It is with great pleasure that I present you with IOM Indonesia's 2009 Annual Report. The Report summarizes our mission's strategic and operational services across Indonesia over the last 12 months. It also describes IOM's programming activities, which engage with Indonesia's diverse societies and cultures to manage the cross-cutting effects of both internal and external migration.
IOM Indonesia is currently one of the Organization's largest global missions. With a population of almost 240 million across an archipelago spanning 5,000 kilometres and comprising 17,600 islands, Indonesia is a prime source, destination, and transit country for migrants. Internally, complex migration patterns are influenced by natural disasters, conflict, and demands for labour in what is a rapidly developing country.
In 2009, IOM Indonesia has built on its close working relationship with the Government of Indonesia, local Indonesian government institutions, partners in the non-government sector, and local communities to support national and regional capacity-building efforts and to provide direct assistance to migrants in need. We have built on the strengths of our history in Indonesia to grow our operations in accordance with the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.
IOM's rapid, flexible approach has established it as a major partner in the Government of Indonesia's responses to disasters and the displacement of internal populations. In Aceh in 2004, Yogyakarta in 2006, Padang in 2007 and again in 2009 following another devastating earthquake in West Sumatra, IOM has been at the forefront of emergency response and development assistance efforts in Indonesia.
The coming decades will see migration increasingly represent the complex issues facing human society at the local, national, and international levels. From migration health assessment services to the provision of shelter for victims of human trafficking, from IOM's Indonesian National Police human rights training to our support of livelihoods development in remote, conflict affected communities, the diversity of IOM's programme architecture reflects IOM's adaptability of approach and our long experience in the area of migration.
This report is divided into five key sections that represent the operational areas of IOM Indonesia:
Movement, Emergency and Post-Crisis Management looks at IOM's disaster responses to the West Sumatra earthquakes in 2009, tracking IOM's emergency and post-emergency operations activities. IOM's logistical expertise placed IOM at the centre of the emergency response to the West Sumatran earthquake, with IOM overseeing the movement of thousands of tonnes of aid throughout the affected region in the days and weeks following the disaster. This section also looks at the ongoing post-conflict reintegration and post-tsunami emergency assistance programmes in Aceh, and the Central Java earthquake post-emergency assistance activities in Yogyakarta and surrounds.
IOM's Migration Health programme spans a broad array of health activities, from the orderly and voluntary return of medical evacuees in post-disaster situations to the provision of direct medical and psychosocial assistance to migrants in distress, including victims of conflict, natural disasters, and of human trafficking.
In the area of Migration and Development IOM has built on our ongoing research on the effects of remittance corridors on Indonesian development efforts, and has been instrumental in expanding understanding of the corridors throughout the Indonesian region.
Regulating Migration looks at IOM's programmes in counter human trafficking and our work with the Indonesian law enforcement sector to enhance technical cooperation on migration management and capacity building in the areas of migration and human rights throughout Indonesia. With irregular migration on the rise across the region, IOM continues to assist irregular migrants in Indonesia through the provision of vital services including health assistance and voluntary returns.
In 2009, IOM's strong working relationship with the Indonesian law enforcement sector culminated in the release of five major resources: an updated Guidelines for Law Enforcement and the Protection of Victims of Trafficking in Handling Traficking in Persons Cases, a new Manual for Officers Handling People Smuggling and Other People Smuggling Related Crimes, and three comprehensive training curricula tailored to the INP, public prosecutors, and judges dealing with cases of human trafficking.
Finally, Facilitating Migration describes IOM's labour migration programme and our work protecting and supporting Indonesian migrant workers at home and abroad.
IOM Indonesian looks forward to building upon our strong working relationship with our government partners, donors, non-government partners and beneficiaries in the coming year, and to ensuring that migration benefits both migrants and society.
Chief of Mission
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