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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Vulnerable or Resilient? Vulnerable and Resilient! A Study of Two Disasters

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.

Call for Action: The Need to Include Short-term Migrants in Disaster Risk Reduction Efforts

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.

Migrant App - Effective Communication with Migrants Before and During Crisis

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.

Learning from Japan’s 3.11: Traditional Storytelling and Migrant Integration

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.

Mexico City, Mexico

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Mexico City – On April 9, 2018 the forum "Migration and Disasters in Mexico: Challenges and Perspectives" was held, convened by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, the National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) and the Immigration Policy Unit of the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB), with the aim of generating proposals on the inclusion of migrants in Comprehensive Risk Management.


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

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E-Learning for Consular Staff

Assisting nationals affected by crises abroad: An e-learning course for foreign service staff 

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Vulnerable or Resilient? Vulnerable and Resilient! A Study of Two Disasters