Ten-year-old Charlie sat in the front row and refused all invitations to join the kids’ corner. A son of a migrant agricultural worker from southern Mexico, Charlie began attending LISTOS’ class with his mother. He was engaged, interested and eagerly participated in class activities. While Charlie was too young to be considered an “official student” of the LISTOS training, that did not discourage him from being present each session.
Derived from the input of States, civil society, international organizations and private sector actors, these voluntary and non-binding Guidelines to Protect Migrants in Countries Experiencing Conflict or Natural Disaster reflect the outcome of the MICIC Initiative.
Repository of practices
The ongoing conflict in Yemen has induced large-scale displacement of the Yemeni population, and affected thousands of migrants in the country or those arriving to the shores of Yemen albeit of the ongoing conflict. Although the civil war has ravaged Yemen since 2015, the country still receives a monthly average of 10,000 irregular migrants from the Horn of Africa.
The Checklist is a part of the toolkit developed by the IOM to provide technical guidance for the operationalization of the MICIC Initiative Guidelines.
When Hurricane Odile passed through the tourist zone of Los Cabos, Baja California Sur in 2014, it affected 26,000 foreign tourists and 4,000 Mexican tourists.
Over the last decades, Thailand, an upper middle-income country with an impressive history of economic growth, has attracted migrants from Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar and countries further afield. Migrants currently account for an estimated 6‒8 per cent of the Thai labour force – mostly working in factories in the construction sector or in informal jobs in agriculture, fisheries, services and domestic work.
Migrants face great risks and pressures in their lives, even in “normal” times. They suffer greater prevalence of health problems, work in unsafe conditions, and earn low and uncertain incomes that contribute to higher poverty rates than native-born individuals. Our own experience researching the financial needs of migrants has taught us firsthand that these many immediate worries, together with migrants’ concerns about the safety and wellbeing of their families at home, constantly compete for their attention and money.
On 2 January 2017, the Migration Response Center in Obock, northern Djibouti received four migrants from Yemen, who were seriously injured following an airstrike. Since early 2015 more than 30,000 persons have transited through Djibouti to return to their country of origin.
Sharing early implementation stories, the participants at Sunday’s Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) Initiative event showed how practical applications of the MICIC Guidelines are already leading to better preparedness in countries with an important migrant presence.