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The International Organization for Migration (IOM). Atlantic Region Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies ARAISA 2010 Conference St. John’s, NL. IOM is: a global inter-governmental organization dealing with a wide range of migration issues

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Atlantic region association of immigrant serving agencies araisa 2010 conference st john s nl

The International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Atlantic Region Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies

ARAISA 2010 Conference

St. John’s, NL


Iom at a glance

IOM is:

a global inter-governmental organization dealing with a wide range of migration issues

dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

Vitals:

127 Member States

440 offices in more than 120 countries

A staff of over 7,000

2,030+ programs/ projects totaling over a billion dollars

Structure:

Headquarters in Geneva, with a number of regional offices

IOM At A Glance


Iom canada

Canada and IOM have a long history of working together

3 main areas IOM provides service for the Government of Canada:

Medical

Orientation

Movements

IOM office located in Ottawa

Ottawa staff provide project support and liaison for activities conducted overseas

IOM & Canada


Canadian orientation abroad

COA is a pre-departure orientation project funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)

COA has been implemented by IOM since 1998

IOM also provides Cultural Orientation for refugees bound to the: US, Norway, Finland, Australia, the UK

COA Global Management situated in IOM Amman

COA Liaison and training support located in IOM Ottawa

COA facilitator’s are locally engaged staff

Canadian Orientation Abroad


Coa eligibility

COA is offered free of charge to all categories of migrants for whom PR status is intended, these are in order of priority:

Refugees

Skilled Workers

Family Class

Provincial Nominees

Live-in-Caregivers

Investors

COA is offered generally:

3 days for urban refugees

5 days for camp based refugees

for all other classes for 1 day

Participation is voluntary, but encouraged

COA Eligibility

Bhutanese refugees in COA Nepal


Coa objectives

To provide accurate information about life in Canada

To help immigrants develop realistic

expectations about settlement

To develop immigrants’ awareness

and skills necessary for successful

adaptation to their new society

particularly during their first 6 mos.

of stay in Canada

To address participants concerns

and questions

COA Objectives

COA Manila


Coa permanent sites

Africa (3 sites): Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana

(Kenya mobile: Uganda, Sudan, Eritrea and

Ghana mobile: Benin, Sierra Leone)

Asia (3 sites): Nepal, Philippines, Pakistan

Europe (1 site): Russia

Latin America (1 site): Colombia

Middle East (5 sites): Egypt,

Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and

Mobile training missions also took place in:

Uzbekistan, Romania (ETC), Syria, etc.

COA Permanent Sites


Coa content

Some topics covered in the orientation:

Facts about Canada, Canadian climate/weather

Travel procedures to Canada

Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP)

Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program

Rights, responsibilities, laws

Housing

Healthcare

Education

Finances & Budgeting

Working in Canada

Cultural shock/adaptation

Services available including settlement

Other, according to the needs & specific questions brought up by the group

COA Content


Coa statistics

Since inception 124,146 individuals have received COA

In the project year 2009-2010:

COA sessions were conducted in 32 different locations in 21 different countries

14,831 individuals were invited to attend COA

A total of 13,800 individuals received COA training world-wide:

Refugees represented 5,558 individuals

Skilled workers 5,126

Family class 2,052

Live in Caregivers 1,064

COA Statistics


Coa trainers

Majority COA trainers are locally engaged staff

Preference dual nationals/ Canadian PRs, or have lived/ visited Canada extensively

Multilingual

Some facilitator’s are full time

others on call or assigned to

other IOM projects

(Operations)

COA Trainers

Training of Refugee Facilitators, Ottawa November 2009


Noteworthy activities

Familiarization Visit of 10 COA refugee facilitators to Canada in Feb 2009

First-ever Training for Refugee Facilitators in Canada in Nov 2009

Observation Visits to 3 COA refugee training sites for 15 SPO representatives in Mar. 2010

Noteworthy Activities

Left: Visit to COA Nepal, Right: Visit to COA Kenya


Coa observation visits

14 RAP SPOs & 1 staff from RSTP visited 3 COA sites: Kenya, Syria and Nepal in late Mar/Apr. 2010

IOM requested applications

IOM funded travel and stipend

Arranged to see IOM resettlement operations, COA & meet with partner agencies

Participants submitted reports about visit including various recommendations for COA/IOM

COA Observation Visits


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IOM Ottawa Contacts:

Tracy Vunderink, COA Project Liaison

[email protected]

Ahmad Fahim, Head of Office

[email protected]

Telephone: 613-237-0651

The End


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