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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UN Migration Agency Supports Voluntary Humanitarian Return of 243 Guinean Migrants from Libya

Conakry - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, recently topped 10,000 rescued migrants repatriated from Libya under IOM’s Voluntary Humanitarian Return programme. Since March 2015, when the return programme was launched, returns have taken place to 30 different countries with a total of 13,530 men, women and children returning home to their families.

Ethiopia begins civil registration for refugees – UN agencies

27 October 2017 – In an historic first, starting Friday, all refugees in Ethiopia will be able to register their vital life events, including birth, death, marriage and divorce, directly with national authorities, the United Nations refugee agency announced.

“This is a historic first and a ground-breaking development for refugee protection in Ethiopia, not previously realized over decades,” Babar Baloch, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said at the regular press briefing in Geneva.

Caught in Conflict without Travel Documents. Migrants in Yemen Cross into Saudi Arabia, Hoping to be Deported

In early October, three Ethiopian boys in Yemen told IOM, the UN Migration Agency, “we miss our family and can no longer stay here.”


They had spent seven long months at IOM’s migrant shelter in Aden waiting for a legal way of returning home to Ethiopia. After they spoke these words, the boys left the shelter to attempt the dangerous journey to Saudi Arabia, crossing a country embroiled in armed conflict. Their thinking — deportation will be easier.

UN Migration, Refugee Agencies Help 134 Somali Refugees Get Home from Yemen

Yemen  IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in coordination with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has organized the transportation of 134 Somalis refugees, 73 adults (40 men and 33 women) and 61 children (29 boys and 32 girls), home to Somalia from war-torn Yemen. The boat carrying the refugees left the port of Aden yesterday (23/10) and will arrive today (24/10) at the Somali port of Berbera. After 20 hours of travel across the Arabian sea, the group will be met by IOM and UNHCR staff to assist their onward journey home.

Outreach and Casework: The Heart of Humanitarian Assistance for Migrants and Refugees in Countries in Crisis

The Libyan uprising of 2011 resulted in a complex and massive mixed population movement of migrants, including refugees, highlighting the central role that outreach and casework have during crises. The humanitarian response that followed is often cited as the watershed moment that led to the development of the Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) Initiative and resulting Guidelines to Protect Migrants in Countries Experiencing Conflict or Natural Disaster.


Costa Rica repatria 36 costarricenses tras el paso del huracán María por Puerto Rico

Tras el paso del huracán María por las islas del Caribe, un grupo de 36 costarricenses regresaron a su país desde Puerto Rico. El Gobierno de Costa Rica realizó esta gestión de carácter humanitario, gracias al trabajo coordinado entre el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto y la Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME), con el aporte solidario de la Aerolínea Volaris Costa Rica y el acompañamiento de la OIM.

South Korea

Seoul - In South Korea, migrants are some of the most neglected and marginalized groups during emergency situations. Due to language barriers, restrictions on mobility, limited social networks, and limited familiarity with the local emergency response practices and procedures, migrants are more likely to be left behind during crises. This prevents them from accessing facilities, services, and information needed to ensure their safety.

UN Migration Agency Providing Emergency Support to Thousands of Migrants Affected by Sabratha Conflict

Sabratha – In the aftermath of weeks of conflict in the Libyan coastal city of Sabratah, IOM, the UN Migration Agency is providing support to more than 14,000 migrants, previously held in numerous informal detention centres and camps and now transferred to Zuwara and an assembly point in Sabratha.

Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone - This workshop, which was the first of its kind in Botswana, was organised and facilitated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM Botswana) in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO). Given the wide array of stakeholders that are involved in disaster preparedness and emergency management in the country, the workshop attracted participation from the National Disaster Management Office, organisations such as SADC Secretariat, UNICEF, UNDP, Botswana Red Cross and IOM.

Capacity Building Tools

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

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