The United Nations (UN) Migration Agency, IOM’s African Capacity Building Centre (ACBC) which is co-located in the Tanzanian Regional Immigration Training Academy (TRITA) in Moshi, hosted a threeday Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for 27 IOM staff from East and Horn of Africa Region (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Yemen) from 25 to 27 April 2017.
The objective of the training was to enhance the capacity of the IOM staff in managing migration in emergencies in line with the fifth pillar of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration BPRM’s Regional Migration Program Model. The ToT training specifically focused on reducing vulnerability of migrants in emergencies contexts.
With the onset of crises, migrants face specific conditions of vulnerability and may fall between the cracks of emergency response and recovery efforts. As recent crises have shown - whether in upheavals and violence in Libya and Yemen, or in disasters in Japan and Thailand - migrants are regularly among the most affected groups.
The Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) Initiative, chaired by the United States of America and the Philippines, led to the development of Guidelines to Protect Migrants in Countries Experiencing Conflict or Natural Disasters. This guidelines were released in June 2016. The initiative is made of voluntary and non-binding set of recommendations that offers States and other actors a reference framework to guide a variety of efforts to better prepare for, and respond to crises in ways that protect migrants.
International interest and commitment on the situation of crises-affected migrants is steadily increasing, while capacities to alleviate their specific conditions of vulnerability and to provide them with appropriate response and assistance in crises remain limited in many countries.
In order to assist and help bridge this gap, IOM has begun to implement tailored capacity building activities for Governmental actors in countries of origin and destination in many regions of the world. To support this strategy, IOM has developed a set of training materials, operational and guidance tools based on the MICIC Guidelines’ recommendations that can be adapted to different contexts to tailor capacity building processes to specific regional, national and local realities. The materials include a training on migrant-inclusive emergency preparedness and response for representatives of emergency management institutions; a training and e-learning on assistance of nationals abroad in the context of crises for consular officials; and a smartphone application for travel advisories and other services aimed at migrants.
A similar event was organized in Panama for IOM staff from Spanish-speaking countries during the last week of March 2017.
These training events aim at scaling up the IOM’s staff capacity to react, adapt and use the MICIC tools in their own work. The roll-out of MICIC capacity building efforts in several countries globally is part of IOM’s strategy to reduce vulnerability of migrants in the context of emergencies.
For more information on the MICIC Guidelines and capacity building tools and opportunities, please visit MICIC website or contact the MICIC team at IOM Geneva: MICICSecretariat@iom.int