International Dialogue on Migration 2017

Understanding migrant vulnerabilities: A solution-based approach towards

a global compact that reduces vulnerabilities and empowers migrants

18–19 July 2017

Conference room XVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

 Summary of Conclusions 

The International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) is the principal migration policy dialogue forum of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and is comprised of Member States and partner inter-governmental and non-governmental stakeholders. In consultation with Member States, IOM’s Director General decided to dedicate the two IDMs in 2017 to supporting Member State development of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) by providing an inclusive policy dialogue forum focused on key issues for consideration for the GCM.  IOM held its second IDM workshop of 2017 on the 18th and 19th of July 2017 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. It was the second workshop organized within the framework of the IDM 2017 and built on discussions held from 18-19 April 2017 in New York which focused on issues around global governance of migration. This workshop was dedicated to discussing the theme “Understanding migrant vulnerabilities: A solution-based approach towards a global compact that reduces vulnerabilities and empowers migrants.” The event gathered approximately 400 participants, representing governments, United Nations and other international and regional organizations, academia, the private sector, diaspora and migrant organizations, as well as civil society.  Over the course of two days, the workshop stimulated rich discussion on both the substance and the process leading to the development and planned consideration for the adoption of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) in 2018. The workshop provided an opportunity to consider migrants’ vulnerabilities and capacities, to guide appropriate policy, to discuss programmatic and operational responses to address vulnerabilities and to enhance migrant resilience through protection and assistance services. Participants highlighted that the Global Compact for Migration presents a historic opportunity to address issues linked to situations of vulnerability for migrants, addressing their causes, reviewing the protection systems available to migrants and identifying implementation gaps in those systems, fostering consensus on appropriate policy responses before, during and after migration, and developing frameworks for inter-agency cooperation and collaboration on policies to prevent, address and sustainably resolve situations of vulnerability. Throughout the workshop, many echoed that this is a unique opportunity to make concrete commitments to vulnerable populations to ensure that nobody is left behind.





On Friday, 9th of June 2017, the members of the photo jury convened at IOM Almaty, Sub regional Coordination Office for Central Asia under the IOM CA Photostory Project. The photographs of both categories were evaluated by three Central Asian experts and two invited jury members.

The Jury was composed of Dr. Irina Bogoslovskaya (art historian, art critic and writer-researcher from Uzbekistan), Dr. Gulmira Shalabayeva (Doctor of Philosophy, Professor, and Director of the State Museum of Arts named after Kasteyev from Kazakhstan), and Mr. Alimjan Jorobaev (art photographer from Kyrgyzstan) (for more information, please visit the IOM CA Photostory Website) and invited members, Mr. Timothy P. O’Connor, Political Officer representing the U.S Consulate General in Almaty, and Mr. Eugeny Chikin, IOM CA representative from Kyrgyzstan.

The evaluation process was based strictly on merit, all submissions were enumerated and no names or nationalities were disclosed during the process. The names were disclosed only after the evaluation process was completed. These are the winners from each category:

The selected photographs will be displayed through exhibitions opened to the public in Almaty (Kazakhstan), Astana (Kazakhstan), and Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). More details will be published in due time.





IOM /The UN Migration Agency, sub-regional co-ordination office for Central Asia, the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration, is launching the IOM Central Asia (IOM CA) PhotoStory Project -Migrants: An Invisible Force in Central Asia.

Portfolio Submissions can be made at

Deadline May 25 2017

The project include two elements: photography and story writing and invites University Students and Artists/Photographers (citizens of Central Asia) to submit photographs related to the theme Migrants: An Invisible Force in Central Asia. The theme aims to draw attention and stimulate dialogue around the theme of migration through powerful photography, story writing and open discussions with government and non-government stakeholders, societies and communities; its key goals are raising awareness on migrants’ rights, enhancing tolerance, eliminating xenophobia and racism towards migrants’ and migrant communities.

The project gives voice to the people of Central Asia to tell us what migration means through their photos and their stories. In a region where human mobility was always part of the nomadic life, modern citizens of Central Asia are becoming citizens of the world through migration within the region and beyond. Their migration stories depend on the choices they make and the challenges they encounter, on how they engage in the societies they join, and how societies receives them, on their search for a better life with dignity and respect of their rights.

All photographs revealing this underlying power in a realistic or symbolic form are welcome.

We kindly ask you to post announcement on your websites and/or Facebook pages, as well as circulate to your relevant emailing lists.

Should you wish additional information please do not hesitate to contact us at

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Sincerely Yours,

IOM/The UN Migration agency

Sub regional coordination office for Central Asia





The necessity of raising awareness among civil society in combating human trafficking and also the importance of its support and involvement is well-known  among  human trafficking theoreticians.  In practice, however, it is never done enough in this area of anti-trafficking struggle. 

In Astana, Kazakhstan, there are several events that have been recently organized in an attempt to help shelters for human trafficking. Some of these events were supported by the IOM Astana.

On November 18, 2011 in the Museum of Fine Art Astana a charity concert of Russian bard music “Hundred Roads by Serik & Kana  was organized by Olga Sosnina,  the IOM NGO coordinator and Marinka Franulovic , a trafficking expert. All proceeds from this concert were to purchase a kitchen for the newly open shelter in Petropavlovsk.

Over the last two years, the shelters of northern Kazakhstan have been supported by series of donations of second hand clothes, beddings, towels all thanks to donations from the Nazarbayev University Astana.  Another donation of the second hand bed covers, towels, chandeliers etc. was  provided by Rixos Astana.


Currently, the students of Nazarbayev University are organizing an anti-trafficking awareness event called “Walk a Mile Against a Wile”  to show that they actively stand against slavery today. The IOM provides informational anti-trafficking materials.

We hope that this well appreciated charity work will continue in the future for the benefits of those in need.