The Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States (IPA CIS) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed the Cooperation Agreement

A cooperation agreement between the Interparliamentary Assembly of Commonwealth of Independent States (IPA CIS) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed on 17 May 2012 by the Chairperson of the Council of the IPA CIS, Ms. Valentina Matvienko and the Director General of the IOM, Mr. William Lacy Swing, at the Tavricheskiy Palace, has laid the grounds for closer cooperation in the area of CIS migration policy development and harmonization of CIS legislation in accordance with international laws.

Study visit on biometrics to Great Britain for migration agencies in Russia, Moldova and Ukraine

On April 17 – 21, 2012 the International Organization for Migration jointly with the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) has organized a study visit to Great Britain on biometrics and readmission for representatives of the migration agencies of the Russian Federation, Moldova and Ukraine.
The main aim of the visit was to exchange experience and to establish a business connection with state authorities of Great Britain working in the field of migration, return, readmission and biometrics. Thus, in particular meetings with the UKBA representatives and with the officers from other units of the UKBA such as National Document Fraud Unit, Asylum screening Unit and etc. were held.

Roundtable “Economic Impact of Labour Migration in CIS States. Analysis and Perspectives” (St.Petersburg, CIS Interparliamentary Assembly)

On 10 April 2012 the roundtable “Economic Impact of Labour Migration in CIS States. Analysis and Perspectives” was conducted. The roundtable was organized by the Permanent Commission on Social Policy and Human Rights of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly in cooperation with IOM Moscow and the Center for Integration Studies at the Eurasian Bank for Development.
The goal of the roundtable was the discussion of main trends of migration policy of CIS states, in particular - harmonization of interests of CIS states in the area of employment and effective use of labour resources, development of conditions for labour migration; development of the CIS model legislation in the area of migration.

Monthly seminar for labour migrants

On 31 March 2012 traditional monthly seminar for labour migrants was conducted. The seminar was organized by the Trade Union of Labour Migrants. Within this event IOM Moscow Information Resource Center staff member provided participants with the information on combating TB spread among labour migrants and gave an overview of activities, implemented by the Info-Center in Moscow region.

“Raising Awareness on Situation with Migrants in St. Petersburg” Round Table for Journalists

On 27 March 2012 St. Petersburg Center for International Cooperation of the Red Cross organized a meeting at a round table for mass media representatives on migration situation in St. Petersburg. Results of several surveys in the sphere of labour migration were presented during the round table. The event was organized within the EU project aimed at protection of migrants’ rights and prevention of human trafficking, implemented by St. Petersburg Center for International Cooperation of the Red Cross - IOM Moscow partner in the Central Asia regional migration programme (CARMP).

Second meeting of the SIREADA Regional Steering Committee

On 20 March 2012 within the framework of the EU project «Support to Implementation of the EU Readmission Agreements with the Republic of Moldova, the Russian federation and Ukraine: Facilitation of Assisted Voluntary return and Reintegration (SIREADA)» the second meeting of the Regional Steering Committee was held in Chisinau.

Round-table “Medical and legal aspects of migration in Russia”

On February 22, 2012 representatives of IOM Moscow participated in the work of the round-table “Medical and legal aspects of migration in Russia”. The round-table was organized by the Commission on tolerance and liberty of conscience of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation jointly with the All-Russia public organization “Russian Red Cross”. Read more

Study-trip to London

On 14 -17 February 2012, IOM Moscow within the project “Preventing and Counter-Acting Trafficking in Human Beings in the Russian Federation” organized a study trip of Russia interagency delegation to London.
Representatives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Health and Social Development, Investigation Committee of the RF, Coordination Council of Prosecutors General of CIS member-states, Russian Advocates Guild and Moscow Patriarchy took part in the study visit.

Moscow Vacancy Fair for Foreign Citizens

On the 10th of February 2012 the Department of Labour and Employment of Moscow city Government in cooperation with IOM Moscow organized a second vacancy fair for foreign citizens, searching for jobs in Moscow. The vacancy fair was organized in the premises of Moscow Center for Labour Exchange. Holding of such fairs contribute to raising much interest of labour migrants to the vacancies offered by some Moscow enterprises. Among them there were: “ZIL” Plant, “Mospromstroy”, “Progress Service” group of companies, “Grabli” restaurant chain. The fair was attended by more then 70 migrants, in majority Tajik, Uzbek and Kyrgyz nationals.