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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Repository of practices

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.

Beijing, China

On 6-7 February, IOM Beijing hosted a two-day seminar on mixed migration flows under the framework of the European Union (EU)-China Dialogue on Migration and Mobility Support, attended by 26 Chinese officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Civil Affairs, State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Office representatives at provincial levels, including Beijing and Shanghai municipalities, as well as officials from EU Member States.

UN agencies helping Rohingya refugee camps brace for potentially devastating rains in southern Bangladesh

Against the backdrop of the fast approaching wet season in Bangladesh, United Nations relief agencies are working flat out to strengthen vital infrastructure and boost resilience among hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in rudimentary shelters as well as for local communities hosting them.


"We cannot keep everyone safe," U.N. warns as Rohingya brace for monsoon

LONDON, Feb 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid agencies are reinforcing shelters, moving latrines and providing search and rescue training in the world's biggest refugee settlement in Bangladesh before monsoon rains strike in April, bringing deadly landslides and floods.

The United Nations migration agency warned that flash floods could wash away fragile shelters, housing about 100,000 refugees and local families, in congested camps in Cox's Bazar providing sanctuary for Rohingya who have fled neighbouring Myanmar.

Samut Sakhon, Thailand

On 15 December, a one-day training was piloted in the Samut Sakhon province to build the capacity of migrant worker communities in preparedness and response to possible crisis situations. The activity was organized by IOM in collaboration with the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) of Thailand. Samut Sakhon was selected as a target province based on the high number of migrant workers (200,000 Myanmar nationals estimated).

Aid groups race against Bangladesh's looming monsoons to protect Rohingya camps from floods, landslides

BANGKOK — Severe weather could further devastate an already dire situation in Cox’s Bazar, where aid groups are scrambling to better prepare the overcrowded, hilly Rohingya refugee settlements for flooding and landslides.

As Bangladesh nears cyclone season, which will see heavy rain and high wind tear out of the Bay of Bengal from March through July, the humanitarian response in the world’s largest refugee camp could quickly turn from immense challenge to catastrophe, aid groups warn.

IOM’s GMDAC, European Commission to Create Big Data for Migration Alliance

Berlin – The European Commission Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD) and IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) are planning to create a Big Data for Migration Alliance (BD4M) to address the challenges of having and exploiting migration data and to increase investments into data innovation in the field of migration.

Capacity-Building Tools

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

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