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Enhancing Access to Services for Migrants in the Context of COVID-19: Preparedness, Prevention, Response and Beyond

11 / 06 / 2020

Geneva - The impact of COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of ensuring access to services for all.  Whether as a means to ensure we protect our societies against the virus; or to uphold universal rights, COVID-19 demands a truly inclusive response.
 



IOM Releases Global Guidance on International Recruitment and Protection of Migrant Workers

10 / 06 / 2020

Geneva — Migrant workers can be vulnerable to abuse and exploitation during migration and employment due to factors including unethical recruitment, migration status, fear of deportation, or the inability to find alternative employment, particularly during the current COVID-19 crisis.
 
Today (8 June) the International Organization for Migration is publishing new, pioneering guidance for Member States on the regulation of international recruitment and protection of migrant workers.
 



IOM launches survey to understand how the pandemic has affected migrants in the Latin American region

05 / 06 / 2020

Since the start of the rapid spread of the the novel corona virus (COVID-19) approximately 92% of countries in the Americas have closed their borders as part of precautionary measures since April 6, 2020. 



IOM, Partners Offer “Filter Hotel” to Migrants Needing Quarantine in Northern Mexico

05 / 06 / 2020

 

Ciudad Juárez – In this Mexican city on the border with the United States, many migrant shelters have closed their doors in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For this reason, recently arrived migrants to the city, or those who can no longer afford to pay for lodging, wonder if they would have somewhere to go during the quarantine ordered by authorities.  



Adapting to Change: IOM Faces COVID-19 Pandemic by Strengthening Outreach Tools

03 / 06 / 2020

San José - The COVID-19 emergency has brought many changes, but issues affecting migrants haven’t disappeared. To keep providing support and services at a distance, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean is rewiring existing outreach tools: MigApp and a network of Information Hubs. 

MigApp is IOM’s global app for migrants. A quarter of its users are in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Now, with the pandemic, digital repositories are crucial. 



IOM DR: A Bilingual, Tropical Song to Combat COVID-19 and Unite Two Peoples

01 / 06 / 2020

Santo Domingo – These days you can hear a catchy, Afro-Caribbean tune being shared on social media and playing on cell phones across the Dominican Republic. “Al Coronavirus, sácale los pies… súbele los vidrios… al Coronavirus…” (“Ditch the coronavirus… close the curtain on coronavirus…”), turning two popular Dominican expressions into the chorus of a song enjoyed both in Spanish and in Haitian Creole. 

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Combatting Xenophobia is Key to an Effective COVID-19 Recovery

26 / 05 / 2020

Geneva - Few crises in our collective memory have had the global reach of COVID-19. Across our societies, communities have responded to this pandemic with strong cooperation and solidarity. Some, however, have found in it a pretext to scapegoat foreign nationals including migrants, and others living on the fringes of society, blaming them for the virus’ spread.  



United States Funds IOM Humanitarian Assistance for Vulnerable Migrants Affected by COVID-19

26 / 05 / 2020

Washington DC – The Government of the United States is providing nearly USD 28.5 million in new funds to support the International Organization for Migration (IOM) COVID-19 response globally. The contribution will provide vital humanitarian assistance to refugees, vulnerable migrants and host communities in almost 30 countries.  



Inter-American Development Bank, IOM Partner to Address Migration Challenges

15 / 05 / 2020

Washington, DC – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have signed a memorandum of understanding to maximize cooperation and jointly promote orderly, regular, and safe migration as an enabler of sustainable development and inclusive growth in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). 



Urgent Support Needed as COVID-19 Inflicts Hardship on Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela

12 / 05 / 2020

Joint IOM/UNHCR Press Release 

Geneva – With the COVID-19 pandemic threatening the safety and future of millions of refugees and migrants from Venezuela and their host communities, more than 150 organizations working across 17 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are appealing to the international community for an urgent increase in support.