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Free Movement of People a Top Priority, Say West African Nations

Fri, 10/15/2021 - 14:08

Abuja – Free movement of people and goods, and fighting human trafficking should be top policy priorities, members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agreed at talks convened with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Network for Migration and the African Union.

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Migrant Workers Face Heightened Risk of Death and Injury: New IOM Report

Fri, 10/15/2021 - 14:08

Berlin – Migrants who often fill more dangerous jobs frequently face higher risk of injury and death than other workers and more data on the circumstances of deaths is critical for policies that ensure their safety, according to a new report from the International Organization for Migration's (IOM) Missing Migrants Project.

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Global Migration Under Spotlight at EU-IOM Strategic Cooperation Meeting

Tue, 10/12/2021 - 16:52

Brussels - Senior officials from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU) discussed pressing global migration issues and continuing cooperation as part of the EU-IOM Strategic Cooperation Framework when they met in Brussels today.  

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IOM Condemns Killing of Six Migrants at Detention Centre in Tripoli

Sat, 10/09/2021 - 16:38

Geneva – Six migrants were killed and at least 24 others injured at the Mabani detention centre in Tripoli when armed guards started shooting following a riot and an attempted escape, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said today.

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More Than 91,000 Migrants Have Crossed Darien Gap on Way to North America This Year

Fri, 10/08/2021 - 16:35

Panama City - More than 91,300 migrants, mostly Haitians, have trekked through the perilous Darien Gap jungle to Panama from Colombia this year hoping to reach the United States, Canada or Mexico, according to Panama's National Migration Service (SNM). The figure for the first nine months triples the previous record of 30,000 on the same route during all of 2016. 

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IOM Action Plan Calls for USD 159 M to Support Afghanistan and Regional Countries

Fri, 10/08/2021 - 13:34

Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is appealing for USD 158.9 million to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs of millions of Afghans and to support recovery and resilience within the country and the region.

“The crisis unfolding in Afghanistan is intensifying humanitarian needs and increasing displacement risks both inside the country, as well as across borders to countries in the region,” said António Vitorino, IOM Director General. 

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Thousands of People Forced to Flee Escalating Hostilities in Yemen’s Ma’rib 

Thu, 10/07/2021 - 16:28

Ma’rib – An escalation of hostilities in and around Yemen's Ma’rib governorate has forced thousands of people to flee in search of safety in an alarming rise in displacement since the beginning of September.   

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IOM Appeals for USD 21.1M to Provide Shelter for Internally Displaced in Northern Ethiopia

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 13:14

Addis Ababa – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and aid partners are appealing for USD 21.1 million to provide new shelters and homes for more than 1.8 million extremely vulnerable Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in camps in communities and villages across Ethiopia’s Tigray, Somali and Amhara regions.

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UN Agencies Call for Protection Measures and a Comprehensive Regional Approach for Haitians on the Move

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 15:42

Joint statement by IOM, UNHCR, UNICEF, OHCHR

Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) call on states to refrain from expelling Haitians without proper assessment of their individual protection needs, to uphold the fundamental human rights of Haitians on the move, and to offer protection mechanisms or other legal stay arrangements for more effective access to regular migration pathways. 

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IOM Welcomes High-Level Panel's Recommendations on Internal Displacement

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 18:39

Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) welcomes the launch of the report, Shining a Light on Internal Displacement: A Vision for the Future, by the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement.

IOM commends the United Nations Secretary-General’s initiative in establishing the High Level-Panel and tasking it with recommending solutions to the global internal displacement crisis.  

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Families of Missing Migrants Forced to Go it Alone Searching for Relatives: New IOM Report

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 15:37

Berlin – A report released today by the International Organization for Migration's (IOM) Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) calls on governments to urgently improve support for tens of thousands of missing migrant families who are often forced to rely on smugglers and other informal networks in tracing loved ones. 

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New IOM Toolkit Offers Key Advice on Migrant Centres

Tue, 09/28/2021 - 12:33

Dakar – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) today launched an online toolkit for migrant centre administration and management. The toolkit offers governments and non-government stakeholders key knowledge and resources on how best to set up and manage migrant centres.

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Alarming Loss of Life on Way to Canaries Worsens in 2021

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 15:09

Berlin  – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is extremely concerned about a sharp increase in the deaths and disappearances at sea of migrants trying to reach the Canary Islands along the West African coast.

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IOM-Microsoft Collaboration  Enables  Release of Largest Public Dataset  to Bolster Fight Against Human Trafficking

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 15:03

Geneva/New York – The International Organization for Migration (IOM)  today released a new synthetic dataset on human trafficking, made possible by innovative technology developed in partnership with Microsoft Research. This dataset represents the largest collection of primary human trafficking case data ever made available to the public, while enabling strong privacy guarantees that preserve the anonymity and safety of victims and survivors.  

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Yemen: Millions of Displaced Persons and Migrants Desperate for Aid Amid Funding Shortfalls

Wed, 09/22/2021 - 17:56

Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said today millions of lives remain at risk in Yemen, as it echoed a United Nations call for urgently needed funds to allow aid organizations to continue responding to the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. 

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IOM and UNHCR shocked and dismayed by deaths near Belarus-Poland border

Tue, 09/21/2021 - 17:49

Geneva - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, are deeply saddened by the deaths of four individuals near the border between Poland and Belarus. The Organizations express their condolences to the families of the deceased and are calling for an immediate investigation into this tragedy. The nationalities of all the victims have yet to be confirmed but two Iraqi nationals reportedly died of hypothermia.  

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IOM’s World Migration Report 2020  Wins  International  Design  Awards 

Tue, 09/21/2021 - 11:48

Geneva – The World Migration Report 2020, the 10th edition of the International Organization for Migration's (IOM) flagship publication, has been recognized in the 2021 International Annual Report Design Awards (IADA) competition, winning gold in the online category and silver for PDFs.    

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Security Tool Keeping IOM Staff Safe in Afghanistan and Worldwide  Shortlisted in Times Higher Education  Awards

Tue, 09/21/2021 - 11:48

Geneva – A life-saving security app developed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UK’s Sheffield Hallam University has been nominated for a prestigious Times Higher Education award

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IOM Handover Personal Protective Equipment to the Department of Immigration to Ensure Safety of Migrants and Frontline Officials

Mon, 09/20/2021 - 05:40

Vientiane Capital – On 10 September 2021, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Australian Embassy to Lao People’s Democratic Republic handed over Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Covid-19 response materials to the Department of Immigration (DOI), General Department of Public Security, the Ministry of Public Security (MoPS) at Wattay International Airport. The support will ensure the safety of travellers, migrants, frontline officials, and provide safe and effective migration and border management during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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IOM Relocates Over 17,000 People Uprooted by Conflict in Northern Ethiopia to New Shelter

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 14:21

Mekelle – After months in makeshift sites, with little food or water, thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected by the conflict in Northern Ethiopia are being voluntarily relocated to new shelters by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).  

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