Sabratha – In the aftermath of weeks of conflict in the Libyan coastal city of Sabratah, IOM, the UN Migration Agency is providing support to more than 14,000 migrants, previously held in numerous informal detention centres and camps and now transferred to Zuwara and an assembly point in Sabratha.
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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Some 15 years of destructive volcanic eruptions totally and definitively devastated the South of Montserrat in the Leeward Islands, British West Indies, including Plymouth the capital city. This vicious enduring cycle led to major unforeseen demographic change on the Island.
Migrants are often among those who suffer the most in disasters, as we have witnessed many times in recent years. This can be the case because they might live and work in areas that are particularly at risk, like those who worked in industrial parks affected by the 2011 floods in Thailand. Sometimes it is because they don’t trust emergency responders and are afraid to seek help, like those who refused to evacuate from areas affected by Hurricane Katrina for fear of arrest and deportation.