Colleagues and Friends,
It is with great pleasure that I present you the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Annual Report for 2008. This report summarizes the strategic and operational service responses of our many and varied programming activities in Indonesia in accordance with the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.
In 2008, IOM Indonesia built on its close working relationship with the Government of Indonesia and its traditional donors, tapping decades of experience in emergency response, post-conflict reintegration programming and technical expertise in the field of migration management. To improve the Government's capacity to employ appropriate strategies and technology to monitor and take action against irregular migration and address other critical issues such as human trafficking and smuggling, IOM supports national and regional capacity-building activities and provides direct assistance to migrants in need.
IOM's flexible and results-oriented approach has allowed the organization to establish itself as one of the major partners of the Indonesian Government and the international community in situations of internal displacement in Indonesia. IOM was one of the first international agencies working on the ground in Aceh after the 2004 Tsunami and continues to lead the way in providing post-disaster and post-conflict development assistance.
With almost 240 million people spread across an archipelago spanning 5,000 kilometres and comprising 17,600 islands, Indonesia is a prime source, destination and transit country for migrants with its porous borders and weaknesses in border and immigration management systems. It also experiences important internal migration flows due to constant labour movement, conflict and disasters.
Migration continues to be one of the defining global issues of this century, with more and more people on the move today than at any other point in human history. IOM's diverse programme architecture in Indonesia reflects these important and complex dynamics through capacity building and assistance in the field of migration management and by contributing to population stabilization after natural disasters, economic instability and conflict.
This report has been divided into three key operational areas which reflect the work of IOM in Indonesia:
Emergency and Post-Conflict Migration Management programming provides immediate and long-term assistance to displaced populations in post-disaster situations like those in Aceh and Java, and those affected by armed conflict, as has been the case in Aceh since the signing of the historic peace agreement in August 2005.
The broad category of Regulating Migration includes migration management capacity-building activities with our government partners, service delivery to stranded migrants, the reintegration of thousands of victims of human trafficking, and a nation-wide police training to support of the Indonesian National Police reform programme.
Migration Health covers the orderly and voluntary return of medical evacuees in post-disaster situations, and extends to training, research and direct mental and psychological assistance to migrants in distress - including victims of conflict, disaster and human trafficking in Indonesia.
We are determined that IOM Indonesia will continue to meet the challenges and outstanding needs of vulnerable and mobile populations throughout the archipelago. We are committed to working with the Government of Indonesia in developing new sustainable programmes and projects to maintain our effective and holistic management of migration issues and intend to pursue this important task with the same energy and motivation in years to come.