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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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.

Vulnerable Migrants, Conflict-affected Yemenis to Benefit from Enhanced Humanitarian Support

Sana’a – Today (15/08), IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and partners are announcing three new major interagency humanitarian programmes in Yemen targeting 255,354 people, including stranded vulnerable migrants and conflict-affected people. 

More than two years of conflict has devastated Yemen leaving 18.8 million people in need of assistance and protection, including 10.3 million who are in acute need of live-saving support. The protracted conflict is rapidly pushing the country towards social, economic and institutional collapse.

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is today (8 August) organizing a workshop for over 100 consular officials from the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on how to assist Thai nationals abroad in times of crisis.

The Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) workshop is taking place during the Thai MFA’s World Consuls’ Meeting, which is being held from 7–10 August in Bangkok.

Santiago, Chile

Santiago – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in its role as secretariat of the Migrants in Countries in Crisis Initiative (MICIC), carried out a training of trainers on the integration of migrants in the emergency preparedness, response and recovery systems in host countries.

The workshop, held last week (26-28/7) in Santiago, Chile provided training to representatives from the governments of Chile and Ecuador and different national institutions including humanitarian partners and civil society.


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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