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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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.

Jamaica to develop statistical migration database

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) will be developing a national statistical migration database this fiscal year as it continues work on the formulation of a National Policy and Plan of Action on International Migration and Development. 

The project aims to build the capacity of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to implement the national plan of action. It also seeks public ownership and participation in the implementation of the action plan.

IOM identifies over 700.000 immigrants in Libya in February 2018

In the 17th round of DTM Libya data collection taking place in January and February 2018, IOM identified 704,142 migrants in Libya. Migrants were identified in 99 Municipal Councils and 551 branch municipalities and originating from up to 40 countries.

In addition to those identified in urban and rural settings migrants in Libya were also recorded in detention centers. Based on DTM’s latest data, the number of migrants in Libya’s Detention Centers is 4,443 individuals (15/02/18)*.

‘Migrant TripAdvisor’ app helps new arrivals navigate Italy, stay safe

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new smartphone app aims to help migrants in Italy find hospitals, schools and police stations at the press of a button – and quickly seek help if they face abuse or exploitation.

More than 600,000 migrants have reached Italy from North Africa in the last four years, many fleeing war and poverty.

Surveys show Italians are increasingly uneasy with the influx, and immigration has become the main battleground in campaigning for the nation’s March 4 parliamentary elections.


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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