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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UN Migration Agency Helps Nearly 3,000 Migrants Get Home from Yemen in 2017

Aden – During the final days of 2017, IOM, the UN Migration Agency succeeded in completing two movements of stranded Somalis and Ethiopians out of Yemen, despite immense security challenges and difficult sea conditions. Two boats were deployed, one headed to Aden to evacuate Somali refugees, while the other went to Hudaydah to evacuate Ethiopians, who were considered especially vulnerable due to the dangers of rising violence near that port city.

Helping Migrants Prepare and Respond to Emergencies in South Korea

This past July, unexpected torrential downpours flooded many towns in South Korea. The heavy rain damaged some cities previously thought to be safe from floods, such as Incheon and Cheongju. These events reminded us that we should all be prepared for potential natural and man-made disasters. In the light of this, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in partnership with the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, organized a series of disaster preparedness training sessions for migrants.

Germany, UN Migration Agency Launch First Global Migration Data Portal

Berlin — Germany’s Federal Foreign Office and IOM, the UN Migration Agency’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) will launch today (15/12) the Migration Data Portal in Berlin. The Migration Data Portal brings together the key facts and figures about global migration trends in one place for the first time. 

“Especially in critical times, such as those we are facing today, it is our task to ensure that responses to migration are based on sound facts and accurate analysis,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.

Abuja, Nigeria

Abuja – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, early this month (01/12) completed a series of workshops in Abuja, Nigeria, designed to increase the capacity of multiple West African states to protect migrants in the event of a crisis. The five-day-long workshops were organized in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, and the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) of the Government of the United States of America (US).

Personal consular podrá capacitarse en línea sobre la atención de sus nacionales en el exterior durante situaciones de crisis

Recientes crisis humanitarias han demostrado que las personas migrantes a menudo se encuentran entre quienes más sufren durante estas situaciones, sean provocadas por conflictos o desastres naturales. Con la creciente movilidad internacional y un número sin precedentes de personas desplazadas por conflictos, violencia y desastres, actualmente la mayoría de países albergan algún tipo de población migrante.  En Mesoamérica habitan más de 2 millones de inmigrantes.

Beijing, China

Migrant workers in a situation of threat or crisis are often more vulnerable than the local population.

UN Migration Agency Moves to Relieve Plight of Migrants Trapped in Libya, Backing AU-EU Plan

Major airlift underway as IOM starts flying 15,000 more migrants from Libya before year end.

Geneva – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing has committed IOM to fully support this week’s initiative of the African Union with the European Union and Libya’s Government of National Unity, with UN backing to alleviate the plight of thousands of migrants trapped in Libya.


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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