The general consensus amongst those who study disasters is that vulnerable people lack resilience. To see whether this is true, we conducted a study with linguistic minorities affected by the 2010–2011 earthquakes in Canterbury, New Zealand and the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake in Tohoku. Previous work has shown that linguistic minorities are often socially vulnerable. They may earn less and be poorer than majority groups, face everyday discriminations and harassment, and experience greater levels of prejudice.
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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New Zealand attracts many migrants, particularly international students, who move there for short periods of time to study. New Zealand is also prone to a variety of hazards, including earthquakes and floods. Migrants are often disproportionately impacted during disasters due to various vulnerabilities, such as limited access to resources and language barriers. However, in many cases they also possess capacities that can help them cope with a disaster, including strong social networks and prior disaster experience.
Thousands of buildings in the Southern Mexican state of Oaxaca were destroyed by a powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake in September 2017. At least 98 people lost their lives nationwide. A week later, Hurricane Max caused large waves, floods, mudslides and sinkholes in the state of Guerrero.
Extreme natural events are common in Central America. In fact, the entire Mesoamerica region—an important migratory corridor—is prone to natural disasters that can cause considerable damage to households and communities.
I’m originally from Rome, but I have been living in Tokyo since 2011. This wasn't my first time in Japan — I had visited the country in 2002 for a couple of months. Back then, I had just started to learn Japanese and I decided to come and get an idea of what the country was like.
Mexico City - 32 officials from 10 countries that make up the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM), met on June 6 and 7 to strengthen their capacities and exchange experiences on the protection of migrants in countries affected by natural disasters.
I moved to Japan in August of 2011, just after the Great East Earthquake and Tsunami known as 3.11 destroyed 400 kilometres of coastal Northeast Japan. Like many people, I continued living in Tokyo after the disaster, unaware of what was going on only a couple of hundreds of kilometres north of the city where the bulk of the devastation took place.
This matrix can be used in conjuction with the "Information Gathering Tool - Community Organizations" to build a directory of relevant local actors that provide services to migrants in ordinary times and in the event of an emergency.
Yemen – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, continues to help stranded migrants in Yemen return home, with the latest of its humanitarian return movements taking place this week (12/03) – one from Al Hudaydah for 41 Ethiopian migrants and a Croatian migrant and the other from Aden for 144 Somali refugees.
“I came to Libya in 1985, and spent my first nine years in a small town called Surman. I was working as a nurse in the city’s main hospital. I came with my husband, when he first got a job with a company here, and my son. During my stay, God blessed me with a second child. It was nice to have a girl in the family.