Governmental agencies and Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that interact with vulnerable migrants or in the future would have the chance to, convened at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort for a five day training workshop on Monday 10 September, 2012.
The workshop operating under the theme, “Protecting Vulnerable Migrants” was facilitated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) with the assistance of the Ministry of External Affairs International Trade and Civil Aviation.
IOM is the leading intergovernmental organisation in the field of migration. The organisation is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all persons.
Over the years, IOM has partnered with several Caribbean nations, including Saint Lucia. Saint Lucia however is not a member of the organisation. Program Manager and workshop facilitator Chissey Mueller, however noted that membership status is not contingent on partnership.
The opening remark at the workshop was delivered by Mrs. Glenda Polius, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security. She stressed the need for collaborative effort among all stakeholders to deal with the issue of the migration of vulnerable migrants in Saint Lucia and by extension the Region.
Day one of the workshop focused on defining and understanding what is migration and contextualising it in a 21st century sense. The day’s session also focused on learning to identify a vulnerable migrant and what key steps should be taken to properly document them.
Migration in the Saint Lucian context was a focal point of the day as IOM hopes to improve on institutional responses to encounters with vulnerable migrant populations on island. The workshop is the ideal forum to discuss what institutional frameworks are currently in place in Saint Lucia, assess their effectiveness and make necessary recommendations.
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