8 November 2018

Number of refugees and migrants from Venezuela reaches three million

Switzerland, 8 November 2018 - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency announced today that the number of refugees and migrants from Venezuela worldwide has now reached three million. According to data from national immigration authorities and other sources, countries in Latin America and the Caribbean host an estimated 2.4 million refugees and [...]

2 November 2018

IOM Monitors Caravans of Central American Migrants, Supports Voluntary Returns

San Jose, 2 November 2018 – The UN Migration Agency, IOM, continues to provide support and assistance to migrants who have joined the migrant caravans crossing Central America and opted to seek asylum in Mexico or return to their countries of origin. In the Siglo XXI Migratory Station of Tapachula, managed by the National Institute [...]

19 October 2018

UNHCR and IOM appeal to European leaders to tackle Mediterranean deaths

Geneva, 17 October 2018 - Joint UNHCR/IOM Press Release Ahead of this week’s meeting of European Union (EU) Heads of State and Government, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, are together appealing to European leaders to urgently take steps to address this year’s record rate of drownings on the Mediterranean [...]

10 October 2018

Visit UN City on Culture Night 2018

25 September 2018- On October 12, UN City welcomes the public on Culture Night 2018. This year you can experience several activities in our green and platinum LEED-certified building, including a celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration was adopted at the UN General Assembly on [...]

31 July 2018

With Public and Private Sectors at Odds, Traffickers Win. Let’s Work Together to Protect Victims.

30 July 2018 By William Lacy Swing, IOM Director General   The world’s workforce has never been more mobile - from the gardener in California to the banker in Singapore. Whether it’s the dishwasher in Rome or the designer in London, we recognize human ambition is on the move; everyone – skilled or unskilled, with work [...]

29 June 2018

António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino elected as new Director General of UN Migration Agency

Geneva, 29 June 2018 - On Friday 29 June 2018, the member states of the IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, elected Portugal’s António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino as the International Organization for Migration’s next Director General. Mr. Vitorino, 61 (DOB 12 January 1957), succeeds the United States’ William Lacy Swing, who is leaving [...]

25 June 2018

Harnessing New Data Sources Responsibly For Effective Migration Policy

25 June 2018 - Today the European Commission and the International Organization for Migration launch the Big Data for Migration Alliance (BD4M), a global initiative to unlock the potential of big data sources and provide valuable insights related to migration. One of the main challenges to effective migration policies is working with traditional statistics, [...]

3 May 2018

IOM’s MigApp Wins Global Award

Geneva, 2 May 2018 – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is today pleased to announce that its MigApp mobile application has won a CIO 100 Award. The 31st annual award programme recognizes organizations and companies around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). IOM partnered with Kony, [...]

6 April 2018

Micro Gardening Scheme to Help Feed Rohingya Refugees, Bangladeshi Local Communities

Cox’s Bazar, 6 April 2018 – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are distributing 50,000 vegetable gardening kits to tackle malnutrition and improve the diet of people affected by the Rohingya refugee crisis in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Almost 700,000 refugees have fled to Cox’s Bazar from Myanmar’s North [...]