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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Costa Rica repatria 36 costarricenses tras el paso del huracán María por Puerto Rico

Tras el paso del huracán María por las islas del Caribe, un grupo de 36 costarricenses regresaron a su país desde Puerto Rico. El Gobierno de Costa Rica realizó esta gestión de carácter humanitario, gracias al trabajo coordinado entre el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto y la Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME), con el aporte solidario de la Aerolínea Volaris Costa Rica y el acompañamiento de la OIM.

South Korea

Seoul - In South Korea, migrants are some of the most neglected and marginalized groups during emergency situations. Due to language barriers, restrictions on mobility, limited social networks, and limited familiarity with the local emergency response practices and procedures, migrants are more likely to be left behind during crises. This prevents them from accessing facilities, services, and information needed to ensure their safety.

UN Migration Agency Providing Emergency Support to Thousands of Migrants Affected by Sabratha Conflict

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.

Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone - This workshop, which was the first of its kind in Botswana, was organised and facilitated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM Botswana) in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO). Given the wide array of stakeholders that are involved in disaster preparedness and emergency management in the country, the workshop attracted participation from the National Disaster Management Office, organisations such as SADC Secretariat, UNICEF, UNDP, Botswana Red Cross and IOM.

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.


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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