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Moldova shared its experience on readmission management with Armenia
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Chisinau, 16-19 April 2014 - The IOM Missions from Armenia and Moldova jointly organized an experience exchange visit on readmission management for Armenian government officials to Moldova.

Representatives of the State Migration Service of the Ministry of Territorial Administration, Police representative from the Directorate for Passports and Visas, National Security Service and Ministry of Justice, accompanied by the Head of Project Development and Implementation from IOM Yerevan visited Moldova during 16th – 19th of April 2014 to gain knowledge of Moldavian experience on readmission management.

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HERA INTERNATIONAL GRANTS COMPETITION For Women Entrepreneurs against Human Trafficking 2014

HERA UK announces its second international grants competition for women entrepreneurs in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine. Any woman entrepreneur from one of those five countries may apply for funding to support equipment and other capital development costs. She must demonstrate how her work may help in countering dangerous migration or human trafficking in their region. Some 40 grants across the five countries averaging €500 (and ranging between €200 - €1500) will be offered to selected women entrepreneurs according to one of the following three categories:


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Migrant women can contribute to the development of the country
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Women migrants

Chisinau, March 24, 2014 – Public Forum - Partnerships for an Inclusive and Prosperous Moldova: Women Matter! brought together women leaders, including migrant women to discuss with leaders of political parties and members of Parliament priorities for current and future development. They also made proposals regarding the participation of women from different social and age groups in politics at different levels.

The basic factor that led Moldovan citizens to immigration is unemployment and low wages. National Bureau of Statistics gives the figure of 6.8 % of the unemployment rate among men and 4.3% among women - for 2012.

Migrant women, both those who returned and those residing abroad contribute to the development of the country. A total of 60-80 % of women migrants send remittances in Moldova to support their families. Also, those who have returned have the experience and skills acquired abroad, financial resources and potential for investment in the national economy. There are visible return trends of migrant women, 39 percent, especially those in the age group of 45 and above. However, according to studies, only 30 % of women are willing to invest in the business. Read more.

Study on the reintegration of returned labour migrants in the Republic of Moldova
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Study on the reintegration of returned labour migrants in the Republic of Moldova

More than one third of the returned migrants are unemployed or work in seasonal jobs in Moldova. Young returned migrants are the most vulnerable on the labour market says a new ILO study presented today.

Chisinau, 19 March 2014 – The study “Return labour migration and the Socio-economic development of the Republic of Moldova”  shows that returned migrants represent about 2,6 per cent of the total population of 15 64 years in Moldova and their socio-demographic profile is similar to other  migrants’, with higher proportions of men and people from rural areas.  The main reasons which determined the migrants to return home are mainly of personal nature: as the work incapacity, family reasons. 

Only 40 per cent of returned migrants have permanent occupation upon return. They are either employed, entrepreneurs or working on their family’s own land plots. More than 1/3 are unemployed or work on seasonal jobs. The most vulnerable categories are young returned migrants, representing the highest share among unemployed and economically inactive returnees.

“Returned migrants encounter many challenges during their reintegration in the labour market. The most important challenges are unattractive salaries, lack of jobs in rural areas, age-based discrimination and nepotism.”, mentioned Mr Antonio Graziosi, Director of the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Central and Eastern Europe. Read more...

Awards for films and photos on migration
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The winners and participants of the 5th edition of the PLURAL+ Moldova contest for young filmmakers and photographers receivedd awards on 20 December 2013.

Alexandru Restartnîi (25) from Chisinau won the video section of the contest, with his film “Desuet?” (“Forgotten?”); the main prize for the photo section went to Mihai Janu (17) from Bacioi for his picture titled “Solitude”.

The 2nd Award for films was given to Elena Vatamanu-Mărgineanu for her “Drops of Nostalgia” (13, Chisinau), whereas the 3rd one was handed to Zinaida Belibova for “If We Were Together, What It Would Be Like?” (22, Soldanesti). Elizaveta Golubeva (16) from Chisinau received a special prize for the most optimistic film – “My Country”. See all competing videos here 

The 2nd Awards for photos went to Nelu Oboroceanu (16) from Causeni for “Back to the Future”; and the 3rd one was given to Victor Moisei (16, Gura Galbenei, Cimislia) for “Home Alone”. The special prize for vision in the photo section went to Svetlana Tataru (24, Chisinau) for her picture titled “Childhood”. See all competing photos here 

The works by over 20 teams led by children and youngsters aged 11–25 were evaluated by the jury comprising of the representatives of the Bureau for Diaspora Relations, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the OWH Studio, the Permanent Secretariat of the National Committee for Trafficking in Human Beings, the Roman Rybaleov Photoschool, the Y-Peer Network, the Youth Media Centre, and IOM Mission to Moldova. Read more...

Second Local Steering Committee Meeting of the MIGRECO project
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On the 23rd of January 2014 the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Mission in Moldova, held the Second Steering Committee Meeting of the Moldovan component of the EU funded project “Strengthening Migration Management and Cooperation on Readmission in Eastern Europe (MIGRECO)”.

The event gathered about 35 representatives from ministries (MIA, MFAIE, MLSPF, MITC, Prosecutor Office, HM, and Ombudsman), international organizations (UNHCR, EUBAM, ICMPD) and civil society (NGO “IPR”, independent experts). The Steering Committee focused on the progressive report of the Moldovan component of this regional EU-funded project under the EC Thematic Programme on Migration and Asylum 2012, which is coordinated regionally by the IOM office in Kiev. Read more...

It’s Time to Take Action and Save Lives of Migrants Caught in Crisis
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The International Organization for Migration warns today that unless the international community takes decisive action to address the causes of irregular migration, more migrant lives will be lost at the hands of people smugglers and traffickers.

Observing International Migrants Day (18 December) the Organization’s Director General, William Lacy Swing noted that 2013 may have been the costliest year on record in terms of lives lost, for migrants seeking to cross international borders clandestinely.

“We will never know the true total, as many migrants died anonymously in deserts, in oceans or in other accidents,” stated Ambassador Swing.  "However, our figures show that at least 2,360 migrants died this year while chasing the dream of a new life. These people are desperate – not even a very real fear of death prevents them from making their journey.” Read more...

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