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VIII International Scientific and Practical Conference “New trends and consequences of migration in terms geopolitical and economic crises”


On 31 October 2016 the VIII International Scientific and Practical Conference “New trends and consequences of migration in terms of geopolitical and economic crises” was held in Moscow. The event was organized by the Institute of Socio- Political Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the Institute of European Studies and Vietnamese Academy Science in the framework of the project “Migration bridges in Eurasia”.


The main subject of the discussion during the conference was devoted to the issues of international migration in the new economic and geopolitical architecture of international relations; the impact of migration on demographic and socio-economic development of the sending and receiving countries; as well as the refugee crisis.


Russian and foreign experts from more than 30 countries took part in the event and delivered their presentations in four thematic sections within the conference: “Migration and crises in modern world: tendencies, consequences and responses of the states”; “Labour migration in Russia and foreign countries: new trends and guidelines of migration policy”; “Integration of migrants: Russian and international experience”; “Educational migration: new strategies and state policy”.


Representative of IOM Moscow took part in the event as well and delivered a presentation on migration issues in the Agenda for sustainable development for the period up to 2030, adopted by the UN Members, the New York Declaration on the results of the UN General Assembly Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016.


Upon the results of the conference, the materials on main migration issues with practical recommendations for enhancement of migration management and coordination among authorities in sending and receiving migrant countries were developed and printed out.



International conference "Migration in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Modern challenges, experience and innovation” in Kazan


An international conference "Migration in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Modern challenges, experience and innovation” was held in Kazan on 26-27 September 2016, on the initiative of the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, the State Council of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare, the Ombudsman in the Republic of Tatarstan, Autonomous Charitable Non-profit Organization "New Century" and "AIDS Infoshare" Foundation.



The representative of IOM Moscow participated in the conference and presented an overview of the migration situation in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA), as well as spoke about the IOM's experience in combating human trafficking in the region. In total, the conference was attended by over 300 people from 9 countries.


The participants of the Conference noted that migration is becoming more dynamic and make significate impact on economic development. Equal competitive conditions for the movement and access to the labor market of migrants from the Member States of Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) are provided within the framework of EEU. The previous experience within the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and now EEU proves the effectiveness of migration management processes in the framework of regional cooperation.


Speakers noted the importance of a coordinated and comprehensive approach in the issues of international migration, the need for further coordinated action between the states receiving migrants and the countries of departure in order to ensure a safe and orderly migration process, observing human rights and minimizing social risks, and to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth of both sides.


The participants of the Conference supported the proposals of the Russian program of technical assistance to countries in the EECA region against HIV / AIDS and other infectious diseases, implemented in cooperation with Rospotrebnadzor, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS and the Foundation "AIDS Infoshare" in the areas of health and provision of sanitary and epidemiological welfare.


The participants expressed their commitment to achieving the goals of the Agenda for sustainable development for the period up to 2030, adopted by the UN Member States in ensuring "safe, regular and orderly" migration, the New York Declaration on the results of the UN General Assembly Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016 and the sustainable development concept in the EECA region. It was emphasized that the new challenges of international migration necessitate a rapid response and identification of priorities of the migration policy, the need for humanitarian approaches, respect for human rights and overcoming xenophobia in the field of migration.



Conference “Migration Crisis: International Cooperation and National Strategies”


On 22-23 September 2016 IOM Moscow took part in the international conference: “Migration crisis: international cooperation and national strategies”, organized by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) and the Russian Federation Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). IOM Moscow representatives delivered a presentation: “Regional overview and policies related to Trafficking in persons” and shared information on the main flows and trends in Trafficking in Persons in the SEECA region (Central Asia, South Caucasus, Western Balkans, Eastern Europe). Additional focus was made on the regional dialog and IOM-CSTO cooperation in combating of trafficking in persons and direct assistance to migrants in need. The conference was attended by more than 100 leading Russian and foreign experts on migration, human capital and security, representatives of the relevant Russian state structures, non-governmental and international organizations.



Cooperation with Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration


On 21, 22 September 2016 IOM Moscow representatives delivered two training sessions for the participants of the governmental advanced learning course "State management of migration process", organized by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). The course was aimed at improvement of skills and knowledge of the relevant governmental stakeholders. IOM trainings sessions were devoted to the international legal framework in the area of migration management and combating of human trafficking, as well as international experience in managing of migration process & development of migration policy. As a result, 34 participants were trained and received state-recognized certificates upon completion of the whole course.



Counter-Trafficking Training for Medical Staff


On 20 July 2016 IOM Moscow conducted a specialized training for representatives of the network of Moscow clinics – health care service providers working with migrants, including victims of trafficking. The training sessions included an update information on legal aspects of migrants’ and victims’ of human trafficking access to health care services in the Russian Federation (with special focus on the Eurasian Economic Union member-states), enhancement of procedures for tuberculosis detection among migrants, including victims of human trafficking, and joint efforts on enhancement and maintaining sustainability of a mechanism of referral on the territory of Russia.



Counter-Trafficking Training


On 12 May IOM Moscow jointly with “Safe House” Foundation organized the second training event on the specifics of work with victims of human trafficking for the representatives of the ROC Crisis Center for women “Kitezh”. This time the first part of the training was devoted to the psycho-social specifics of vulnerable groups: psychosocial traumas, social issues and consequences the victims of human trafficking might have.


The second part of the training was devoted to the evaluation of risks of “burn out” syndrome experienced by psychologists and social workers and included practical exercises and tests on determination of the participants own burn-out level, personal needs, motivation level and understanding the resources for effective work with the persons in need.


During the training sessions the participants received useful information and answers to the issues of providing direct assistance to beneficiaries of the Center and expressed their interest in participating in further psychological trainings.



Counter-Trafficking Training


On 20 April IOM Moscow conducted a training seminar for the staff of the ROC Crisis Center for women "Kitezh". The center provides different types of assistance to women, including women with children in a crisis situation.


The topic of the training was “The specifics of work with victims of human trafficking. Provision of social, psychological and reintegration assistance to victims of trafficking”.


During the training the participants learnt about the phenomena of trafficking of human beings, received information about identification and referral of VoTs, assisted voluntary return and reintegration of victims of trafficking, including the main difficulties connected with the return to native region, the risks of re-trafficking and monitoring of cases.



Presentation of IOM Moscow human trafficking movie


Presentation of IOM human trafficking movie was held on 14 April within the International film festival “8 women”, dedicated to work of female movie makers, and organized by the Russian Union of Journalists and Gilde of Movie Makers.


The main goal of this special event, which took place on 14 April, was to reach out to a broader public and to raise awareness about profound danger of the human trafficking amongst the Russian society.


"4 women", a documentary film, directed by Anna Slavina, and supported by IOM Moscow, deals with the often unspeakable realities of human trafficking and modern slavery. The heroines of the movie came to Russia with the purpose to work but found themselves in the situation of modern slaver. After being rescued and going through the programme of rehabilitation, they decided to share their stories with the audience.


The 22 minute movie screening was followed by the discussion with the audiences. The special attention was brought to the issue of supporting of shelters facilities for victims of trafficking of human beings and the necessity to further develop of more complex referral mechanism. The audience demonstrated the real interest to the issue of prevention of human trafficking and actively participated in the discussion.


The necessity of maintaining visibility of the human trafficking agenda at the large scale was highly supported by guests and organizers of the festival.



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