Humanitarian Border Management

IOM observes a strong need to protect the human rights of migrant populations during any crisis, particularly in those that results in cross-border movements. Officials at the border are usually the first to be confronted with such unusual movement dynamics and border security can become affected. Well-prepared and managed crisis response at borders can improve humanitarian action and protect vulnerable migrants while maintaining the security of states and borders. Through its humanitarian border management approach, IOM assists governments and their border institutions to more effectively prepare for and manage crisis-induced displacement and mass movements.

Humanitarian border management is part of the IOM Migration Crisis Operational Framework, a holistic framework developed in 2012 in order to respond to the human mobility dimension of humanitarian crises. The Framework combines IOM humanitarian activities and migration management services in 15 sectors of assistance, one being humanitarian border management. 

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