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.

Read more

Living with Vulnerability: Preparing Migrants for Crisis

As resilient as I know migrant communities to be, they can still easily be among the worst affected by natural disasters, extreme violence or armed conflict. They have certain heightened vulnerabilities specifically because they are migrants. Whether in cities or in rural settings, migrants frequently fall through the cracks of national and international crisis warning systems and emergency response. They are more often than not less prepared than their neighbours and are more exposed to hazards.

Preparing New York City’s Diverse Communities for Emergencies

Cities thrive because of their vibrant and diverse communities. In many migrant communities, factors such as culture, language, immigration status, and community isolation contribute to higher levels of vulnerability to the effects of emergencies. Disseminating relevant, culturally-appropriate emergency preparedness information to migrant populations is critical to building resilience. Effective emergency management in urban areas depends on creating links to these communities and offering the tools and information they need to be prepared.

Manila, Philippines

Governments in Asia are taking steps to better protect migrants caught in countries experiencing humanitarian crises, like natural disasters, conflict and armed violence.

Pretoria, South Africa

Pretoria 16 May 2017 – Representatives of National Disaster Risk Management, Civil Protection and Emergency Management institutions from Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) member states and other key stakeholders discussed practical approaches to include migrants in emergency preparedness, response and recovery during a two-day workshop on 15-16 May in Pretoria, South Africa.

Kampala, Uganda

Kampala, Uganda - May 14th: In a continent characterized by a long history of cross-border migration, migrants’ specific sets of vulnerabilities pose particular challenges to any crisis preparedness, response and recovery mechanisms. Factors such as language, migration status, isolation, limited social networks and means, and lack of appropriate services all add on to migrants’ vulnerability in a country experiencing crisis.

Almaty, Kazakhstan

The training on Protecting Migrants in Emergencies is co-hosted by IOM’s Sub-Regional Coordination Office for Central Asia and the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction. 

Humanitarian Help Must Reach the Most Vulnerable Migrants - Not Just Those With Smartphones

Humanitarian agencies now need to reach larger numbers of migrants, in more complex emergencies, than ever before. In much of the media coverage of these responses, social media, apps and web-enabled innovations are touted as possible solutions to these overwhelming needs. Mainstream and specialist sources both report on the use of social media in emergencies - for example, in the Philippines and Indonesia, where Twitter was reportedly used by communities to manage their responses to Typhoon Megi and the Mount Merapi volcano eruption.

LISTOS: Changing Migrants' Lives via Disaster Preparedness Education

Ten-year-old Charlie sat in the front row and refused all invitations to join the kids’ corner.  A son of a migrant agricultural worker from southern Mexico, Charlie began attending LISTOS’ class with his mother. He was engaged, interested and eagerly participated in class activities. While Charlie was too young to be considered an “official student” of the LISTOS training, that did not discourage him from being present each session.


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

Read more

E-Learning for Consular Staff

Assisting nationals affected by crises abroad: An e-learning course for foreign service staff 

Read more


Vulnerable or Resilient? Vulnerable and Resilient! A Study of Two Disasters