IOM Iraq rallies Kurdistan Region of Iraq officials and NGO representatives to enhance migration crisis management

On 13-16 September 2015, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Iraq conducted training in Erbil on Skills Development for Enhanced Migration Crisis Management, for 29 officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) ministries, governorates and institutions, and six staff from local NGOs. The training was a next step, following an earlier training on Migration Management in Emergency Contexts held in June 2015, which targeted local authorities from the southern governorates of Basra, Thi-Qar, Muthanna and Missan. A follow-up training for central governorates is planned in October, which will provide a rounded approach for Iraq.

The geographical coverage of this training focused on local authorities of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), which currently hosts over 850,000 identified internally displaced persons according to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (September 2015). A similar training on Migration Management in Emergency Contexts held in June 2015 for the provincial authorities of Babylon, Baghdad, Karbala, Missan, Najaf and Qadissiya was another step forward towards enhancing and consolidating the capacities of Iraqi local authorities on migration crisis management.

This most recent training was organized by the EUfunded HIJRA AMINA Programme, in collaboration with IOM Iraq’s emergency response experts under the global IOM Migration Crisis Operational Framework (MCOF). IOM Iraq’s emergency response team introduced their various areas of expertise to the participants as good practice for effective response and contingency planning in a crisis situation. The aim of the training was to support KRI local authorities and partners who respond to the crisis by providing assistance to crisis-affected vulnerable populations, including addressing protection needs. Areas of focus included shelter provision, health response, psychosocial support, community policing, trafficking in human beings, communication and decisionmaking.

The training’s 29 participants represented various KRI ministries, governorates, institutions and NGOs including: the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Interior–General Directorate of Residency, Joint Crisis Coordination Center (JCC), Bureau of Migration and Displacement (BMD), Erbil, Dhok and Sulaymaniyah Governorates, the KRI Independent Commission for Human Rights, and the NGOs PAX and Al-Amal.

This training represented a unique opportunity for IOM experts and participants from diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas and share knowledge and experiences. With the aim of joining their efforts to address the challenges posed by the current migration crises, concrete steps were prepared to alleviate the effects of rapid and massive population movements in the country. Participants showed enthusiasm and interest in gaining more insight and expanding their skills to address difficulties generated by the current migration crisis.

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