IOM in the North Pacific at a Glance
IOM established its first office in the region in Majuro in May 2009. The opening of the sub-regional Head Office in Pohnpei followed a few months later. The FSM has been a member state since December 2011 and the RMI acceded to membership on 26 November, 2013.
Press Release – International Organization for Migration
In response to an urgent request from the FSM Department of Justice (DoJ), the FSM National Police and International Organization for Migration (IOM) provided food and cooking equipment to the Chinese National crewmen remaining on Ping Da 7, the large sea vessel that ran aground on the North Point of Pohnpei Island’s fringing reef on 11-December, 2013.
FSM DoJ became aware of dangerously low food stocks on board, and due to the inability of the vessel to run its generators the crew have had no electrical power to cook food with. On January 14, 2014 the Secretary of Justice, Hon. April Skilling and the IOM Chief of Mission Ashley Carl discussed how IOM and DoJ could work together in providing food relief to the stranded crew.
On the same day, food supplies and cooking equipment was purchased including fresh vegetables and fruits, rice, ramen noodles, canned meat, eggs, and butane cookers with extra cooking gas canisters. The following day IOM personnel accompanied the FSM National Police vessel Unity and crew to deliver the supplies to the Ping Da 7 and its crew.
The Government of the FSM and the IOM will continue to provide assistance to stranded migrants wherever possible through the Migrant Resource Center located in Kolonia, which will celebrate its one year anniversary in March.