Our Shared Humanity
Statement of the Director General on World Humanitarian Day
There are 65 million people displaced worldwide. An unprecedented number of people are being forced to migrate to escape war, poverty, the impact of climate change and persecution.
Libya - Over the past five years, IOM has facilitated the voluntary return of thousands of migrants from Libya back to their countries of origin.
Libya - Salma* was 16 years old when she travelled to Libya with the assistance of a relative.
The pageantry of the recent opening ceremony of the Olympic Games coalesced representatives of 207 nations in astounding fashion.
We see them on the news nearly on a daily basis – refugees fleeing their homes, leaving everything behind in search of safety. But how many of us have really ever stopped to think what we would do if we were in their shoes? What tough decisions would we be forced to make if we were in their place?