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COVID-19 Forces Sharp Rise in Vulnerable Migrants Transiting Americas: IOM Report

Fri, 11/26/2021 - 14:43

Buenos Aires/San José – At least 30,000 children, most under the age of five, are among the more than 125,000 people this year who have risked their lives crossing the Darien Gap, one of the world’s most dangerous irregular routes for migrants heading to North America, according to report about regional migratory movements in the Americas released today by the International Organization for Migration.

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IOM Supports Syrian Men Living in Germany with Self-Care Tools

Fri, 11/26/2021 - 14:43

Berlin – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched a self-care handbook to help Syrian men living in Germany identify and address psychosocial challenges such as isolation, difficulties adapting to the German culture, discrimination, language barriers, uncertainty about the future, unemployment, bureaucracy, and shifting roles within the family.

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Alarming Rise in People at Risk Amid Ongoing Hostilities in Yemen’s Ma’rib: IOM

Wed, 11/24/2021 - 14:30

Ma’rib – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is sounding the alarm on the worsening humanitarian situation in Ma’rib governorate where armed conflict is taking a heavy toll on displaced persons, migrants and the communities that host them. IOM urgently calls on all parties to end the ongoing hostilities and appeals for urgent funds to support those affected.   

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From Tragedy to Opportunity: New Centre to Help Stranded Migrants Opens in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Fri, 11/19/2021 - 16:58

Bihać – A new reception centre catering to the needs of up to 1,500 stranded migrants opened today in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), a key staging post for people trying to reach the European Union. 

Supported by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the centre in Lipa, in north-western Una-Sana canton, replaces the former COVID-19 emergency tent shelter there which was destroyed by fire in December 2020, when about 1,400 migrants were left without shelter and protection.   

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PCCMHS Hosts Successful COP26 Side Event on Climate-related Mobility

Mon, 11/15/2021 - 10:31

Tuvalu - "We are sinking. But so is everyone else. … if we feel the impacts today like in Tuvalu, or in 100 years, we will all still feel the dire effects of this global crisis one day. …We are looking to the future and preparing now for the worst case scenario, where our lands disappear and our people must leave”. These were the strong opening statements made by Tuvalu Foreign Minister Hon.

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IOM, UNHCR Provide Emergency Aid to Asylum-Seekers and Migrants at the Belarus-Poland Border, Call to Ensure Wellbeing of People and Prevent Loss of Life

Fri, 11/12/2021 - 13:03

BRUZGI, Belarus – On 11 November, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Belarus were granted access to a makeshift camp on the Belarusian side of the border near the international crossing point “Bruzgi” where a group of approximately 2,000 asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants has been staying since 8 November.

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IOM and EIB Join Forces to Promote Safety of Migrants and Resilience of Affected Communities

Wed, 11/10/2021 - 18:47

Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) today signed an agreement that aims to strengthen their collaboration in supporting safe, humane and regular migration, while enhancing economic and climate resilience of communities of origin transit and destination. 

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COP26: Direct Linkages Between Climate Change, Health and Migration Must be Tackled Urgently – IOM, WHO, Lancet Migration

Tue, 11/09/2021 - 15:41

Glasgow – Climate change, health and human mobility are closely connected. Together, they  impact our societies deeply, and their linkages must be acknowledged and addressed urgently, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the World Health Organization (WHO) and Lancet Migration, who are calling on world leaders to take concrete action to mitigate the  consequences of climate change on migration and people’s health worldwide, on the occasion of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  

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IOM and UNHCR Call for immediate de-escalation at the Belarus-Poland border

Tue, 11/09/2021 - 15:41

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency,  are alarmed by the latest reports from the Belarus-Poland border and call on States to ensure that the safety and human rights of migrants and refugees are upheld.  

On 8 November, reports surfaced of a large group of migrants and refugees, among them women and children, on the Belarusian side of the border moving towards the international border crossing point “Bruzgi”, with Poland, and allegedly settled in a makeshift camp in the vicinity of the border during the night.

