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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Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Masvingo - On 20 and 21 June 2017, IOM Zimbabwe supported a National Stakeholder’s Workshop on Protecting Migrants in Emergencies at Flamboyant Hotel in Masvingo. The workshop was conducted under the Migrants in Countries in Crisis Initiative framework and aimed at strengthening the capacity of national stakeholders with disaster and emergency management functions to include migrants in the emergency and disaster preparedness and response plans to ensure protection of migrants in the event of a crisis.

Vulnerable Migrants, Conflict-affected Yemenis to Benefit from Enhanced Humanitarian Support

Sana’a – Today (15/08), IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and partners are announcing three new major interagency humanitarian programmes in Yemen targeting 255,354 people, including stranded vulnerable migrants and conflict-affected people. 

More than two years of conflict has devastated Yemen leaving 18.8 million people in need of assistance and protection, including 10.3 million who are in acute need of live-saving support. The protracted conflict is rapidly pushing the country towards social, economic and institutional collapse.

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is today (8 August) organizing a workshop for over 100 consular officials from the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on how to assist Thai nationals abroad in times of crisis.

The Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) workshop is taking place during the Thai MFA’s World Consuls’ Meeting, which is being held from 7–10 August in Bangkok.

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.

Capacity Building Tools

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

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