Press Releases

  • A safe harbour is urgently needed for the 49 migrants stranded for days in the Mediterranean

    Floriana, (02/01/2019) – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) expresses its concerns regarding the conditions of the 49 migrants rescued several days ago in the Mediterranean, for whom a safe port has not yet been guaranteed.

  • On International Migrants Day a Call for Dignity, Respect for Migrant Choices

    Migration is the great issue of our era. Migration With Dignity (#WithDignity) is the theme of 2018’s International Migrants Day, which we observe on Tuesday (18 December). 

  • 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. 

  • UN Migration Agency Launches Digital Platform to Engage Diaspora Members in Development

    Geneva — IOM, the UN Migration Agency, officially launched its iDiaspora platform yesterday (08/09), during a side event as part the International Dialogue for Migration that is underway in Geneva. iDiaspora is a global engagement and knowledge exchange hub for transnational communities and those looking to engage with them. To reflect the global nature and diversity of this initiative, satellite launches are being planned in Cairo, London, and Washington DC.

  • IOM commends the Government of Malta for prioritizing saving lives at sea

    Floriana, 19/08: As the Maltese authorities rose to the occasion to save the lives of 61 migrants facing distress at sea late last night, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, commends the Government of Malta for showing its commitment towards prioritizing humanity when it comes to preventing loss of liv

  • Call for Applications: ‘Start and Scale-Up for SDGs’ at Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018

    Geneva IOM, the UN Migration Agency, joins the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and partners in announcing a call for applications to participate in the prestigious youth entrepreneurship pitching event entitled Start and Scale-up for SDGs. The event will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on 15 November 2018 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (12-16 November 2018).

  • Migration and Sustainable Development Goals focus of 2018 High-level Political Forum

    New York – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, participates in the 2018 High-level Political Forum (HLPF), which is underway from 9-18 July, by co-organizing three events to address the migration related aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN Headquarters in New York.  

  • IOM commends the decision regarding the disembarkation of MV Lifeline

    Malta, (27/06/2018): International Organization for Migration (IOM) – the United Nations Migration Agency – commends the decision of the Government of Malta to allow for MV Lifeline to dock and for the 234 rescued migrants on board the ship to disembark in Malta. IOM also welcomes the immediate humanitarian assistance (including medical evacuations) provided by the Maltese authorities to the migrants, including the most vulnerable individuals, who were in need of aid, since MV lifeline had been stranded at sea for the past six days.

  • IOM Director General Welcomes Spain’s Offer of Safe Harbour for Migrants Aboard Aquarius

    Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has welcomed the decision by Spain to offer a safe harbour to over six hundred migrants – including scores of children and seven pregnant women – who have been waiting aboard a rescue vessel since Sunday (10/06)

  • UN Migration Agency Committed to Beating Malaria through Partnership and Action

    Geneva – On World Malaria Day (25/04), IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and other global partners are promoting efforts to tackle malaria, one of the oldest, yet most pervasive public health threats of our time. In 2016, there were over 216 million cases of malaria globally, 445,000 malaria related deaths, and USD 2.7 billion invested in prevention, treatment and elimination of the disease.