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National Consultation on Promoting Fair and Ethical Recruitment Between Cambodia-Thailand Labour Migration Corridor

Mon, 11/08/2021 - 09:34

Phnom Penh, 02 November 2021 – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MOLVT) and the National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT), organized the National Consultation on Promoting Fair and Ethical Recruitment of migrant workers. The consultation was supported by the Regional Support Office of the Bali Process.[1]

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The Race Against Time to Prevent a Humanitarian Disaster in Afghanistan

Thu, 11/04/2021 - 12:12

Statement by António Vitorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration 

Kabul – Conflict and insecurity, grinding poverty exacerbated by an economy in freefall, severe drought and the COVID-19 pandemic have pushed Afghanistan to the brink of collapse.

I leave the country after a two-day visit deeply impressed by the work being done by humanitarian actors and the resilience of the Afghan people in the face of immense challenges.

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Niger’s Leadership on Migration Acknowledged During High-Level IOM Visit

Fri, 10/29/2021 - 18:42

Niamey – International Organization for Migration (IOM) Deputy Director General Ugochi Daniels today lauded Niger’s leadership assisting vulnerable migrants, thousands of whom find themselves stranded in the West African country ever year. 

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Open Letter to G20 Heads of State and Government - An Appeal to Make Vaccines Accessible to People on the Move

Fri, 10/29/2021 - 18:42

We are writing to you on behalf of the millions around the world struggling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic far from home. Some have been forced to flee wars, conflict, persecution and human rights violations. Others are on the move to escape socioeconomic hardship or the consequences of climate change. 

As strangers far from home, many are at risk of exclusion or neglect. Owing to their living situation, many face barriers accessing vaccinations, testing, treatment, care, and even reliable information.  

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IOM Launches Institutional Strategy on Migration, Environment and Climate Change for Next Decade

Fri, 10/29/2021 - 15:40

Geneva – Ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has unveiled its new Institutional Strategy on Migration, Environment and Climate Change 2021-2030.

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IOM Marks 60 Years of International Migration Journal

Fri, 10/29/2021 - 12:37

Geneva – As the International Organization for Migration (IOM) celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2021, it is also marking 60 years of diverse, scientific analysis published by the leading research journal International Migration. 

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IOM Appeals for USD 74.7 M to Provide Humanitarian Assistance for Highly Vulnerable Migrants Transiting Americas 

Fri, 10/22/2021 - 17:57

San José / Buenos Aires - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is appealing for USD 74.7 million to respond to the humanitarian needs of the growing number of vulnerable migrants moving from the Caribbean and South America and then crossing through Central America towards Mexico and the United States.

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IOM Assists Over 10,800 Haitians Returned from the US, Mexico and Caribbean in Past Month

Fri, 10/22/2021 - 14:57

Port-au-Prince –The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has given post-arrival assistance to a total of 10,831 Haitian migrants returned over the past month from the United States, Mexico, Cuba, The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, or returned by the Coast Guard.

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IOM Resumes Voluntary Humanitarian Return Assistance Flights from Libya After Months of Suspension

Fri, 10/22/2021 - 14:57

Tripoli – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has resumed humanitarian flights from Libya after receiving clearance from the Government of National Unity and has safely returned a group of stranded Gambian migrants who are among thousands of others waiting to go home through IOM’s Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) programme.   

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IOM Republic of Korea Hosts Webinar on Cash-based Interventions in Emergencies

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 11:47

Seoul, Republic of Korea – The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the cross-border delivery of humanitarian assistance around the world. Amid uncertainty, cash-based interventions (CBI) are receiving significant attention as they allow remote delivery that can be traceable. Last year, IOM implemented CBI in 56 countries, reaching more than 1,600,000 persons in need.

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IOM Steps Up Help on Yemen’s West Coast as Clashes Heighten Desperation

Wed, 10/20/2021 - 11:42

Al Makha – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has ramped up its humanitarian assistance on Yemen's west coast where the needs of communities displaced by years of conflict are growing amid ongoing violence.

The Organization is also urging more help from donors and aid partners.

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