iDiaspora Photo Contest

Photo ContestiDiaspora Photo Contest, International Organization for Migration, Geneva, Switzerland. Deadline: 4 November 2022.

iDiaspora photo contextThe International Organization for Migration (IOM) and IBER-RUTAS – Program that aims to contribute to the promotion of cultural diversity in Ibero-America for the protection of migrants’ rights from an intercultural perspective – invite professional and amateurs photographers to participate in the iDiaspora Photo Contest. Through this activity, the IOM and IBER-RUTAS seek to highlight the socio-cultural contributions of diasporas and migrant communities around the world and recognize their talent.

The principal theme of the contest is “Diaspora.” The IOM defines Diaspora as “Migrants or descendants of migrants whose identity and sense of belonging, either real or symbolic, have been shaped by their migration experience and background. They maintain links with their homelands, and to each other, based on a shared sense of history, identity, or mutual experiences in the destination country.”

(For further information on the topic, see Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 62: Diaspora.)


IOM: International Careers for a Social Purpose (Online Job Fair)


International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations, is holding an online job fair, June 3, 2021.


IOM writes: “We are constantly looking for professionals with a wide variety of skills and educational backgrounds. For example: finance and budget, human resourced management, procurement and logistics, health professionals, information technology, project management, legal experts, monitoring and evaluation, communications, migration and border management, fundraising and many more; to work in our more than 400 offices located around the world.

Professionals from any nationality can apply to our positions, but we are especially interested in having applicants from our non-Represented Member States. IOM takes care of all work permit formalities once a candidate is selected for an international position. You can find all open vacancies here and we invite you to check back as every Friday more vacancies are published. Our event will be open for 8 hours straight in order to accommodate various time zones. We look forward to meeting you.”

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the UN entity charged with supporting governments and migrants worldwide, to ensure safe and orderly migration. 

Using Technology to Aid Migration: MigApp

Applied ICDWith 250 million international migrants, and 750 million internal migrants, 1 in 7 people in the world now is a migrant (MigApp Data Sheet, 2017). The International Organization for Migration (IOM, the UN migration agency) has developed MigApp to provide a platform for migrants to use in sharing their experiences, as well as to access verified and accurate information. Migrants also gain a translation tool to use with healthcare professionals and a low-cost way to transfer money (necessary because international migrants from developing countries send home over USD$600 billion annually.). Governments gain a platform to use in directly informing migrants of policies, such as visa regulations. IOM gains a tool to get information about their programs directly to migrants, learn what information is most useful, and what else is needed by the population they serve.

IOM Definition of “Migrant”“IOM defines a migrant as any person who is moving or has moved across an international border or within a State away from his/her habitual place of residence, regardless of (1) the person’s legal status; (2) whether the movement is voluntary or involuntary; (3) what the causes for the movement are; or (4) what the length of the stay is. IOM concerns itself with migrants and migration‐related issues and, in agreement with relevant States, with migrants who are in need of international migration services.”

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