MINSK, 30 July (BelTA) – The Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Belarus and Viber are launching a joint initiative on safe migration. A partnership agreement was signed by them in Minsk on 30 July, the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, BelTA has learned.
The project offers a new form of providing information about human trafficking and tips on safe migration and stay overseas. Viber is launching a community ‘IOM Belarus' to provide regular updates on migration-related matters and useful tips. The service will be available 24/7.
Head of the Office of the International Organization for Migration in Belarus Zeinal Hajiyev emphasized the importance of such partnership. In his words, it will make a considerable contribution to efforts to combat human trafficking in Belarus, as it will reach out to a large target audience and become an innovative addition to existing hotlines on safe migration (8-801-201-5555 and 113).
Veronika Kesova, Executive Officer, Project Manager at Viber Media, Belarus, said that the company prioritizes the protection of interests, health and safety of people. “This messenger is among the most popular in Belarus (it is used by more than half of the country's population and by many Belarusians living abroad). Apart from its direct function of helping people stay in touch, it also allows communicating problems and getting the necessary help. We hope that the community will help users avoid emergency situations and get adequate information about safe travelling abroad,” Veronika Kesova said.