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.
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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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.
Bad weather and frost do not stop the desperate who cross mountain passes at 2000 meters: twelve saved yesterday, some without shoes and gloves. On the panel warnings in all languages and drawings that explain the dangers [article in Italian only].
Recientes crisis humanitarias han demostrado que las personas migrantes a menudo se encuentran entre quienes más sufren durante estas situaciones, sean provocadas por conflictos o desastres naturales. Con la creciente movilidad internacional y un número sin precedentes de personas desplazadas por conflictos, violencia y desastres, actualmente la mayoría de países albergan algún tipo de población migrante. En Mesoamérica habitan más de 2 millones de inmigrantes.
By Aidan Lewis (Reuters). Originally published by Reuters.com, here.
TUNIS (Reuters) - The United Nations migration agency is stepping up the rate at which it flies migrants home from Libya, aiming to evacuate up to 15,000 in the final month of the year.
Major airlift underway as IOM starts flying 15,000 more migrants from Libya before year end.
Geneva – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing has committed IOM to fully support this week’s initiative of the African Union with the European Union and Libya’s Government of National Unity, with UN backing to alleviate the plight of thousands of migrants trapped in Libya.
Many migrants and refugees found themselves caught between warring parties and zones in Yemen. They fled out the Horn of Africa seeking a safer haven however they found themselves trapped in the middle of the war, without a way out.
Southern Africa is a region vulnerable to a range of hazards, currently experiencing one of the worst drought disasters and food security crisis in modern history. Subject to development challenges, including economic and human development, the region’s vulnerability to disasters is further exacerbated and threatening already gained development achievements.