Guidelines

 
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.

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"We cannot keep everyone safe," U.N. warns as Rohingya brace for monsoon

LONDON, Feb 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid agencies are reinforcing shelters, moving latrines and providing search and rescue training in the world's biggest refugee settlement in Bangladesh before monsoon rains strike in April, bringing deadly landslides and floods.

The United Nations migration agency warned that flash floods could wash away fragile shelters, housing about 100,000 refugees and local families, in congested camps in Cox's Bazar providing sanctuary for Rohingya who have fled neighbouring Myanmar.

Location: 
Samut Sakhon, Thailand

On 15 December, a one-day training was piloted in the Samut Sakhon province to build the capacity of migrant worker communities in preparedness and response to possible crisis situations. The activity was organized by IOM in collaboration with the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) of Thailand. Samut Sakhon was selected as a target province based on the high number of migrant workers (200,000 Myanmar nationals estimated).

Aid groups race against Bangladesh's looming monsoons to protect Rohingya camps from floods, landslides

BANGKOK — Severe weather could further devastate an already dire situation in Cox’s Bazar, where aid groups are scrambling to better prepare the overcrowded, hilly Rohingya refugee settlements for flooding and landslides.

As Bangladesh nears cyclone season, which will see heavy rain and high wind tear out of the Bay of Bengal from March through July, the humanitarian response in the world’s largest refugee camp could quickly turn from immense challenge to catastrophe, aid groups warn.

IOM’s GMDAC, European Commission to Create Big Data for Migration Alliance

Berlin – The European Commission Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD) and IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) are planning to create a Big Data for Migration Alliance (BD4M) to address the challenges of having and exploiting migration data and to increase investments into data innovation in the field of migration.

Jamaica to develop statistical migration database

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) will be developing a national statistical migration database this fiscal year as it continues work on the formulation of a National Policy and Plan of Action on International Migration and Development. 

The project aims to build the capacity of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to implement the national plan of action. It also seeks public ownership and participation in the implementation of the action plan.

IOM identifies over 700.000 immigrants in Libya in February 2018

In the 17th round of DTM Libya data collection taking place in January and February 2018, IOM identified 704,142 migrants in Libya. Migrants were identified in 99 Municipal Councils and 551 branch municipalities and originating from up to 40 countries.

In addition to those identified in urban and rural settings migrants in Libya were also recorded in detention centers. Based on DTM’s latest data, the number of migrants in Libya’s Detention Centers is 4,443 individuals (15/02/18)*.

‘Migrant TripAdvisor’ app helps new arrivals navigate Italy, stay safe

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new smartphone app aims to help migrants in Italy find hospitals, schools and police stations at the press of a button – and quickly seek help if they face abuse or exploitation.

More than 600,000 migrants have reached Italy from North Africa in the last four years, many fleeing war and poverty.

Surveys show Italians are increasingly uneasy with the influx, and immigration has become the main battleground in campaigning for the nation’s March 4 parliamentary elections.

From Assistance to Engagement: Involving Migrants in Health Emergency Planning Best Assures Their Safety

Migrants are among one of the most vulnerable groups in Maldivian society. They make up just under 25 per cent (94,086 people as per UN 2015 mid-year stocks) of the country’s total population. An additional estimated 25,000 irregular migrants also live in Maldives. Most migrants enter Maldives through regular means but some overstay their visas. The vast majority of migrants come from Bangladesh (58%), India (24%) and Sri Lanka (10%) and 92 per cent are male,  many of whom are employed in unskilled labour in the construction and tourism industries.

Nazir Mohammed

KWAME DANSO, Ghana, Feb 6 2018 (IPS) - Thirty-year-old Nazir Mohammed sits on one of the two sofas in his single room in Kwame Danso, a small town about 290 kilometres north of Ghana’s capital Accra, reflecting on life back in Libya.

“Libya offers great economic opportunities to West African migrants, but the human rights abuse, especially of dark-skinned Africans, is real. I will not advise even my enemy to go to Libya,” Mohammed says.

Capacity-Building

IOM has developed and piloted a series of capacity building tools for migrants' home and host countries.

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E-Learning for Consular Staff

Assisting nationals affected by crises abroad: An e-learning course for foreign service staff 

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