Protecting Sustainable Livelihoods with Innovative Border Security
Demonstrating how security interventions can take migration considerations into account to enhance development outcomes, the EU-funded 'Mainstreaming Migration into International Cooperation and Development' (MMICD) project implemented by IOM developed a video to showcase this #MigrationConnection. The video highlights the work of the Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) funded by the Marshallese Government and supported by IOM.
“We are a very busy port and a very small workforce. That is probably one of the biggest challenges now … We are using a system that the Government just invested in, which is called the Migration Information and Data Analysis System.”
Damien Jacklick, Director, Division of Immigration for the Republic of the Marshall Islands
The MIDAS border management system developed by IOM is the first of its kind in the Pacific region. Through the mobile system and the training provided, the initiative strengthens border management capacities to collect, process, store, and analyse relevant information in real time and across an entire border network. As such, MIDAS has helped the Government to more effectively monitor those entering and exiting their territory, while providing a sound statistical basis for migration policy-related planning.
“If the larger system is not working properly, to monitor and maintain those resources within the open ocean, it will have an impact on our sustainable livelihoods which is one of the most important things for everyone living in the Marshall Islands.”
Angela Saunders, Head of Sub Office, IOM Republic of the Marshall Islands