26 January 2018

IOM and UNHCR condemn refugee and migrant drownings off the coast of Yemen

Geneva, 26 January 2018 - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, are outraged and saddened at the drownings of at least 30 refugees and migrants off the coast of Aden, Yemen earlier this week. Survivors of the incident have reported to UN and partner staff that an over-crowded boat packed with [...]

19 January 2018

Humanitarian Situation in DR Congo Reaches Breaking Point as Funding Gap Remains Enormous

Kinshasa, 17 January 2018 – The humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has deteriorated dramatically over the past year due to a massive escalation of conflict and widespread insecurity. Extreme violence has spread to areas typically considered stable, such as the provinces of Kasai and Tanganyika. The situation has been recently [...]

19 December 2017

IOM Launches MigApp on International Migrants Day

Geneva/Manila, 19 December 2017 – The MigApp is IOM’s institutional tool that leverages current technology and the widespread use of mobile telecommunications to bring a secure, objective and user-friendly downloadable app which serves as a one-stop-shop platform where migrants can access current, reliable and practical information and IOM services. Irregular and unsafe migration often is [...]

24 November 2017

New Study Concludes Europe’s Mediterranean Border Remains ‘World’s Deadliest’

Berlin, 24 November 2017 – IOM, the UN Migration Agency’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), today (24/11) released a new report reviewing the evidence of Four Decades of Cross-Mediterranean Undocumented Migration to Europe and concludes that Europe’s Mediterranean border is “by far the world’s deadliest.”Relying on analysis of IOM estimates from the Missing Migrants Project, the report [...]

13 November 2017

Movies on Migration from Around the World – Countdown to the 2017 Global Migration Film Festival Begins

Geneva, 13 November 2017 – From Guyana to the Philippines, filmmakers from around the globe will showcase their vision at the Global Migration Film Festival. Organized by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, the festival will take place in over 100 countries from 5 to 18 December 2017. The second edition of the annual Festival will [...]

10 November 2017

Hostile Terrain Slows Delivery of Lifesaving Aid to Rohingya Refugees

Cox’s Bazar, 10 November 2017 – Since 25 August, an estimated 613,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, fleeing violence in Myanmar. The total refugee population in the area is now over 826,000. The makeshift sites where the Rohingyas have settled are desperately overcrowded and located on inhospitable, hilly terrain with insufficient drainage [...]

9 November 2017

WHO warns that more people will die if ports in Yemen do not reopen to humanitarian aid

Geneva, 9 November 2017 - For the fourth consecutive day, the World Health Organization’s operations in Yemen have been severely hampered due to the closure of all land, sea and air ports. “WHO and the other humanitarian agencies need immediate and unhindered humanitarian access to Yemen”, said WHO Executive Director for Emergencies Dr Peter Salama. [...]

3 November 2017

Rohingya Entry Continues in Cox’s Bazar; at Least 2,000 New Arrivals Overnight

Cox’s Bazar, 3 September 2017 - Over the last 48 hours some 4,000 Rohingya refugees crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar at the Anjumanpara border crossing point. Traumatized, hungry and fearing for their lives, the refugees had camped out in the open in an area of no-man’s land between the two countries. They crossed at low [...]

23 October 2017

UN Migration Agency Delivers Hygiene Kits to Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

Cox’s Bazar, 23 October 2017 – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is distributing hygiene kits to the most vulnerable of hundreds of thousands of people who have fled violence in Myanmar’s North Rakhine State for the relative safety of the vast refugee settlements that now cover the Cox’s Bazar district of southern Bangladesh. The kits, which [...]