Young Diplomats Educated about People Smuggling and Irregular Migration

09/14/15

The International Organization for Migration and the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Centre for Education and Training (Pusdiklat Kemenlu) ran a two-day workshop about people smuggling and the management of irregular migrants for junior-level diplomats on 7 and 8 September 2015 in Yogyakarta.

“These workshops are an excellent opportunity to bring a wide range of government agencies together to educate young diplomats and others with an interest in foreign affairs about their roles in the prevention of people smuggling and the management of refugees and asylum seekers,” said IOM Indonesia Deputy Chief of Mission Steve Hamilton.

“A coordinated response by all these institutions is a key component of Indonesia’s investment in maritime security and one IOM is actively supporting.”

Following Monday’s presentations from the Indonesian National Police, the Directorate General of Immigration and the head of Yogyakarta’s social services agency, participants visited sites where migrants attempting to board vessels to Australia have been intercepted, and met with local government officials and police officers with firsthand experience in managing these cases.

Pusdiklat Kemenlu is responsible in developing and increasing the capacity of human resources, especially diplomats, through political and foreign affairs education and training programs for their staff and other civil servants.

“This training is of strategic importance as all participants are new junior diplomats who will serve as foreign affairs diplomats once their education is complete, said Spica A. Tutuhatunewa, the director of the ministry’s foreign affairs academy (Sekdilu - Sekolah Dinas Luar Negeri).

“This kind of training will equip them with a more comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the issue. Pusdiklat Kemlu really appreciates the cooperation and support from IOM for this kind of training and hope to continue the cooperation in the future."

This is the third time IOM has supported Pusdiklat Kemlu’s special training programs related to people smuggling.