13 May 2019

Aid Workers Race to Prepare Bangladesh’s Rohingya Refugee Camps for Monsoon Wind and Rain

Cox’s Bazar, 10 May 2019 – When Cyclone Fani – one of the most powerful Indian Ocean storms of the past decade – barrelled up the Bay of Bengal a week ago making landfall in northern India and western Bangladesh, it left 24 people dead, a trail of destruction and thousands displaced. Some 2.6 million people – a million [...]

23 March 2019

Europe Migration Data Portal Will Challenge Fake News With Facts

Geneva 23 March 2019 – A focus on improved data will enable IOM to combat fake news and hate speech with solid facts and evidence, a UN meeting in Geneva heard today (22/3). A dedicated Europe section on the IOM Global Migration Data Analysis Centre website has just been launched, and it was presented today at a [...]

18 February 2019

United Nations Seeks USD 920 Million for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis in 2019

Geneva, 15 February 2019 – United Nations aid agencies and NGO partners launched today (15/02) the 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya humanitarian crisis. The appeal seeks to raise USD 920 million to meet the massive needs of more than 900,000 refugees from Myanmar and over 330,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis in host communities. Critical aid [...]

21 December 2018

Statement by UN Network on Migration on the Formal Endorsement of the Global Compact for Migration

New York/Geneva, 21 December 2018 — The new United Nations Network on Migration welcomes the formal endorsement, on 19 December 2018, by the General Assembly, of the outcome of the Marrakech Conference. The adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration represents a landmark moment in the pursuit of international cooperation on [...]

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 [...]