DSC 0491 editIACA, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and Austria addressed the topic of systemic corruption within the migration context at a well-attended joint side event in Vienna this week. It took place during the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and the Protocols Thereto.

The side event aimed to facilitate dialogue among key policymakers and stakeholders on the impact of corruption on migration, and to explore its potential impact on migration governance.

Issues discussed included potential forms of corruption during the migration process, corruption-related challenges faced by migrants during their often arduous journey from their home country to their country of destination, good practices and initiatives, and recommendations to address systemic corruption within the migration context.

Speakers came from the Federal Ministry of the Interior of Austria, the IOM Regional Office in Vienna, the Office of the National Security Adviser of Nigeria, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and IACA.

In its statement during the Conference’s general discussion, IACA noted that “preventing and fighting corruption in a migration context requires strong international cooperation and partnerships, as well as recognition of the importance of a human rights-based approach”.

IACA reaffirmed its full commitment to “raising awareness of how corruption affects migration and to helping states address this serious problem more effectively”. It also highlighted the relevance of partnerships for substantially reducing corruption and bribery in all their forms, including in the migration context, as per the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Conference closes on Friday 19 October.