IOM Trains 18 Officers from Georgia's Migration Department

Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM responded to a specific training request from the Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. With vast experience of managing centres in the Netherlands Greg Pidakos shared his knowledge in such matters as developing SOPs, conflict avoidance and increasing good communication between those working and staying in the centre.  

IOM Organizes Visit for MIA Operational Department Officials to Finland

Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM’s Border Management Specialist based in Tbilisi cooperated with the Finnish Border Guard (FBG) to enable four officials from the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Operational Technical Department (OTD) to visit Kainuu in central Finland from 15 - 18 June 2015.  

Search and Inspection Training for 25 Revenue Service Officers

1 – 5 June 2015

Under the EU-funded border management capacity building initiative, implemented by IOM, Polish expert Mr. Remigiusz Wozniak visited Georgia to deliver a five-day search and inspection training course for 25 specially selected Revenue Service (RS) officers.

Georgian Revenue Service Delegation Hosted in U.K.

Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM coordinated a visit to the U.K. from 26-29 May for senior officials from the Revenue Service of Georgia to gain practical exposure to the approach of the U.K. Border Force to risk analysis.