The Names Behind the Statistics

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 11:02

By Itayi Viriri

Twenty Eight! That is how many people survived what may be the worst tragedy in living memory involving migrants crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa last weekend. The 28 migrants had been traveling on a wooden fishing boat carrying over 800 people when it capsized near Libya.

Escaping Danger into Uncertainty: The Voyages of Migrants out of Yemen into Somalia

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 15:45

By Dayib Abdirahman Askar, IOM Somalia

Mohamed is originally from Jigjiga, Ethiopia.  He was living in Yemeni capital Sana’a

“I was working at a hotel in Sana’a. I am married and have a one-year-old son.”

Then fighting broke out and Mohamed says there was a fight between two armed groups.

Tackling People Smuggling in Papua New Guinea

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:45

Papua New Guinea has become in the last years a people smugglers destination. Its geography close to Australia, the difficulty of controlling its porous 760 km border shared with Indonesia, a very long coastline, remoteness, lack of infrastructure and developing economy are all factors that have contributed in making this country a destination and a transit passage for smugglers and smuggled persons. 

Migrant Deaths Soar as Mediterranean Sees Worst Tragedy in Living Memory

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 05:22

Sun, April-19-2015

Italy – IOM is calling for swift action from the European Union following the worst tragedy in living memory involving migrants crossing the Mediterranean from north Africa. Up to 700 migrants are missing and feared drowned after the wooden fishing boat on which they were crammed, capsized near Libya as a cargo vessel was coming to its aid. By late Sunday night, one of the survivors was reported to have informed Italian authorities that there may have been up to 950 on board.

IOM Helps Migrants Start Anew in South Sudan

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:57

By Katy Snowball

Mahamed Garad is a 28 year-old Somali living in the United Nations Protection of Civilian (PoC) site, in Juba. Mahamed was forced to leave his humanitarian career in Mogadishu, Somalia in October 2013 because he felt too unsafe to continue working there. After spending time in Rwanda, he headed to South Sudan and established himself in Bor, the capital of Jonglei State, as a retailer.

Migrants Must Be Saved, Not Counted

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:30

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By William Lacy Swing, IOM Director General

GENEVA--Easter tells us of mankind's triumph over injustice; Passover of mankind's liberation from dictatorship.

Both holidays should remind everyone today living in peace and security of the terrible price millions elsewhere are paying to achieve the freedom to live in dignity.

Painted Trucks, Pomegranates and People at Afghan-Pakistan Zero Point

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:24

By Matthew Graydon
IOM Afghanistan


The Torkham border between Afghanistan and Pakistan is chaotic, crowded and dusty, but it is a vital lifeline between the two countries. Nearly twelve thousand people cross the border every day, going to Pakistan to work, study, seek medical treatment or visit family. Lines of colorfully painted trucks bring goods from Pakistan and the rest of the world to landlocked Afghanistan, and carry Afghan pomegranates, nuts and other exports. 

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