26 April 2017

Humanitarian Catastrophe Looms in Yemen with Over 3.3 Million Displaced Since Crisis Began

Yemen, 25 April 2017 - Yemen has become the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. In total, 18.8 million people need humanitarian or protection assistance. Since 2015, of the 3.3 million people who have been forced to flee their homes to seek safety, two million remain displaced and nearly 1.3 million have returned to the governorates [...]

23 March 2017

We Must ‘Unite to End TB’- IOM

Switzerland, 23 March 2017 - On World TB Day 2017, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) joins the Stop TB Partnership, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other key partners in redoubling efforts to increase public awareness of tuberculosis and its impact on vulnerable populations such as migrants. Although tuberculosis is a curable disease, [...]

21 February 2017

Yemen’s Brutal Conflict Pushing One Million Displaced to Return to Danger

Geneva, 21 February 2017 Unabated conflict and rapidly deteriorating conditions across Yemen are pushing millions of displaced Yemenis further into danger and adversity, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, warned today following the release of the latest data on the country’s displacement crisis. Since the beginning of the conflict in [...]

29 January 2017

Joint IOM-UNHCR Statement on President Trump’s Refugee Order

Geneva, 28 January 2017 – The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater, and the U.S. resettlement program is one of the most important in the world. The longstanding U.S. policy of welcoming refugees has created a win-win situation: it has saved the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in [...]

17 January 2017

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 1,159; Deaths at Sea: 27

Switzerland, 13 January 2017 - IOM reports that 1,159 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017, through 12 January, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy, compared with 22,590 through the first 12 days of January, 2016. A year ago, IOM reported 22,322 migrants and refugees had landed on Greece’s islands after short runs from [...]

11 October 2016

IOM becomes the UN Migration Agency

Copenhagen, 11 October 2016 - On 19 September 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) became a related agency to the United Nations. After 65 years of existence and global operations outside the UN system, the migration agency formally joined the UN at the United Nations Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and [...]

19 September 2016

World leaders at UN summit adopt ‘bold’ plan to enhance protections for refugees and migrants

New York, 19 September 2016 – With more people forced to flee their homes than at any time since World War II, world leaders came together at the United Nations today to adopt the New York Declaration, which expresses their political will to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and share responsibility [...]

5 August 2016

UN agencies deliver urgent relief to people stranded at Syria-Jordan border

Amman, 4 August 2016 - Joint WFP, UNHCR, UNICEF, IOM Press Release World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, and International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director-General William Lacy Swing today announced the successful completion of a relief operation to provide [...]