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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2011 was a point of personal and academic transition for me. Having relocated to Japan to pursue graduate studies, my arrival coincided with the devastating Great East Japan earthquake in March. The tragedy pushed me to refocus my field of study on the impacts of natural and man-made disasters on migrants. Over the following six years, one thing became clear to me:
to increase the resilience of migrants in times of disaster, we must tap into their social capital.
Somalia - With the ongoing conflict in Yemen, Somalis are returning home by the hundreds. To assist returning Somalis to better reintegrate and to promote peaceful coexistence between the returnees and their host communities, IOM, the UN Migration Agency donated fishing equipment and boats to local fishing cooperatives in Mogadishu.
Paris – The first International Forum on Migration Statistics begins today (15/01) in Paris. The Forum, organized jointly by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) gathers close to 700 statisticians, researchers, policy makers and representatives from civil society.
MEXICO CITY — As winter cold sweeps over parts of Mexico, authorities there are issuing travel warnings and, they say, stepping up aid for migrants traversing dangerous routes.
With frost and snowfall reported in the country's northern and northeastern regions, the National Institute of Migration took to Twitter on Tuesday to warn travelers to take "extreme precautions to prevent respiratory diseases, hypothermia, injuries and falls when traveling along little-trafficked routes. Do not risk your life!"
By: Frank Laczko
Peter Sutherland, who died yesterday aged 71, was a giant on the international stage and a powerful advocate for migration as key to global cooperation, international dialogue and economic well-being.
An Irish citizen, he distinguished himself as a leading United Nations diplomat and advocate for migration, EU Commissioner and global trade negotiator. But if known as “the father of globalization,” for his work founding the World Trade Organization, Sutherland was most passionate about migration.
Aden – During the final days of 2017, IOM, the UN Migration Agency succeeded in completing two movements of stranded Somalis and Ethiopians out of Yemen, despite immense security challenges and difficult sea conditions. Two boats were deployed, one headed to Aden to evacuate Somali refugees, while the other went to Hudaydah to evacuate Ethiopians, who were considered especially vulnerable due to the dangers of rising violence near that port city.
This past July, unexpected torrential downpours flooded many towns in South Korea. The heavy rain damaged some cities previously thought to be safe from floods, such as Incheon and Cheongju. These events reminded us that we should all be prepared for potential natural and man-made disasters. In the light of this, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in partnership with the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, organized a series of disaster preparedness training sessions for migrants.
Berlin — Germany’s Federal Foreign Office and IOM, the UN Migration Agency’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) will launch today (15/12) the Migration Data Portal in Berlin. The Migration Data Portal brings together the key facts and figures about global migration trends in one place for the first time.
“Especially in critical times, such as those we are facing today, it is our task to ensure that responses to migration are based on sound facts and accurate analysis,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.