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International Organization of Migration I 

Writer Jasmine C.

In the committee International Organization of Migration I , there were about 20-25 delegates and chairs inside. We started off with a speech from our keynote speaker, Alexander Khomenko. He mentioned how families clashed politically over differences in access to the media. He also talked about the ups and downs he faced while organizing protests, marches, and events, to support Ukraine. Many people showed up to the protests and marches, but he had problems getting a permit for marches. However, his efforts to help Ukraine and raise awareness about the war were eventually recognized and seen by Ukraine. His speech inspired everyone, all of whom were impressed by his efforts to organize events to support Ukraine - his home.  His impactful speech before the opening speeches and debate inspired and motivated the delegates, which proved to be very important and beneficial.  


After the keynote speaker finished his speech, the delegates began to deliver their opening speeches.  Many delegates mentioned  in their opening speeches how the media often overlooked migrant abuse and how the topic should have received more attention. Later on, they splitted into groups of around four to five delegates and combined their ideas to draft a resolution. The chairs went around the room and helped the delegates who were confused or needed assistance. The chairs helped delegates generate ideas on how to work together and gave them useful tips. After lunch, the conversation continued, and the debate became lively. The delegates were more comfortable with each other and started to share ideas openly through conversations. 


    When the debate started, the delegates were slightly nervous and hesitant to speak. The room was quiet and had a tense atmosphere. All delegates behaved respectfully and carefully listened to each others’ speeches and points of informations. The delegates were discussing possible solutions on how governments could monitor refugees and how refugees can find shelter and food in their new homes, and more. There were disagreements in the debate along the way, but delegates resolved it peacefully with a consensus. 


    On day two, delegates worked on their amendments and resolutions, similar to yesterday. The room became quiet again as the delegate discontinued to work hard. After a while, debate convened. The delegate of Nigeria started the debate and agreed with the stance of the resolution. Delegates such as Germany, South Africa, and more had questions about the delegate of Nigeria’s clauses and asked through points of information in a respectful manner. The first amendment did not pass but the second one did with votes of 11 “for” and 9 “against". The debate over the two days was really well and delegates contributed to the common goal of developing resolutions to their topic.

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