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A crash course in humanitarian radio

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:36 -- admin

By Naomi Mihara

‘You have 30 minutes to set up the station and start broadcasting.  Now GO, GO, GO!’. After a mass scramble as we tried to remember what we’d practiced in the classroom the week before, like magic, we were live on air.

IOM takes strides on gender

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:01 -- admin

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By Angela Carreño

In 1963, Merry Lepper was the first woman who set a world record in the marathon with a time of 3:37:07, the same year Leonard Graves Edelen set a world record of 2:14:28. The difference of speed between the fastest man and women was 1 hour and 23 minutes. Today, the current world record difference is 12 minutes.  The question we have to ask is, what happened in the last 50 years that reduced this gap?

A migrant structure for Japan

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 18:23 -- admin

By William Barriga

The public debate on Japan’s aging society, low birthrate, shrinking population and labor shortage is read at the breakfast table almost daily. Although these are not new issues, recently the debate is heating up, triggered by several factors.

Mobility is the Key

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 18:19 -- admin

By Christopher Hoffman

Whether we are discussing pre-disaster risk reduction methodologies or post disaster response, one overarching factor is key: mobility.

Breaking on the Border

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 14:27 -- publisher


Undocumented Cambodian migrant workers arrive in Poi Pet, Cambodia from Thailand last week. Some 200,000 are estimated to have made the journey since 9 June. Photo IOM/Joe Lowry 2014

EU must establish common 'safe' and 'regular' migration paths

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 17:23 -- publisher


From The Parliament Magazine

By Bernd Hemingway, IOM Regional Director for the EU, EEA and NATO

This article was first published in The Parliament Magazine.

The sea is just warming up, and already the number of migrants and asylum seekers reaching the EU's Mediterranean borders is set to surpass totals for all of 2013.

With over 3000 arrivals in Sicily last weekend, the number of people who have made it to Italy by sea from North Africa since the beginning of the year is over 40,000.

Modeling Displacement Risks

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:12 -- Anthony Robert

An Interview with IDMC Senior Advisor Justin Ginnetti

Drought-related displacement is really difficult to measure. It is much more complex than displacement related to other hazards because droughts don't knock down one's home, and their impacts are usually felt after a delay, and in combination with lots of other human-related factors. IDMC is applying new modelling approaches to capture the complexity of devastation and resulting displacement that drought brings.

Providing Evidence for Policymaking

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 18:24 -- admin

By Gina Gallardo and Sieun Lee

“We must be pragmatic in our approach, given how quickly some small islands are going under water. We need to educate people about the impacts of climate change on their lives and livelihoods.”

Many Strong Voices Programme: Building Communities Capacities for Relocation

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:45 -- admin


By John Crump and Alyssa Johl

“We must be pragmatic in our approach, given how quickly some small islands are going under water.  We need to educate people about the impacts of climate change on their lives and livelihoods.”

Environmental Migration Finally Finds Its Way to Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Policy

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:01 -- admin


By Ashley Carl, IOM Chief of Mission in the FederatedStates of Micronesia

One of the primary aims of IOM’s collaboration with the Government is to ensure that environmental migration is managed with resilient solutions that establish appropriate safeguards for the protection of displaced populations afflicted by severe climate-induced hazards. The recent severe drought in neighbouring Marshall Islands, which affected approximately 13% of the island’s population, is a poignant reminder for countries in this remote region of the northern Pacific of the urgency of reducing the risks of disasters and adapting to climate change.

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