And the winner is… Somalia's "Saving Migrants Lives” Entry! (It almost looks like it was planned…)

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 14:37

By Amy Rhoades

What are the chances that of all the vibrant diverse #MigrationMeans photos submitted over the past six months, that the winning photo would be the very (and only) one that carries the exact same message selected by DG Swing last month as this year’s International Migrants Day theme ‘Saving Migrants Lives’?

Interview with Admiral Pettorino, Italian Coast Guard: “Saving Lives is Our Only Concern”

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:08

For the men working in the Control Centre of the Coast Guard in Rome, there is no difference between night and day. In this high-tech room there are no windows – only rows of computers and screens displaying maps of the Mediterranean Sea (and the world) and the positions of military and commercial ships. This room controls the Coast Guard’s rescue operations at sea – hour by hour, without any interruption.

IOM Director General Calls for Action to Save Migrants Lives on International Migrants Day 2014

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 17:52

On International Migrants Day 2014, December 18th, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing is calling for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and stop smugglers from exploiting their desperation to extort huge sums of money.

IOM data shows that the number of migrants dying on dangerous journeys in the hope of finding better lives for themselves and their families, is rising.

FROM SOMALIA: Hajira Hassan’s story

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 14:43

Life in IDP camps is always difficult. We had a life back there in our home. We had a piece of land in Qoryoley, but because of the fight we lost everything. We lost our property and had no other option than to move to the capital. I was not even sure how life would be in Mogadishu but I just followed my neighbours and friends who were also moving to the city.

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