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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Including Migrants in Disaster Risk Reduction Efforts Must be a Priority

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.

Managua, Nicaragua

Managua – En el marco del Programa Regional para Fortalecer las Capacidades para Proteger y Asistir a los migrantes vulnerable en Mesoamérica, la Organización Internacional para las Migraciones de las Naciones Unidas (OIM) realizó el taller sobre Iniciativas Migrantes en Países en Situaciones de Crisis y sus Directrices (MICIC por sus siglas en inglés), con énfasis en protección consular, dirigido a representaciones consulares acreditadas en el país.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Tegucigalpa - La Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM) capacitó durante esta semana a personal de instituciones públicas y organizaciones de sociedad civil con el fin de generar y fortalecer capacidades que contribuyan a reducir la vulnerabilidad de las personas migrantes en contextos de emergencias.

Quito, Ecuador

On 20-21 June IOM Ecuador organized a workshop with experts from the Ecuadorian Government on the Migrants in Countries in Crisis Initiative (MICIC). The MICIC Guidelines, launched in June 2016, provide recommendations to protect migrants in natural disasters and conflicts.

Moshi, Tanzania

The United Nations (UN) Migration Agency, IOM’s African Capacity Building Centre (ACBC) which is co-located in the Tanzanian Regional Immigration Training Academy (TRITA) in Moshi, hosted a threeday Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for 27 IOM staff from East and Horn of Africa Region (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Yemen), as well as other countries worldwide, from 25 to 27 April 2017.

Smuggled to Yemen, Dealing with Conflict


Abdullah grew up in Jimma, the largest city in south-western Ethiopia. Being one of seven children meant for Abdullah that his schooling ended at just 14.

Still a young teenager, Abdullah travelled to a town near Ethiopia’s border with Sudan. He lived there for two years working in mineral mines. No longer able to endure the harsh conditions, he found another job as a warehouse guard. He was still barely making enough to survive, let alone send back to his parents in Jimma.

Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Masvingo - On 20 and 21 June 2017, IOM Zimbabwe supported a National Stakeholder’s Workshop on Protecting Migrants in Emergencies at Flamboyant Hotel in Masvingo. The workshop was conducted under the Migrants in Countries in Crisis Initiative framework and aimed at strengthening the capacity of national stakeholders with disaster and emergency management functions to include migrants in the emergency and disaster preparedness and response plans to ensure protection of migrants in the event of a crisis.

Capacity Building Tools

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

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