On 19 April 2018, the Migrant Resource Center – MRC, located at the Employment Service Center in Nghe An was officially opened, as a partnership between IOM Vietnam and Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, and drawing on the previous achievements from the cooperation between IOM and the Women’s Union of Nghe An.
Career Day 2018 at the Saigon South International School (SSIS) included IOM HCMC's Head of Office, Mark Brown. Over 100 SSIS students between 16 and 18 years old attended his sessions on jobs in international relations. SSIS has a very active and popular Model UN, so the students know a lot about IOM. The sessions were very interactive, with lots of good questions on how to start a career in the humanitarian sector, what's a typical work day, what helps and hurts in getting jobs, and work-life balance of refugee workers.
On 28 March, the movie “This is not paradise” was screened in connection with IOM's Global Migration Film Festival and International Women’s Month.
From 19th to 22nd March, IOM Vietnam hosted a study visit to Bangkok, Thailand on Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) Initiative and Migration Crisis Operational Framework (MCOF), engaging 11 Vietnamese officials from government’s institutions in charge of dealing with migration issues, disaster prevention and counter-trafficking activities.
On Thursday March 22, 2018, Mr. Mark Alan Brown – the Head of Office of IOM HCMC – paid a visit as a guest speaker for a group of over 50 G7-9 students (ages from 11-15) plus several Social Sciences teachers to The American School. He talked about IOM’s place and role towards the migration issue in the world and also shared with the students his experience on migration, human trafficking, and other refugee supporting activities.
IOM Vietnam donated computers and IT equipment to the Vietnamese Red Cross in Phu Yen and Dak Lak. (March 2018)
On 07 March, IOM's Global Migration Film Festival contributed the movie “2 girls” in connection with International Women’s Day. The event was organized at the U.S Consulate General and received great participation and engagement from the audience.
On 08 February 2018, the IOM HCMC Head of Office, Mark Brown, visited the city's Australian International School. He was a guest speaker for Years 7-9 (ages 11-14) and Years 10 & 11 (ages 14-16). He talked to the students about IOM's place and role within the United Nations, migration in general, migration and Vietnam (particularly internal migration), trafficking in persons, and refugees. They were already studying related topics in their classes, and expressed appreciation for the real-world examples and experience.
Last week (12 Jan 2018), the International Organization for Migration's Head of Office for Ho Cho Minh City, Mr. Mark Brown, gave the keynote speech at the city's high school Model United Nations conference. Mr. Brown spoke to the theme of "Resilience in a Globalized World". He noted that globalization has many benefits, but resilience to globalization's disadvantages is not universal.
Lao Cai, 11/2017 The International Organization for Migration (IOM) conducted a 3-day visit to Lao Cai province in early November to receive updates on the trafficking situation and to identify the needs of vulnerable communities through field visits and interviews. The trip was a part of the “Migrant Assistant and Prevention Program” (MAPP) funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, U.S Department of State.