Joe Lowry

"The Streets Are Empty and We Hear Sirens Much More Often"

In Tbilisi and in other cities of Georgia, streets are mostly empty and we hear emergency vehicle sirens much more often than before.  The four main cities, Tbilisi, Rustavi, Batimu and Kutaisi and many villages are on lockdown to prevent further spread of the virus.

The Truman Virus

Anyone who watched the 1990s cult film The Truman Show will remember the fictitious reality show’s slogan: “How’s It Going To End?”

"Awaken, the Morning Nowruz Breeze is Showering the Garden with Flowers"

Those lines are uppermost on the minds of millions of people in at least 21 countries – plus millions more migrants around the globe – as they begin the celebration of Nowruz, which is the beginnin

Big Mellow Taxi

Her name was Farzaneh* and she popped up on my phone screen, pink hijab and rating of 4.7.  

Time for Action: New Initiative Strengthens Fight Against Migrant Smuggling

Yesterday in Vienna, IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched a joint platform on countering migrant smuggling.

Ireland Shakes to Afro-Shamrock Hip Hop!

St Patrick was Migrant. More than that, Ireland’s patron saint, whose feast day is celebrated across the world today was a victim of trafficking, kidnapped from France and brought to Ireland as a slave, where he tended sheep on a lonely mountain.

Let Us Go Then, You and I, When the Evening is Spread Out Against the Sky

Thailand - A week from now I will be migrating, writes Joe Lowry, IOM’s new Senior Media & Communications Officer for South Eastern & Eastern Europe.

All the Leaves are Gone…

Vanuatu - Vanuatu, sitting in the heart of the South Pacific, is known as a tropical paradise; a string of lush, verdant islands lapped by sapphire seas. Now it’s a wasteland, smashed beyond recognition by Cyclone Pam which roared over the island nation on Friday 13th.  


Pamela: Child of the Cyclone


Somewhere, out on the Pacific swell, a dot in the ocean off the shores of storm-lashed Vanuatu, there is a fishing boat. And on it, is a man who doesn’t yet know he’s a father.


Vietnamese Migrant Wins Pulitzer for Debut Book

Viet Thanh Nguyen's maiden novel, “The Sympathiser,” set in Vietnam and the United States – barely noticed by the lit crits – highly impressed the  Pulitzer judges who called it the story of “a man of two minds and two countries”.

Processing the Bali Process

Four years ago, I had no idea what the Bali Process was.

Jobs for the Bots

What’s the biggest threat to your job security? A migrant from a developing country who will work for less than you? Or that smart intern, wowing your boss?