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.
- Category: Projects
- Published on Monday, 18 February 2013 13:36
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Promoting Safe Migration and Integration through the Establishment of a Migrant Resource Center in Micronesia
Under the Compacts of Free Association (COFA) between the United States (US) and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), citizens of the FSM can migrate to the US and its territories without the requirement for visa and labor certification. While this arrangement affords Micronesians the benefit of freedom of movement into the US, there is an unfortunate disconnect between the aspirations of many Micronesians and the realities of a life as a migrant in the US. This situation has led to greater levels of vulnerability in the Micronesian migrant population and possible exploitation during the migration process.
The difficulties often experienced by Micronesians integrating into American culture and lifestyle, has created a level of disharmony in host communities. While some services exist for this group of migrants, the provision of these services remains fragmented and is often difficult to access. This project aims to facilitate integration in the United States and safe migration of Micronesian nationals through the establishment of a Migrant Resource Center (MRC) in Pohnpei, FSM. Through the MRC, IOM and its FSM Government partners are delivering pre-departure orientation training, awareness raising on the risks of human trafficking, while also providing linkages to existing services in the receiving communities.
Organizations involved in the migration process, such as government departments, NGOs, community groups and faith-based organizations responsible for developing and implementing labor migration policy and practice also benefit from the establishment of the Center. Migrants benefit from a range of services either through direct access to the MRC, through the information provided by the MRC network, via the migrant assistance hotline and the MRC dedicated website. Moreover, through services-oriented consultations and communication, trained resource persons provide integrated services and information to empower intending, actual and returning migrants to make informed decisions about migrating from the FSM and thereby minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of their migration experience for both the sending and host countries.
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