Geographic focus: the Arab States
Thematic focus areas the mechanism:
Initiatives to promote information-sharing, dialogue and cooperation between governments and regional organizations on technical assistance and capacity building initiatives related to migration management, including labour migration and human development, migrant assistance, and border management.
Steps/stages in practical application of the mechanism:
Through programming initiatives as well as partnerships with regional organizations, including the League of Arab States and the Arab Labour Organization (ALO), the RO supports South-South cooperation and dialogue both on a bilateral and multilateral basis on key migrationrelated issues impacting the region, such as irregular migration, smuggling and trafficking in persons, labour migration, migration and development, and forced displacement. Activities undertaken by the RO, in cooperation with country offices and governments in the region, aim to promote synergies and cross-fertilization at the policy and programmatic levels, with a view to ensuring a coordinated and consistent approach at the intra- and inter-regional level, that takes into account best practices and lessons learnt identified at the country level in the region or beyond.
Results to date:
- Coordinated a workshop on intra-regional labour mobility, in cooperation with the ALO
- Developed a framework for dialogue and roundtable discussions on labour migration between Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia (roundtables to be conducted in 2013)
- Developed training modules tailored to the region to support knowledge and cooperation on migration and development (trainings to be conducted in 2013)
- Worked with the League of Arab States (LAS) on the development of research relating to the engagement of Arab expatriates in the post-Arab Spring context
- Conducted a meeting with the LAS, Member States, and relevant Arab expatriate representatives on the role of Arab expatriate health professionals in developing the health sectors of Arab states (December 2012)
- Facilitated exchange of experience and expertise between relevant governments and civil society in the region to respond to the challenges of transit migration. (A handbook is being developed to assist policy-makers and practitioners develop and implement assisted voluntary return and reintegration mechanisms).
- Facilitated exchange of experience and expertise to protect exploited and trafficked migrants, including study tours within the region to promote best practices on issues such as legislative development, shelter management, provision of direct assistance.
Currently, a regional project covering Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt is supporting dialogue and cooperation between governments in relation to border management and labour migration. IOM is also working with the LAS and UNESCWA to support regional dialogue on migration and development ahead of the UN High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in 2013. IOM is also engaged in a project that includes Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and Iraq, to enhance knowledge and capacity in migration and development issues and programming.
Most Recent Annual Budget (USD): 211 M- (2011)
Focal Point and Contact:
Regional Liaison and Policy Officer
IOM Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa
47C Abu El Feda Street, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
Tel: +20 1016255500