• Representatives of the International Organization for Migration’s member states are meeting in Geneva for the 113th session of the council. The Council is the highest authority of the IOM. It meets in regular sessions once a year and in special sessions at the request of: one-third of its members, the Director General or the Chairman of the Council in urgent circumstances. The main functions of the Council, as set out in the provisions of the IOM Constitution, are to: determine, examine and review the policies, programmes and activities of the Organization; review the reports, approve and direct the activities of any subsidiary body; review the reports, approve and direct the activities of the Director General; review and approve the programme,…

  • The Second International Dialogue on Migration Session of 2022 took place on October 24-25th in Geneva, Switzerland. The session takes place in the lead-up to the 27th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), taking place in Egypt, and building on the successful outcomes of the first International Migration Review Forum, to strengthen action to address the complex interlinkages between climate change, food security and human mobility. IOM understands these links through the wide lens of human security and is committed to putting vulnerable people at the center of its responses. Food security, water security, environmental security and livelihood security are all affected by climate change…

  • In Mid-June 2022, Pakistan witnessed extreme flooding which damaged more than 1.14 million houses and over 765,000 houses have been destroyed across the country. An estimated 33 million people across the country have been impacted by the floods.

  • The EU-IOM Knowledge Management Hub (KMH) was established in September 2017 under the European Union-funded Pilot Action on Voluntary Return and Sustainable, Community-Based Reintegration. It aims to strengthen learning across return and reintegration programmes, and support the development and harmonization of approaches, processes and tools on these topics. Among its overarching objectives it aims to showcase the importance of adopting an integrated approach to reintegration and support its implementation by highlighting its holistic and multifactorial nature. Through an audio-visual production activity run in eleven countries, materials aim to promote a more balanced narrative on return and reintegration by focusing on realistic and fact-based…

  • IOM and the European Union rehabilitated and upgraded 32 public infrastructure sites including water and sanitation sites, schools and health facilities, benefitting more than 650,000 people in Ma’rib and Lahj governorates in Yemen.

  • IOM and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center rehabilitated or built 15 schools across Yemen to give conflict-affected children a brighter future

  • IOM’s response to migrants in need of assistance in Yemen.

  • The 2022 Global Chiefs of Missions meeting took place in Geneva featuring all of IOM's chiefs of missions, regional directors, and other visiting colleagues to a range of thematic topics and key issues.

  • Ethiopia has one of the world’s largest internally displaced populations, with displacement risks remaining high in 2022. IOM in Ethiopia focuses on supporting crisis-affected populations in Ethiopia, including vulnerable migrants and returnees, addressing immediate humanitarian needs, while undertaking longer-term actions to build resilience and foster sustainable peace and development.

  • It’s Only the End of the World is a dystopian photography exhibition that predicts a future where complacency against climate change triumphs over action. A fisherman attempts to fish in the desert. A young child sits in front of discarded lumber, grim souvenirs of a once thriving forest. A woman stands looking into the distance, as the ocean rises around her.

  • Photos of by IOM Georgia taken during different activities in previous years.

  • A compilation of visibility products for IOM's 70th Anniversary. For queries, contact avteam@iom.int

  • The Fall Session of the 2021 International Dialogue on Migration held in Geneva. The IDM is IOM’s principal forum for migration policy dialogue. Founded in 2001 and rooted in IOM’s Constitution and Strategy, the IDM is open to IOM Member and Observer States, as well as international and non-governmental organizations, migrants, and partners from media, academia or the private sector. The IDM provides a space to analyse current and emerging issues in migration governance and to exchange experiences, policy approaches and effective practices.

  • Different UN agencies working in Marka Town, Lower Shabelle Region of Somalia conducted a joint visit on June 2021 to Marka hospital, a local NGO supported by the UN, Nuurto Taliyo IDP camp, and other locations. Marka Town of Marka District was recovered from Al Shabaab (extremist group) in March 2017. Certain areas of Marka District are still under Al Shabaab control and are slowly being recovered with the government and AMISOM support. IOM continues to provide community stabilization support to Marka Town and especially newly liberated locations in Marka district and other locations within Lower Shabelle Region.

  • A joint UN mission was conducted in Galkayo to visit, monitor and assess two IDP camps (Deegan and Somaliweyn ) and a hospital supported by UN agencies. Increase in IDPs population over last 3 months is attributed to armed conflict and drought.

  • Documentation of IOM programmatic works in Nigeria in the time of COVID-19 pandemic. (Please find more information in the individual photos and videos)

  • When people go missing on migration journeys, their disappearance has reverberating effects on their families and communities left behind. In 2019-2020, IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) and a team of independent researchers carried out a project in Ethiopia, Spain, the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe with the aim of learning how people with missing migrant relatives cope with the absence of their loved ones while actively seeking answers, and how they could be better supported in their efforts by governments and other actors. 

  • A collection of stories of people who have been internally displaced around the world.

  • Home to 7.2 million people as well as over 800 spoken languages, Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a country that ranges greatly in traditions, lifestyles, agriculture, transportation, and local markets. One of the country’s strongest traits is that of tradition and the knowledge and values that is passed down from generation to generation. Over the centuries, humans have been faced with various types of hazards, most of which turned into disasters. For many living in the Pacific nation, disasters are simply a fact of life in both natural and man-made varieties. Additionally, PNG ranks in among the top 6 nations worldwide with having the highest percentage of its population exposed to a multitude of hazards. To make matters worse, large swaths of the…

  • Every year, scores of Ethiopian men, women, and children leave home in search of a better life. They travel to Somalia and Djibouti along the so-called Eastern Migration Route, cross the Gulf of Aden, and journey through conflict-torn Yemen to the Gulf, principally the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in search of work. Others head northwest to Sudan and onto conflict-torn Libya to try and cross the central Mediterranean, the deadliest sea-crossing in the world.

