International Dialogue Will Focus on Migration Consequences of Complex Crises

Posted on Fri, Apr-20-2012
IOM will hold a two-day workshop on migration management in crisis situations at the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva on 24-25 April.

"Moving to Safety: Migration Consequences of Complex Crises" will be the first of two events comprising IOM's International Dialogue on Migration 2012. A second workshop in the same series will take place in mid-September.

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Moving to Safety: Migration Consequences of Complex Crises

Crises can massively impact human migration. According to the Brookings Institute, an estimated two million people were displaced in North Africa and the Middle East as a result of the "Arab Spring" in 2011.

Conflict, civil unrest or natural disasters can often generate complex migration flows that represent huge challenges for both national authorities and the international community.

"More systematic approaches are clearly needed at both national and international level to manage such ‘migration crises'," says IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson.

The Geneva workshop will allow participants to discuss lessons learned from past migration crises, compare internal and cross-border displacement, and to examine policy options and existing cooperation mechanisms.

Speakers will include government officials, academics, representatives of international organizations and civil society, and migrants.

The event is open to the media. For background papers and an agenda, please visit:

For more information, please contact:

Karoline Popp
IOM Geneva
Tel: +41.227179402