What do we need to do now?
By William Lacy Swing
It is believed that millions are currently victims of trafficking in persons around the world. It is almost impossible to think about each one of those numbers as individual human beings and it can feel like an insurmountable problem. But it isn’t. And on this World Day Against Trafficking in Persons we must believe that not only can we make a dent but that we can make significant inroads into eliminating it.
IOM-UNFPA Training on Sexual Reproductive Health and Gender-Based Violence (SRH-GBV) held on 8-10 May 2017 in Zagreb, Croatia
IOM MHD (Regional Office Brussels and IOM Croatia and Slovenia) in collaboration with UNFPA, organized a Training course for health professionals, health mediators and general service providers on Sexual Reproductive Health and Gender-Based Violence (SRH-GBV) on 8-10 May 2017 in Zagreb, Croatia.
On 1 July 2016 Croatia received the first group of migrants - four Eritreans arriving from Italy, in line with the European Union relocation scheme.
The migrants were greeted by the Minister of the Interior Mr. Vlaho Orepić, Head of EU Representation in Croatia Mr. Branko Baričević, as well as the volunteers of UNICEF and the Red Cross.
First National workshop of the European Migration Network National Contact Point (EMN NCP) for Croatia – 30-31 May 2016
The first National workshop of the European Migration Network National Contact Point (EMN NCP) for Croatia took place in Fažana, Croatia, from 30 May-31 May 2016 (Venue: MUP Resort Valbandon).
The overall purpose of the workshop was to generate ideas that will give the structure of the National Migration Network.
Specific aims of the workshop were to introduce the work of the European Migration Network, discuss the migration approaches in Europe and to facilitate and enhance national dialogue on migration.
The objective of the Final Joint Conference is to present two outcomes of the collaboration between IOM Migration Health Division, RO Brussels and the interdisciplinary scientific network ADAPT (comprising 130 experts in 30 countries) within the framework of the EQUI-HEALTH and ADAPT projects.
After the closure of the so called “Balkan route” a number of migrants remained stranded in Croatia. A prolonged stay and uncertain destiny of stranded migrants and refugees requires a tailored response to their needs. To best accommodate this need, IOM used its internal specialist training capacity to prepare the field staff for community work.
On 9 May 2016 the European Commission Representation in Croatia in cooperation with the Croatian Employment Service / EURES Croatia organizes Croatia’s safe mobility fair.
The aim of the event is to raise awareness about the importance of informing the citizens who are planning their education or employment in other European countries, and prevent the risks associated with mobility, such as fraud, trafficking in human beings, undeclared work or loss of rights in the field of social security.
Based on the suggestion from the Ministry of the Interior that humanitarian partners provide informal education to the migrants at the Slavonski Brod reception transit centre, IOM in coordination with the Croatian Red Cross and Save the Children, organized language courses to 75 migrants at the WRTC.
The purpose of this two-day conference that was held from 6-8 April 2016 in Rakitje, Croatia was to provide a platform to address gender equality topics. Its specific aim was to monitor the progress made with respect to the UN Security Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 that deals with the influence of war on women and girls.
Council of Europe Development Bank grants EUR 765,000 to support IOM Croatia's response to the migration crisis
From the beginning of the migration crisis in Croatia on 16 September 2015, more than 650,000 migrants and refugees entered and transited its territory. Fast transit rates posed a challenge for both the government’s and humanitarian agencies' efforts to provide adequate assistance to the migrants.