UN Migration Agency, OAS, Costa Rica Hold High-Level Forum on Irregular Migration Flows in the Americas

San José - The High-Level Forum on Irregular Migration Flows in the Americas took place 12-13 September 2017. The purpose of the forum was to generate commitments to ensure good migration governance in the Americas, including migrants from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean in an irregular situation, and to turn them into real contributions to the building process of the Global Compact for a Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which was adopted in September 2016 by the United Nations General Assembly.

UN Migration Agency Deploys Experts to Support Islands Affected by Hurricanes Irma, Jose

San Jose - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has deployed a surge team of six experts in shelter and camp management, displacement tracking, and gender-based violence risk reduction to support humanitarian efforts in the Caribbean islands most affected by Hurricanes Irma and Jose. IOM has released around a quarter of a million US dollars from emergency funds for relief in the region.

Chile Hosts Regional Consultation for Latin America and Caribbean on Global Compact for Migration

Santiago – The Regional Consultation for Latin America and the Caribbean towards the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) took place last week (30-31/08) in Santiago, Chile. The event was co-hosted by the United Nations (UN) Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

Food Insecurity Second Most-Cited Cause of Migration from Central to North America

Washington, D.C. – A new study supported by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, confirms a clear link between food insecurity and migration in the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

IOM presents a documentary on the risks of irregular migration experienced by a reggae band

San  Jose - The International Organization for Migrations (IOM) presents the documentary “The Fable of the Lion and the Coyote: a band on a hurry but with no visa”, directed by the Costa Rican movie director and producer, Miguel Gómez

UN Migration Agency, USAID Build Protective Environments for Returnees to El Salvador

San Salvador – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and local authorities have begun the construction of a communal house as well as several spaces for sports and recreation for returned migrants in the municipalities of San Miguel and Usulután.

Another 180 Migrants Forced from Boat Today, a Day after 50 Somalis, Ethiopians were Drowned by Smugglers off Yemen

Aden – Up to 180 migrants are reported to have been forced from a boat today (10/08) by smugglers off the coast of Yemen. Five bodies have been recovered so far and around 50 are reported missing. This latest incident comes barely 24 hours after smugglers forced more than 120 Somali and Ethiopian migrants into the sea as they approached the coast of Shabwa, a Yemeni Governorate along the Arabian Sea resulting in the drowning of around 50 migrants. The migrants had been hoping to reach countries in the Gulf via war-torn Yemen.

Migrants Crossing US-Mexico Border Dying at Faster Rate in 2017: UN Migration Agency

Berlin – A new briefing from the Berlin-based Missing Migrants Project (MMP) at IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre shows that migrants crossing the United States-Mexico border are dying at a faster rate in 2017 than in past years.

2017 Global Migration Film Festival: Call for Entries


Switzerland — The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is inviting professional and emerging filmmakers to submit perception-changing films about the migrant experience for the second annual Global Migration Film Festival (5–18 December).

The Global Migration Film Festival showcases films that capture the promise and challenges of migration for those who leave their homes in search of a better life and the unique contributions migrants make to their new communities.

UN Migration Agency Opens Haiti's First Border Resource Centre to Help Returning Haitians

Haiti – On 20 June, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) opened Haiti's first Border Resource Centre (BRC), in coordination with the Mayor of Anse-à-Pîtres and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour. The BRC is the first State institution tasked with ensuring the safe and respectable return of Haitian migrants to their country of origin. Three additional BRCs are in the process of being built at the remaining three official border sites: Malpasse, Belladère, and Ouanaminthe.