UNHCR, UNICEF and IOM urge European states to boost education for refugee and migrant children
Key challenges include lack of school spaces, teachers not adequately trained, language barriers and limited access to psychosocial support
BRUSSELS/GENEVA - 11 September 2019 - Three UN agencies are calling on European States to increase resources and practical support for their school systems to ensure all refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant children can access and stay in quality education.
IOM Budapest organized the SUMIGRE multiplier event on 12 June 2019 for professionals working with migrants. After a short introduction to IOM’s work and the SUMIGRE project, IOM presented the E-Learning platform and the training curriculum for migrant-related educators. Among the participants were NGOs, international organizations, translators and also trainees who had already started to use the platform following a workshop held in May.
IOM has published a new edition of the IOM Glossary on Migration. Similarly to previous ones, this edition is an accessible collection of definitions of migration related terminology. It is designed for a broad range of persons engaging with migration at the international level. It also provides some insights on regional and national practices. This Glossary aims to provide a wide range of terms related to legal, theoretical or practical matters of migration.
The 6th and last transnational meeting of SUMIGRE - Supporting Professional Development of Migrant-related Educators, took place in Budapest between 20th and 21st of June 2019, where the partners were welcomed by IOM Budapest.
The E-Learning platform was developed within the framework of the SUMIGRE - Supporting Professional Development of Migrant-related Educators project, funded by ERASMUS+. In Hungary, the project is implemented by IOM Budapest. Other project partners are from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Turkey and the UK. The learning material is available in languages of the participating countries, thus also in Hungarian.
In February 2019, Ms. C. D. voluntarily returned to her country of origin with the assistance of IOM Budapest. To facilitate her transition into her country of origin, Ms. C. D. utilized the opportunity IOM Budapest offers through reintegration assistance. The project “Hungarian Voluntary Return, Reintegration and Information Program” implemented by IOM Budapest is funded by the European Union and the Ministry of Interior of Hungary. The project provides complex reintegration assistance to migrants who have returned to their country of origin.
On 13th May 2019, IOM Budapest held a workshop within the framework of project titled SUMIGRE - Supporting Professional Development of Migrant-related Educators, funded by ERASMUS+.
The workshop offered a step-by-step introduction of the “Migrant-Related Educators’ Training” portal and a review of the training modules to a small focus group pf potential end-users with the aim of collecting their feedback and recommendations.
IOM Budapest was pleased to contribute to a Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE) course on child trafficking in Hungary. This course was attended by aspiring social workers from ELTE’s Faculty of Social Science and was funded by UNICEF Hungary. To conclude the course, all students successfully passed the oral exam through a presentation of their outlines on awareness raising for children between 14-18 years of age who live in foster homes. We are confident that the students will be using their newly-gained knowledge during their compulsory field work in relevant facilities.
A successful family reunification was conducted last June with the assistance of IOM.
Dawit from Ethiopia, was excitedly waiting for the arrival of his family: his wife, sister and brother at Budapest Airport whom he hasn’t seen for three years.
A group of students from Clermont-Ferrand’s Law and Political Science School in France visited IOM Budapest on 28 February 2019. Topics such as IOM’s structure, operational mechanisms, global migration patterns, Global Compact for Migration and its objectives as well as current regional and country level projects were discussed during an interactive presentation session. The visiting students were given opportunity to engage in conversation with IOM colleagues with experience from the field.
IOM organized the kick-off coordination meeting of its new regional project titled, PROTECT - Preventing sexual and gender-based violence against migrants and strengthening support to victims in Budapest between 14-16 January 2019.
IOM Budapest took part in IOM’s Global Migration Film Festival by screening the movie “On the Same Boat”, which captures young migrants’ treacherous journeys through the Mediterranean.
Az IOM munkatársai a Ne hagyd! kampány kapcsán ezúttal Heves megye székhelyére, Egerbe látogatták el.
Az IOM Budapest munkatársai Budapest X. kerületének iskolájában több filmvetítést is tartottak a kampány keretében.
Az IOM Budapest munkatársai a Ne hagyd! kampány keretében Salgótarjánt követően Nógrád megye egy másik városába, Balassagyarmatra is ellátogattak.
Az IOM Budapest munkatársai a Ne hagyd! kampány keretében ezúttal Baranya megyébe látogattak.
Az IOM munkatársai a Ne hagyd! kampány kapcsán újra megkezdték a vidéki kitelepüléseket, ezúttal Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg megye különböző településeit látogatták meg.
The 2nd transnational meeting of the SUMIGRE project was held in Prague on 16-17 April 2018. The project's Czech partner, Schola Empirica hosted the meeting which focused mainly on the finalised draft of the 1st intellectual output of the project, the Migration Report. It will be accessible on the project website by the end of June, 2018.
The meeting focused mainly on the aims, objectives, project financing, project management & monitoring tools, the outputs, planned activities and the expected outcomes to understand the project background, the criteria which will ensure the success and understand the tasks and responsibilities etc.
Partners of the SUMIGRE project, including the representative of IOM Hungary, met in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands to evaluate the progress of their efforts.
IOM has launched a campaign to raise awareness and to prevent victimization through human trafficking in Hungary.
IOM Budapest, in cooperation with its partners, organized the last round of capacity building trainings for OIA professionals in Szeged and in Budapest.
Training session organized within the framework of IOM’s regional child protecton project for child protection professionals
IOM Budapest, in cooperation with the Office of Immigration and Asylum (OIA), the Cordelia Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and UNHCR, organized its seventh and last capacity building training session of the year within the framework of IOM’s regional child protecton project.
