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Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela During COVID-19 Crisis: As Needs Soar More Inclusive Measures and Aid Are Essential

 

Joint UNHCR-IOM Press Release 

Geneva, 1 April 2020 – With the Coronavirus pandemic testing health care systems around the world, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) are calling attention to the challenges facing refugees and migrants from Venezuela.  



The Rights and Health of Refugees, Migrants and Stateless Must be Protected in COVID-19 Response

OHCHR, IOM, UNHCR and WHO - Joint Press Release  

Geneva - In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, we are all vulnerable. The virus has shown that it does not discriminate - but many refugees, those forcibly displaced, the stateless and migrants are at heightened risk. 



IOM Joins Global Response to Prevent the Spread, Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 on Crisis-Affected Communities

Geneva – Today (25 March) the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is joining the health and humanitarian community to launch the interagency COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).

The plan is part of a joint response by IOM and its agency partners mandated to address the direct public health and indirect humanitarian consequences of the pandemic on populations in crisis around the world.



COVID-19 Does Not Discriminate; Nor Should Our Response

Geneva - As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations Network on Migration salutes the immense efforts to date to combat this crisis and urges that all – including migrants regardless of their migratory status – are included in efforts to mitigate and roll back this illness’s impact. To that end, migrants must be seen as both potential victims and as an integral part of any effective public health response. It is particularly important that all authorities make every effort to confront xenophobia, including where migrants and others are subject to discri



IOM, UNHCR announce temporary suspension of resettlement travel for refugees

 

Geneva – As countries drastically reduce entry into their territories owing to the COVID-19 global health crisis, and restrictions around international air travel are introduced, travel arrangements for resettling refugees are currently subject to severe disruptions. Some States have also placed a hold on resettlement arrivals given their public health situation, which impacts on their capacity to receive newly resettled refugees. 



IOM Completes CCCM Training on Abaco

Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) completed a three-day Camp Management and Camp Coordination (CCCM) training workshop for disaster relief volunteers in Marsh Harbour, Abaco last Thursday.

Fifteen volunteers representing several non-profit humanitarian organizations currently assisting in relief efforts on Abaco including The Bahamas Red Cross, Americares, SmartAid and IsraAid participated in the training.



The Fight Against Xenophobia in Central America has the Support of Governments, United Nations and Civil Society

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) presented, on the 26th and 27th February, the International Conference “The Fight Against Xenophobia in the Era of Disinformation and Artificial Intelligence” in San Jose, Costa Rica. The event sought to create an action plan and an early warning system to combat xenophobia and discrimination against migrants and refugees in Central America.



IOM Campaigns Help Communities in Mexico and Central America Seek Alternatives to Irregular Migration

San José – C4D is shorthand for ‘communication for development’, a staple of messaging campaigns in the humanitarian realm. The enduring question, for bodies like the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is, do they work? 

A review of four C4D campaigns implemented by the IOM in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador has revealed the effectiveness of promoting safe migration through participative and evidence-based activities.   



Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Guyana Lead Robust Migration Within the Caribbean, New IOM Study Finds

Georgetown – Throughout the world, ‘international’ migration mostly involves people travelling across borders within their region to access better employment, education opportunities, the chance to start a business or reunite with family members. 

In other words, most cross-border migration is regional, and that’s true even in regions whose countries don’t always share land borders. 



More Deaths Recorded in the Americas in 2019 than in Previous Years: IOM

Berlin – At least 810 people died crossing deserts, rivers and remote terrain on different migration routes across the Americas in 2019, making the year one of deadliest on record, according to data from the Missing Migrants Project (MMP) collected at IOM’s Data Analysis Centre in Berlin.