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IOM Helps Combating People Smuggling and Human Trafficking in the Maldives

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Maldives has concluded a five-day capacity building training in Male for 26 frontline immigration and border control officers to combat people smuggling. The training is part of a broader project on Capacity Building in Migration Management in the Maldives funded by the IOM Development Fund. The project specifically aims to enhance the capacity of migration/border officials on adequate labour migration procedures and knowledge on human trafficking and smuggling, and improve protection of migrant workers and victims of trafficking through the establishment of victim referral and assistance mechanisms through training and support.

To support in the delivery of the first outcome, IOM’s Immigration and Border Management (IBM) Unit at the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) developed a five-day training module specially designed for frontline border control officials.  The training was delivered by IOM regional and international experts. The training provided the participants with an understanding of the phenomena of people smuggling and trafficking within the the international legal framework of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crimes (UNTOC) and its two related protocols against human smuggling and trafficking. Training modules covered a broad range of topics from document examination to interview techniques, profiling and identification of victims, corruption prevention and detection, health protection and repatriation procedures.

“This is the first time we have received such high caliber training in the Maldives. The training program has equipped our frontline border control officers with the necessary skills and knowledge to identify and intercept potential smuggled people at borders” said Aminath Rasheeda, Chief Principal Immigration Officer, Maldivian Department of Immigration and Emigration.

The Minister of Defence and National Security, Hon. Mohamed Nazim, the Controller of Immigration, and Emigration Alusthaz Hassan Ali and the President of Anti-Corruption Commission Mr. Hassan Luthfee participated and officially opened the training.

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