After almost 4 years apart three Cameroonian children, aged 10, 16 and 17, were reunited with their mother, Nina, who has been living in Hungary for 2 years now and was granted refugee status last year.
Global DTM profile published about the Year 2017 by IOM - UN Migration Agency.
IOM Budapest was invited to participate at Council of Europe’s Roundtable event on child-friendly information for children in migration
IOM Budapest was invited to participate at Council of Europe’s Roundtable event on child-friendly information for children in migration organized by the Children’s Rights Division in the framework Council of Europe Action plan on protecting refugee and migrant children (2017-2019) on 29-30 November in Strasbourg.
IOM Budapest, in cooperation with the Office of Immigration and Asylum (OIA), the Cordelia Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and UNHCR, organized the second round of capacity building trainings for OIA professionals in Szeged on the 23rd of November 2017.
IOM Budapest was invited to take part in a training session organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Mission to Skopje and the Law Enforcement School of Szeged for Macedonian border guard students and professors on the 22nd of November in Szeged
IOM Budapest and the International Diplomatic Student Association co-organize, in partnership with the United National Information Service (UNIS) Vienna, the screening of the movie “Lost in Lebanon”, as part of the Global Migration Film Festival.
Nadine, a Cameroonian mother of two was finally reunited with her children (aged 9 and 12) at Budapest Airport last week. They have not seen each other for 2 years: the kids lived in Cameroon, while their mom sought asylum in Hungary and was finally granted refugee status last year.
IOM and Menedék co-organized an event for various stakeholders
On 13 September, IOM Slovenia and IOM Budapest co-organized a regional child protection conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia
IOM Budapest has published a Snapshot with the most important highlights of Jan - June 2017.
The action reunited a four-member Ethiopian family of a mother and three children with their husband and father.
More than 300 people were interviewed by IOM Budapest staff in different migrants facilities in Hungary in order to get an overview of the composition of the migrants in the first half of the year.
Another training was organized around the topics of children’s rights and the vulnerabilities of migrant children - this time in Budapest.
IOM Budapest together with its partners organized another training on children's rights and vulnerabilities, this time for OIA professionals.
IOM Budapest together with its partners successfully conducted another family reunification to Hungary: after 3 long years of living apart, a mother of two was finally reunited with her children.
A training on children's rights and vulnerabilities was organized by IOM Budapest and Cordelia Foundation
Police and border guards had the chance to learn about issues concerning migrant children
IOM in Hungary, in partnership with the Menedék – Hungarian Association for Migrants, hosted a national event on 13 July, 2017 to promote the Skills2Work project, strengthen relations with stakeholders, test the FromSkills2Work digital platform and discuss labour market integration challenges in Hungary
Nearly 1,000 people were interviewed by IOM staff in different migrants facilities in Hungary in order to get an overview of the composition of the migrants, who arrived to the country in 2016.
IOM has launched a European digital platform to improve labour market access of residence permit holders: www.FromSkills2Work.eu.
UNHCR, UNICEF and IOM publish factsheet about trends regarding refugee and migrant children in the EU in 2016
The document provides an overview of the situation in Europe in 2016 with regards to refugee and migrant children (accompanied and UASC). It compiles key child-related data based on available official sources: arrival, asylum applications, asylum decisions, profiling of arrivals, relocation from Greece and Italy under the EU relocation scheme, as well as returns from Greece to Turkey under the EU-Turkey statement.
In order to sum up the year IOM Budapest has published a Snapshot with the most important highlights of 2016.
IOM launches new project to improve protection of migrant children. More than 700 children have died at the Mediterranean sea trying to reach Europe this year alone.
IOM Budapest contributed to addressing some of the most important needs of unaccompanied minors accommodated in the Károlyi István Child Centre’s facility for unaccompanied minors in Fót as part of the "Migration crisis in Europe - Support to stranded migrants in Greece and Hungary" project funded by SlovakAid.
IOM Budapest continues to address the needs of stranded migrants in Röszke and Tompa as part of the "Migration crisis in Europe - Support to stranded migrants in Greece and Hungary" project funded by SlovakAid.
Member states of the International Organisation for Migration, meeting at its Special Council in Geneva earlier today, unanimously approved IOM’s entry into the United Nations system. A resolution adopted unanimously by the IOM Council approves the IOM-UN relationship agreement paving the way for IOM’s entry into the United Nations system as a related organization.
The IOM Hungary office welcomed almost 40 guests among them colleagues from other IOM offices, international organizations, local embassies, state authorities and NGOs for a half-day conference entitled “Migration Crisis in Europe: Data Collection and Information Management by the International Organization for Migration”.
The Central European University Business School hosted a group of MBA students from NYU STERN Business School for a week-long course entitled „Doing Business in Hungary/Central Europe”. IOM Budapest was invited to join a panel discussion to unpack the primary challenges of the migration crisis, as experienced by Hungary and other neighbouring states in the region.
Trafficking in human beings is the slavery of today which takes many different forms including sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, begging or the removal of organs. It involves a severe violation of individual freedom and dignity.
“We never learn from history.”
How many times have you said, or heard someone else say that. As we witness unprecedented human mobility caused by raging conflicts in the Middle East and other parts of the world, abject poverty, human rights violations and persecution, we are sometimes quick to forget that we have witnessed this many times in our recent history plagued by global conflict.