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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IOM Publishes Study on Disaster Risk Management and Human Mobility in Six SADC Countries

Southern Africa is a region vulnerable to a range of hazards, currently experiencing one of the worst drought disasters and food security crisis in modern history. Subject to development challenges, including economic and human development, the region’s vulnerability to disasters is further exacerbated and threatening already gained development achievements.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

One Year of Implementation of the Migrants in Countries in Crisis Initiative: How Can Lessons Learnt Inform the Global Compacts?

In support of the GCM process, this side event served as a space for sharing and discussing recommendations, lessons learnt and good practices.

Panellists included: 

Antonio Parenti, Head of Section Economics, Trade, Development, Delegation of the EU to the UN, New York

Eduardo Rojo Oropeza, Director of International and Interinstitutional Relations, Ministry of the Interior, Mexico

Mechelen, Belgium

Belgium, 17 November 2017 - During the Global Conference on Cities and Migration hosted by the city of Mechelen, Belgium, on 16-17 November, a side event was dedicated to the implementation of the Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) recommendations in Mesoamerica. The event was organized by IOM Costa Rica, represented by its Chief of Mission, Mr. Roeland de Wilde.

UN Migration Agency Supports Voluntary Humanitarian Return of 243 Guinean Migrants from Libya

Conakry - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, recently topped 10,000 rescued migrants repatriated from Libya under IOM’s Voluntary Humanitarian Return programme. Since March 2015, when the return programme was launched, returns have taken place to 30 different countries with a total of 13,530 men, women and children returning home to their families.

Ethiopia begins civil registration for refugees – UN agencies

27 October 2017 – In an historic first, starting Friday, all refugees in Ethiopia will be able to register their vital life events, including birth, death, marriage and divorce, directly with national authorities, the United Nations refugee agency announced.

“This is a historic first and a ground-breaking development for refugee protection in Ethiopia, not previously realized over decades,” Babar Baloch, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said at the regular press briefing in Geneva.

Caught in Conflict without Travel Documents. Migrants in Yemen Cross into Saudi Arabia, Hoping to be Deported

In early October, three Ethiopian boys in Yemen told IOM, the UN Migration Agency, “we miss our family and can no longer stay here.”


They had spent seven long months at IOM’s migrant shelter in Aden waiting for a legal way of returning home to Ethiopia. After they spoke these words, the boys left the shelter to attempt the dangerous journey to Saudi Arabia, crossing a country embroiled in armed conflict. Their thinking — deportation will be easier.

UN Migration, Refugee Agencies Help 134 Somali Refugees Get Home from Yemen

Yemen  IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in coordination with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has organized the transportation of 134 Somalis refugees, 73 adults (40 men and 33 women) and 61 children (29 boys and 32 girls), home to Somalia from war-torn Yemen. The boat carrying the refugees left the port of Aden yesterday (23/10) and will arrive today (24/10) at the Somali port of Berbera. After 20 hours of travel across the Arabian sea, the group will be met by IOM and UNHCR staff to assist their onward journey home.

Outreach and Casework: The Heart of Humanitarian Assistance for Migrants and Refugees in Countries in Crisis

The Libyan uprising of 2011 resulted in a complex and massive mixed population movement of migrants, including refugees, highlighting the central role that outreach and casework have during crises. The humanitarian response that followed is often cited as the watershed moment that led to the development of the Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) Initiative and resulting Guidelines to Protect Migrants in Countries Experiencing Conflict or Natural Disaster.



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