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UNHCR, UNICEF and IOM urge European states to boost education for refugee and migrant children

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.

The final SUMIGRE newsletter is here

As the SUMIGRE project comes to an end this August, project partners are now finishing their project activities and summarizing the results for the final reports.

SUMIGRE Multiplier event in Budapest

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.

New edition of the IOM Glossary on Migration is now available

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.

SUMIGRE partner meeting in Budapest

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 SUMIGRE E-Learning Platform is now available!

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.

Reintegration success story

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.

SUMIGRE workshop held in Budapest

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.

Child trafficking course at ELTE University

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.

SUMIGRE partner meeting in Sofia

The 5th Transnational SUMIGRE Meeting took place in Sofia between 5 and 6 March 2019, where the partners were welcomed by the Business Development Agency. 

Another successful family reunification was conducted with the assistance of IOM

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.

French student group visits IOM Budapest

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 and partners launch new project to strengthen support to SGBV victims among migrants

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 takes part in Global Migration Film Festival 2018

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.

Ne hagyd! kampány Heves megyében / Be aware! campaign visiting Heves county

Az IOM munkatársai a Ne hagyd! kampány kapcsán ezúttal Heves megye székhelyére, Egerbe látogatták el. 

Ne hagyd! kampány Budapesten / Be aware! campaign in Budapest schools

Az IOM Budapest munkatársai Budapest X. kerületének iskolájában több filmvetítést is tartottak a kampány keretében.

Ne hagyd! kampány Nógrád megyében / Be aware! campaign visiting Nógrád county

Az IOM Budapest munkatársai a Ne hagyd! kampány keretében Salgótarjánt követően Nógrád megye egy másik városába, Balassagyarmatra is ellátogattak.

Ne hagyd! kampány Budapesten / Be aware! campaign in Budapest

Az IOM Budapest munkatársai Budapest több kerületébe is ellátogattak a kampány keretében. 

Ne hagyd! kampány Baranya megyében / Be aware! campaign visiting Baranya county

Az IOM Budapest munkatársai a Ne hagyd! kampány keretében ezúttal Baranya megyébe látogattak.

Ne hagyd! kampány Szabolcs megyében / Be aware! campaign visiting Szabolcs county

Az IOM munkatársai a Ne hagyd! kampány kapcsán újra megkezdték a vidéki kitelepüléseket, ezúttal Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg megye különböző településeit látogatták meg.

SUMIGRE partner meeting in Prague

 

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.

SUMIGRE kick-off meeting in Izmit, Turkey

 

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 met in the Netherlands to evaluate the progress of their efforts.

Partners of the SUMIGRE project, including the representative of IOM Hungary, met in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands to evaluate the progress of their efforts.

IOM Budapest launches nationwide counter-trafficking campaign

 IOM has launched a campaign to raise awareness and to prevent victimization through human trafficking in Hungary.

Last round of capacity building trainings as part of IOM's regional child protection project

IOM Budapest, in cooperation with its partners, organized the last round of capacity building trainings for OIA professionals in Szeged and in Budapest. 

Skills2Work final national event

IOM Hungary, in partnership with the Menedék – Hungarian Association for Migrants, hosted the final national event of the Skills2Work project today. 

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.

Another successful family reunification was conducted with the assistance of IOM Budapest

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 Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Profile 2017

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. 

Another successful child protection training for OIA 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 the second round of capacity building trainings for OIA professionals in Szeged on the 23rd of November 2017.

IOM colleagues presented IOM’s regional child protection project in Szeged

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

World Migration Report 2018

IOM published the World Migration Report 2018

IOM Budapest takes part in Global Migration Film Festival 2017

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.

Another successful family reunification was conducted with the assistance of IOM

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.

Child protection training for OIA professionals

IOM Budapest, in cooperation with OIA, the Cordelia Foundation and UNHCR, organized the second round of capacity building trainings for OIA professionals in Budapest.

Another Skills2Work event took place today to promote labour market integration

IOM and Menedék co-organized an event for various stakeholders

Child Protection on Eastern and Western Mediterranean Migration Route Focus of Ljubljana Conference

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

IOM Budapest has published a Snapshot with the most important highlights of Jan - June 2017.

Another successful family reunification was conducted with the assistance of IOM

The action reunited a four-member Ethiopian family of a mother and three children with their husband and father.

Overview of migration flows to Hungary in the first half of 2017 is now published by IOM Budapest

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.

IOM Budapest at Sziget Festival again

Just like last year, IOM Budapest attended Sziget Festival again to raise awareness about human trafficking in the region

IOM Budapest continues with the capacity building trainings

Another training was organized around the topics of children’s rights and the vulnerabilities of migrant children - this time in Budapest.

Capacity building training ​for Office of Immigration and Asylum professionals

IOM Budapest together with its partners organized another training on children's rights and vulnerabilities, this time for OIA professionals.

Another successful family reunification to Hungary

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

“Supporting the migrants’ labour market integration” event in Budapest

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

Overview of migration flows to Hungary in 2016 is now published by IOM Budapest

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.

Global Migration Film Festival 2017

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is inviting professional and emerging filmmakers to submit perception-changing films about the migrant experience for the second annual Global Migration Film Festival (5–18 December).

New website FromSkills2Work Promotes Labour Participation

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.

A new beginning for a Syrian family in Budapest

After 1.5 years of living apart, a family of four was reunited with the assistance of IOM. While the sons and the mother are excited to taste the Hungarian cuisine, the father is eager to show them the sights of Budapest, their new home.

IOM Budapest attends the 13th CEU NGO fair

Following the tradition of the previous years, IOM Budapest Staff attended the 13th CEU NGO fair this year too.

IOM Budapest publishes Snapshot about the Year 2016

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

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.

Distributing non-food items to unaccompanied migrant children

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

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.

IOM Budapest Continues Non-Food Item Project

IOM Budapest continues to distribute non-food items as part of the “Migration crisis in Europe – Support to stranded migrants in Greece and Hungary” project funded by SlovakAid.

Non-food items to migrants and refugees

IOM Budapest began distributing non-food items as part of the “Migration crisis in Europe – Support to stranded migrants in Greece and Hungary” project funded by SlovakAid.

IOM Hungary at Sziget Festival

On Thursday, 10 August, IOM Budapest attended Sziget Festival following an invitation from the Hungarian Ministry of Interior. The team’s purpose was to raise awareness for human trafficking in the region.

IOM Member States Endorse Move to Join the United Nations System

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.

Briefing event - Migration Crisis in Europe: Data Collection and Information Management

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”.

Panel discussion: Central and Eastern Europe and the Migration Crisis (26 May 2016)

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.

Human trafficking in Hungary: the invisible phenomenon

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.

Rear-view mirror: when Europeans sought refuge

“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.

IOM has launched its new campaign: I am a migrant

I am a migrant is about humanizing migrants’ stories of migration and providing a platform to present their narratives in their own words. This project can help change the lens through which people view migrants and migration.