29 Apr The International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Mental Health Issues Addressed
IOM has maintained an effective office in Trinidad and Tobago since 2006. Following a migration assessment in 2005 and at the request of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, IOM’s project for Strengthening Technical Capacity in Trinidad and Tobago (STC in T&T) worked to bolster the capabilities of the Immigration Division and other law enforcement agencies of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The US State Department-funded project, which began in 2006 and ended in late 2008, focused on irregular transit migration by third-country nationals, as well as significantly contributed to national and bilateral efforts to enhance regional security.
The programme focused on four main areas:
- Providing analysis and advice to ensure adoption of international best practices, migration laws, policies and procedures;
- Designing and incorporating a comprehensive training regimen for immigration officials;
- Providing technical advice and assistance to complement the introduction of a new automated integrated border control system conforming to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards; and
- Providing advice to assist with contingency planning for sudden mass migration outflows in the Caribbean region.
The project team worked closely with the Ministry of National Security. IOM oversaw the implementation of the STC in T&T project and undertook complementary actions in areas such as human trafficking, labour migration and other areas of migration management.