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The MICIC Blog features practitioners’ views on the operationalization of the Guidelines. To contribute please contact the MICIC Secretariat. The opinions expressed in the blog articles are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the MICIC Initiative.

2011 was a point of personal and academic transition for me. Having relocated to Japan to pursue graduate studies, my arrival coincided with the devastating Great East Japan earthquake in March.

As part of IOM Guatemala’s pilot programme, Migrants in Countries in Crisis Initiative, a special mobile application was developed and deployed for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to provide consular services and assistance to migrants in the event of a crisis.

Migrant farmworkers in California contribute to an economically profitable agricultural system. Yet they are among the most vulnerable communities. Most migrant farmworkers are members of the working poor with limited to no access to health care.

This past July, unexpected torrential downpours flooded many towns in South Korea. The heavy rain damaged some cities previously thought to be safe from floods, such as Incheon and Cheongju.

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.

Migrants are often among those who suffer the most in disasters, as we have witnessed many times in recent years.

 

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.

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.