Monday, July 6, 2009

Celebrating World Refugee Day In Makassar

On May 24-25, 2009, IOM (International Organization for Migration) together with UNHCR invited all government and Int'l Organizations stakeholders as well as UN Agencies in Makassar, South Sulawesi Indonesia, to join in commemorating the refugee day. This reminding us that many people around the world are living in harsh situation. In Makassar, we had more than one hundred irregular migrants coming from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Some of them may happy that they have been recognized as refugees by UNHCR (United Nations for High Commisioner for Refugees).But for those who had been rejected, may face the cirlce of detention which us unknown when they can be released by government. They have two option: going back their country of origin or resettled in the stranded county where they being kept now. Regional Cooperations of relevants stakeholders is needed to solve this problem of irregular movement. Trans-national crimes is involved. Which is means people smuggling can be infliterated by gun smuggler, drugs smuggler, money laundry, terrorism and human trafficking.

Yosefina Tanggu Bore
Head of Office-IOM Makassar
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