Trafficking Risks and Prevention of Exploitation in Times of Crisis: The Case of the Middle East and North Africa

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 17:19

By Sarah Craggs

The sky was blue and the air was crisp. As we turned the corner, the morning sun glistened on the top of a sea of white steel roofs; the car wheels rolled over the gravel. A growing bustle of activity depicted yet another day beginning for tens of thousands of people living and working here.

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.

Zambia Toolkit to Identify Migrant Protection Needs

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 17:10

By Annie Lane

The proper identification of migrants with specific protection needs is critical for ensuring the protection of their basic human rights. Under an IOM-led programme component, Zambia’s ‘Protection Tools for Vulnerable Migrants’ was developed. These ‘Tools’ are intended to strengthen border officials and service providers’ awareness and understanding of international, regional and national legal instruments and set clear guidance for identifying, referring and providing assistance to migrants in need.

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