DIPLOMACY

Government adopts collaboration agreement between MAE and IOM

The Government adopted by means of a decision the Cooperation Agreement signed on November 2, 2015 in Bucharest by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) – the Consular Department – and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a Government statement sent to Agerpres on Wednesday informs.

According to the source, the agreement regulates the coordination of activities connected to the assisted repatriation of Romanian citizens facing difficult circumstances, as well as activities connected to the strengthening of MAE’s response capabilities, through the Consular Department, exchange of information and documents, technical cooperation and other aspects relevant in the field.

Moreover, the document formalizes the previous collaboration between MAE and IOM, to the purpose of streamlining intervention on diplomatic channels to assist Romanian citizens facing difficult circumstances.

Cooperation with the IOM is directed at supporting MAE actions to repatriate Romanian citizens in areas where Romania’s presence at consular level is reduced or non-existent, given that IOM has representatives in 480 areas/regions.

Established in 1951, the IOM is the main intergovernmental institution specialized in the field of migration, acting closely with government as well as inter-governmental and non-governmental partners.

With a membership of 175 states and including other 10 states with observer status, the IOM has offices in over 100 countries and dedicates its activity entirely to promoting regulated migration for general benefit by supplying consulting services to both governments and migrants.

IOM conducts its activity in four areas of migration management: migration and development, facilitating migration, regulating migration and forced migration.

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