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UN Agencies regret the death of persons on the move in Latin America, and stand ready to accompany a coordinated regional response

15 / 10 / 2021

UN Agencies deeply regret the shipwreck in Acandí, Colombia, on October 11 of a vessel carrying around 30 people headed to Panama. Colombian authorities reported that three people lost their lives in the tragedy and another six, including three children, are missing.



More Than 91,000 Migrants Have Crossed Darien Gap on Way to North America This Year

08 / 10 / 2021

More than 91,300 migrants, mostly Haitians, have trekked through the perilous Darien Gap jungle to Panama from Colombia this year hoping to reach the United States, Canada or Mexico, according to Panama's National Migration Service (SNM). The figure for the first nine months triples the previous record of 30,000 on the same route during all of 2016. 



UN Agencies Call for Protection Measures and a Comprehensive Regional Approach for Haitians on the Move

30 / 09 / 2021

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) call on states to refrain from expelling Haitians without proper assessment of their individual protection needs, to uphold the fundamental human rights of Haitians on the move, and to offer protection mechanisms or other legal stay arrangements for more effective access to regular migration pathways. 



Japan Provides USD 900,000 to Support IOM’s Earthquake Response Efforts in Haiti

24 / 09 / 2021

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan has allocated USD 900,000 through an Emergency Grant Aid to support the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s earthquake response efforts in Haiti.

The 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on 14 August has led to the death of 2,248 people and injury of an additional 12,763. A total of 53,815 buildings were destroyed and 83,770 were damaged, affecting over 800,000 people.



EU, IOM donate high-level tools to the Jamaica constabulary force to improve human trafficking investigations

14 / 09 / 2021

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with the European Union (EU), on Wednesday, 8 September 2021, handed over vital investigative equipment to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), to bolster human trafficking investigations. The event was held at the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigative Branch (C-TOC), downtown Kingston.



IOM Supports First Response to Earthquake in Haiti

17 / 08 / 2021

As Haiti struggles to cope in the aftermath of a deadly weekend earthquake, the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) relief efforts to support national authorities are now also focusing on finding safe buildings where thousands of displaced residents can shelter from an approaching storm likely to cause flash flooding and mudslides.
 



Safety of Afghans and Humanitarian Access Must be Top Priorities

17 / 08 / 2021

Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been following with great concern the developments in Afghanistan and the grave consequences for displaced people and civilians needing humanitarian assistance, in a country already severely affected by years of conflict and drought.   



Japan funds emergency shelters for displaced families in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

23 / 07 / 2021

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will provide emergency shelter assistance to 280 displaced families affected by the La Soufrière volcanic eruption in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. This response is funded by a US$ 850K Emergency Grant Aid provided by the Government of Japan.  



IOM launches Stop Human Trafficking Art Competition in Jamaica

21 / 07 / 2021

Art in all its various forms has always effectively captured the most authentic expressions and experiences of human life, the realities of Trafficking in Persons being no exception. IOM Jamaica has launched a visual and performing arts competition titled ‘Artworks for Freedom: Stop Human Trafficking Art Competition,’ under the Multi Country Border Security project (MCBSP) which is being implemented in Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominica Republic, with funding from the European Union.



The Regional Conference on Migration Launches Training Program for its Member Countries on Protection and Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants

01 / 07 / 2021

In 2021, the number of people seeking refuge in Mexico has increased exponentially. In fact, the total number of applications for 2020 (around 41,000) had already been surpassed by May. In this month alone, 9,327 applications were received, the highest number registered by Mexico’s Commission for Refugee Assistance. In this context, it is essential to have tools that adapt to new needs and allow the protection of vulnerable migrants.