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IOM welcomes Belarus’s effort to accommodate Ukrainians who flee conflict


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) welcomes Belarus’s significant efforts to accommodate more than 160,000 Ukrainian nationals fleeing from the conflict zone in the southeast of the country, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing said during a meeting with the Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva Yuri Ambrazevich.

The sides discussed a wide range of issues related to cooperation between Belarus and IOM. William Lacy Swing also complimented Belarus’s role in coordinating the international efforts to combat human trafficking. He stressed on the positive results of cooperation between IOM and Belarus within the platform of the International Training Center on Migration and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.

Yuri Ambrazevich expressed his confidence that with IOM’s new status as a United Nations-affiliated agency as from September 2016, its cooperation with Belarus will be further enhanced. He assured William Lacy Swing that Belarus consistently supports all measures aimed at strengthening the capacities and image of IOM which will celebrate its 65th anniversary in December 2016.

Yuri Ambrazevich stressed the importance of the projects implemented by IOM to build Belarus’s national capacities in the field of migration and combating trafficking of human beings. The diplomat noted that the Belarusian side is eager to boost the cooperation in developing biometric documents, managing migration risks, providing reintegration assistance and facilitating voluntarily return to the country of origin.

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