The Biometrics Institute and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that formalized closer collaboration on shared priorities, including promoting the responsible use of biometrics in a broad range of areas. The MoU outlines the scope of the intended cooperation and priority areas of interest. The MoU will aid the two institutions’ efforts to respond in a coordinated way to new and emerging challenges such as security requirements, accessibility to safe transport modes for migrants and refugees, increased international cross-border mobility, health challenges linked to international mobility, as well as flight security and facilitation.
“We have worked tirelessly at establishing closer links with international organisations, such as IOM, to reach out into countries that will benefit from the sharing of best-practice for biometrics,” explained Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive, Biometrics Institute. “Our expertise and trainer resources will contribute to strengthening the competencies of IOM staff in the biometrics area, as well as developing and implementing new projects with a biometrics component.” Earlier this week, a report by Devex discussed how United Nations agencies tracking displaced individuals are increasingly using biometric registration to better target aid.