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.

Read more

Repository of practices

Santiago, Chile

Santiago – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in its role as secretariat of the Migrants in Countries in Crisis Initiative (MICIC), carried out a training of trainers on the integration of migrants in the emergency preparedness, response and recovery systems in host countries.

The workshop, held last week (26-28/7) in Santiago, Chile provided training to representatives from the governments of Chile and Ecuador and different national institutions including humanitarian partners and civil society.

Living with Vulnerability: Preparing Migrants for Crisis

As resilient as I know migrant communities to be, they can still easily be among the worst affected by natural disasters, extreme violence or armed conflict. They have certain heightened vulnerabilities specifically because they are migrants. Whether in cities or in rural settings, migrants frequently fall through the cracks of national and international crisis warning systems and emergency response. They are more often than not less prepared than their neighbours and are more exposed to hazards.

Preparing New York City’s Diverse Communities for Emergencies

Cities thrive because of their vibrant and diverse communities. In many migrant communities, factors such as culture, language, immigration status, and community isolation contribute to higher levels of vulnerability to the effects of emergencies. Disseminating relevant, culturally-appropriate emergency preparedness information to migrant populations is critical to building resilience. Effective emergency management in urban areas depends on creating links to these communities and offering the tools and information they need to be prepared.

Manila, Philippines

Governments in Asia are taking steps to better protect migrants caught in countries experiencing humanitarian crises, like natural disasters, conflict and armed violence.

Pretoria, South Africa

Pretoria 16 May 2017 – Representatives of National Disaster Risk Management, Civil Protection and Emergency Management institutions from Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) member states and other key stakeholders discussed practical approaches to include migrants in emergency preparedness, response and recovery during a two-day workshop on 15-16 May in Pretoria, South Africa.

Kampala, Uganda

Kampala, Uganda - May 14th: In a continent characterized by a long history of cross-border migration, migrants’ specific sets of vulnerabilities pose particular challenges to any crisis preparedness, response and recovery mechanisms. Factors such as language, migration status, isolation, limited social networks and means, and lack of appropriate services all add on to migrants’ vulnerability in a country experiencing crisis.

Almaty, Kazakhstan

The training on Protecting Migrants in Emergencies is co-hosted by IOM’s Sub-Regional Coordination Office for Central Asia and the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction. 

Capacity Building Tools

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

Read more


Smuggled to Yemen, Dealing with Conflict