Regional News

  • Making Strides Towards “Migration with Dignity”: Two Years of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration

    In 2018, Bandjou left Libya and returned to Guinea through the Voluntary Humanitarian Return programme run by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). He is now back on his feet, heading up a tiling company with the reintegration support he received from the European Union (EU) and IOM. His initiative is also rippling out to fellow Guineans in the community. Read his story and those of other people and the full results of the Joint Initiative over the past 2 years.

  • African Countries Gather in Mauritania to Discuss Migration Data, Civil Registration and Vital Statistics

    Nouakchott – Officials representing more than 30 African countries gathered last week (3-6 December) in Mauritania for two capacity building workshops on migration data and civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS). The workshops were jointly organized by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the International Organization for Migration’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), and the African Union Commission (AUC).

  • IOM and UNODC Sign Agreement with the Government of Jordan to Upgrade al-Karamah Border Crossing Point

    Amman – In partnership with the Government of Jordan, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) signed an official partnership yesterday (10/12) to upgrade the al-Karamah border crossing point between Iraq and Jordan. The project, funded by the European Union Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace (EU IcSP), also contributes to the stability and economic recovery in the region.

  • ECDC migrant screening guidance launched

    On 5 December 2018, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has lunched the Public health guidance on screening and vaccination for infectious diseases in newly arrived migrants within the EU/EEA.

    The report's main objective is to provide EU/EEA member states with evidence-based scientific advice for a number of key infectious diseases, to facilitate effective screening and vaccination for priority infectious diseases among newly arrived migrant populations.

  • UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health: the health of a world on the move

    On 5 December 2018, the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health: the health of a world on the move, in which IOM is member, has been published.

    The Commission’s foundation is that migration and health are inextricably linked — and key to sustainable development.

    It provides a framework of migration as a dynamic process, providing evidence of the multiple factors that could be beneficial or detrimental to individuals and systems along the migration journey — at origin, transit, destination, and return.

  • Brussels Launch of IOM Guide to Harness Migration’s Positive Contribution to Sustainable Development

    Brussels - Today (30-11) IOM, the UN Migration Agency in cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, held the Brussels launch of its new guide “Migration and the 2030 Agenda: A Guide for Practitioners” on implementing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as they relate to migration.

    The guide, published on 09 October 2018, is designed to help policymakers integrate migration into local and national development planning.

  • AU, EU, UN Discuss Sustainable Reintegration of Migrants

    Addis Ababa – On 27 and 28 November 2018, the African Union and the European Union held a Technical Workshop on Sustainable Reintegration of Migrants in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the support of IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

    As part of the work of the AU-EU-UN Taskforce on the Situation of Migrants in Libya, participants exchanged good practices, identified challenges and lessons learned, and looked at what more can be done to achieve sustainable reintegration of migrants returning to their home countries from various regions.

  • 12 people remain stranded at sea, while a group of Aquarius migrants leave for Germany

    Twelve people saved by a fishing boat in the Mediterranean on Friday remain stranded at sea. Humanitarian alliance #United4Med on Tuesday called on Europe to open its ports and welcome the migrants who were saved from a vessel off Libya.

    Meanwhile, the Maltese government issued a statement saying another group of migrants who disembarked in Malta from aboard the Aquarius and other vessels in August had departed Malta for relocation in Germany on Monday.

  • UN Agencies Join Up to Provide Opportunities in Turkey

    Istanbul – “Opportunities for Lives” was launched on Monday in Istanbul, aiming to provide greater entrepreneurship opportunities for Syrians under temporary protection and Turkish citizens in nine Turkish provinces.

    The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is an implementing partner on the two-year project, which is led by the International Labour Organization (ILO) under the general coordination of the Turkish Directorate-General for International Labour Force.

  • First IOM Member State Forum on a Comprehensive Approach to Resettlement and Complementary Pathways to Europe

    Brussels – The need for a comprehensive approach, a continuum of care in resettlement and complementary protection pathways to Europe for refugees and migrants in vulnerable situations was the focus of the IOM Member State Forum, the first of its kind held by the UN Migration Agency, and co-hosted with the Government of Belgium in Brussels this week.