OKSANA KOLIADA: REINTEGRATION OF IDPs AND ENSURING THE RIGHTS OF CITIZENS RESIDING AT TOT - STRATEGIC GOAL OF THE MINISTRY
During the presentation of yet another round of research of the International Organization for Migration (hereinafter referred to as «IOM») on the situation of IDPs in Ukraine, the reintegration of internally displaced persons into communities and ensuring all the rights of citizens living in temporarily occupied territories, as well as their reintegration into the legal and cultural space of Ukraine is one of the strategic goals of the Ministry according to Oksana Koliada
«Conducting research work on problems and needs of internally displaced persons of Ukraine will help us understand what should be the way ahead and what assistance, services we should provide in the near future», ‒ noted Oksana Koliada, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine.
Kateryna Ardanyan, Program Manager, IOM, Representative Office in Ukraine, noted that the organization she represents is ready to further support the Government and people of Ukraine in solving problems arising from long-term movements and in finding long-term solutions for conflict-affected communities.
«The results of regular IOM surveys confirm that it is necessary to continue humanitarian assistance and at the same time work to reduce risks and vulnerabilities, and for this we need effective cooperation in combining humanitarian issues with development issues», ‒ noted Kateryna Ardanyan.
Minister Oksana Koliada encouraged all interested to join the discussion on the implementation of the relevant plan, which will be published on the official website of the Ministry in the near future:
«Our Ministry is open for cooperation with non-governmental organizations. We will not do anything without taking into account the opinions of those for whom we work, so I encourage everyone who works on the topics of internally displaced persons or ensuring the rights or interests of people residing at TOT to join our team and work with us together».
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*Since March 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in cooperation with the Ministry of Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine and the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, has been conducting a regular research «National Monitoring System for IDPs in Ukraine» (NMS).
The purpose of the NMS is to support the Ukrainian Government in collecting and analyzing information on the socio-economic characteristics of IDPs and their households, as well as the challenges they face.
During research the information on the socio-economic data of IDPs and their households, tendencies and intentions regarding displacement, the situation with employment and income, as well as access to social services and assistance is collected in 24 regions of Ukraine and Kyiv.