IOM Indonesia News

  • IOM Backs Indonesia’s Response to Earthquake, Tsunami Delivering Water, NFIs to Devastated Areas

    Palu – As search and rescue operations begin to wind down in Central Sulawesi, following the September 28th earthquake and tsunami, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) is deploying staff and aid to the affected area at the request of the Indonesian authorities. Three IOM specialist staff, including a doctor, will today take part in a multi-agency assessment mission in the affected area.

  • UN Migration Agency, Partners Present Research on Modern Day Slavery at UK Event

    London – Prevention, remedy and ultimately the eradication of human trafficking and slavery will require a more nuanced understanding of both the factors that make people vulnerable and the influence of market forces, according to the conclusions of a panel hosted by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in London on Thursday (25/10). 

    “One myth that we must debunk is that slavery is an issue of the past,” said Dipti Pardeshi, IOM UK Chief of Mission.

  • IOM, JSI Partner with Indonesian Municipality on “Smart City” Initiative to Improve Access to Services

    Makassar – IOM, JSI Research & Training Institute, and city officials have met to discuss how information and communication technologies can improve the quality of and access to public services in the eastern Indonesian municipality of Makassar.

    The two-day data validation and systems mapping workshop was part of the ongoing “Smart City” initiative, which aims to speed up the collection of data that can improve sustainable urban planning, reduce costs and empower citizens to demand better services.

  • Refugees Plant Mangroves to Protect Indonesian Shoreline

    Makassar – Refugees assisted by IOM in Makassar, South Sulawesi, last week volunteered to join a community project to plant over 500 mangrove plants at the Kawasan Ekowisata Mangrove Lantebung in Tamalanrea district.  

    The initiative – Together in Action – Loving Nature – Planting Mangroves – brought together 150 volunteers, including families with children. Half of the volunteers were refugees from Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Myanmar living in Makassar.  

  • UN Migration Agency, Indonesian Government Plan Mentoring Programme to Prosecute, Convict More Human Traffickers

    Jakarta – IOM and the Indonesian Attorney General’s Office are planning a mentoring scheme to pair prosecutors throughout Indonesia with senior officials who have experience in conducting successful investigations and pursuing criminal proceedings against human traffickers. 

    The design of the programme was discussed last week at a two-day meeting in Yogyakarta, Central Java, which brought together experts from law enforcement agencies, social protection bodies and the judiciary.

  • IOM Allocates USD 200,000 to Aid Victims of Indonesian Earthquake, Tsunami

    Jakarta – The UN Migration Agency (IOM) has allocated USD 200,000 from its emergency funds to kickstart an emergency response operation following the powerful earthquake and ensuing tsunami that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday.

  • IOM, Indonesian Marine Police Train Officers on Rescue of Migrants at Sea

    Jakarta – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the Indonesian Marine and Air Police Corps recently organized a training in Jakarta on search and rescue at sea and the handling of irregular maritime arrivals.

  • UN Migration Agency Facilitates Release of Refugees from Indonesian Detention Centres

    Jakarta - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has facilitated the release of over 500 refugees from immigration detention centres in North Sumatra, Riau, and Riau Island provinces to community housing.    

    The release of the Afghan, Somali and Sudanese migrants took place between 29 November and 6 February, and was organized in close cooperation with Indonesia’s Immigration Department, local government officials and police.

  • Indonesian City Admits Migrant Children to Public Schools

    Medan – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the Department of Education in the Indonesian city of Medan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding paving the way for 297 refugee children to enter the local public-school system, which started Monday.

    Medan, a port city of more than two million people in North Sumatra, currently hosts 2,226 refugees and asylum seekers, the largest migrant population in any single location in Indonesia.

  • IOM Steps in to Aid New Rohingya Boat Arrivals in Indonesia

    Jakarta – The UN Migration Agency has stepped in to provide humanitarian assistance to 84 ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar who have arrived by boat in Aceh, Indonesia’s westernmost province, this month. IOM’s Migration Emergency Funding Mechanism (MEFM) has donated USD 100,000 to help the migrants, who include over 40 children.