  • IOM Bangladesh Covid-19 response 2020

  • A collection of humanitarian activities by IOM colleagues around the world responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • The French photojournalist of Iranian origin Reza Deghati led a three-day photography training workshop in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The training was aimed at migrants returning to their country after experiencing difficult journeys abroad. Six young photographers also participated in the training. After learning the technical aspects of photography, the participants put their new skills into practice by attending reintegration and recreation activities organized by IOM for returnees and community members. This training is the first in a series to be organized by IOM across West Africa in 2020. It was organized in the framework of the Joint EU-IOM Initiative for the Protection and Reintegration of Migrants in the Sahel and Lake Chad regions.…

  • In Côte d'Ivoire, returning migrants and community members were trained on a rice farming project through the EU-IOM Joint Initiative. The objective of this project is to contribute to the sustainable reintegration of returnees by creating community-based projects contributing to the development of the community of Yobouekro. Launched in December 2016 with funding from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for the Protection and Reintegration of Migrants is the first global programme to save lives, to protect and assist migrants along key migration routes in Africa.

  • The Central-East region is the most affected community by irregular migration in Burkina Faso. In 2018, 56 per cent of migrants assisted to voluntary return to Burkina Faso by IOM came from this region. As part of its awareness raising activities, IOM trained 25 community actors from the Central-Eastern Region of Burkina Faso trained by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in community mobilization techniques. The goal is to empower these voices to effectively raise awareness among young people about the dangers of irregular migration. Migration of young “able-bodies” from the region is more often due to a precarious economic situation, plus social and cultural motivations. Therefore, it is crucial to adopt participatory approach…

  • In the context of reintegration activities 355 returning migrants have received vocational training and have been accompanied in the creation of micro-enterprises or in the search for a job or work experience. More than 2,300 blocked migrants have voluntarily returned to Burkina Faso under the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for the Protection and Reintegration of Migrants (in October 2019). Launched in December 2016 with funding from the EU Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for the Protection and Reintegration of Migrants is the first global programme to save lives, protect and assist migrants along key migration routes in Africa.

  • In Burkina Faso, to mark the International Day of the African Child, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized events and activities on June 16, 2019 bringing together 300 children, including migrants. Performances including dance, songs, poetry about migration as well as graffiti took place throughout the day. Tenkodogo is one of the largest cities in the Central-Eastern region of Burkina Faso, the region with the highest migration rate in the country, with 60% of outbound migration.

  • A food and goods distribution to returned migrants in Burkina Faso. More than 2,300 stranded migrants have voluntarily returned to Burkina Faso in the framework of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration (as of October 2019). As part of their reintegration, they receive in-kind support such as food and non-food items to help them rebuild their lives and meet their immediate needs.

  • Ag Zeini Mohamed is 115-year-old. A native of Ansogo, a district in Northern Mali’s Gao region, he fought for the French Army during the Second World War. After that he was involved in conflicts worldwide, including those in Indochina and Biafra. In 38 years of military service, this centenarian — who presents himself as the memory bank of six Malian generations — has travelled much of the world. He also lived in Togo and Ghana, before settling in Burkina Faso. In 2017, he received help from IOM to finally return home through the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration.

  • Returned migrants participate in a cash-for-work activity in Garango, in Eastern Burkina Faso. When migrants return home, they often lack money to care for their basic needs. IOM organizes cash-for-work activities as a first step towards the sustainable reintegration of migrants. These activities contribute to strengthening social cohesion between returned migrants and community members, while offering returned migrants the financial boost they need to restart their lives.

  • In Burkina Faso, The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the Government of Burkina Faso, and with funding from the European Union, is supporting the establishment of livestock farmer groups in Burkina Faso. In Centre-East and Centre-South of Burkina Faso, the two main regions of origin for migrants leaving this country, IOM has provided about 500 sheep, rams, oxen and donkeys to 99 Burkinabè who returned from Libya and Algeria in 2018 to ensure their socio-economic reintegration in the country. To support their sustainable reintegration, the returnees received – in addition to this in-kind assistance – training in business management, cooperative operation and livestock farming techniques. The training sessions,…

  • Category Five Hurricane Dorian was the worst disaster to ever hit landfall in the Bahamas. The storm struck in August 2019 and affected more than 70,000 people. As residents of the hurricane-struck island of Abaco begin to return and rebuild their homes, IOM is working with the government and partners to help remove debris, assess and track the needs of affected populations and search for dignified housing solutions for the displaced.

  • In Côte d’Ivoire, 30 returned migrants signed up for a community chicken farming project along with 20 community members as part of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative. Launched in December 2016 with funding from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration is the first comprehensive programme to save lives, protect and assist migrants along key migration routes in Africa.

  • In 2015, Celestin and Bleoulou, returned to Cote d’Ivoire with IOM’s support through the EU-IOM Joint Initiative, and opened a cybercafé as part of their reintegration. Today, with the revenues generated, they opened a hair salon and are planning on opening a second cybercafé. Launched in December 2016 with funding from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration is the first comprehensive programme to save lives, protect and assist migrants along key migration routes in Africa.