IOM STRATEGIC RESPONSE AND RECOVERY PLAN
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25/03/2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an unprecedented and devastating global impact, including on migration and thereby, people on the move. Where much of the world is dependent upon well-functioning and safe mobility for economic development, it is estimated that the pandemic stalled migration in 2020 by 27%2. Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been impacted. Read more
This information brief has been prepared as part of the overall IOM COVID-19 response and aims to analyse situations requiring immigration, consular and visa related support around the world as a result of COVID-19 and contribute to the development of recovery programming from both an operational and policy perspective. Read more
Communities around the world have responded to COVID-19 with strong cooperation and solidarity. Some, however, have found in it a pretext to scapegoat foreign nationals and the most vulnerable, blaming them for the virus’ spread. Visit Fight Xenophobia Page I Combatting Xenophobia is Key to an Effective COVID-19 Recovery Read Press Note
The dramatic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have further embedded public health concerns in questions of migration and mobility at large, revealing the critical need to rethink policies and practices. Read more
Global Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SRP) for Coronavirus Disease 2019 - March 2020
Building on the 2020 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan, IOM’s approach in 2021 uses a robust Strategic Response and Recovery Plan (SRRP) which encompasses life-saving assistance and response to humanitarian needs, initiatives to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on migrants and societies, as well as support to recovery and resilience integrating longer-term sustainable development planning.
IOM’s 2021 SRRP focuses on four strategic objectives:
You can download IOM’s COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response plan in English.
Since January, and in line with WHO recommendations, IOM’s global workforce has been mobilized across the world, drawing down on decades of experience, most recently with the Ebola epidermic and working with dozens of governments to plan their responses and save lives as the global health crisis evolves into the most significant mobility crisis ever.
IOM’s strategic response focuses on reaching the vulnerable and building operational capacities to address the mobility dimensions of this pandemic. These actions include:
In view of the impact of the pandemic on IOM’s daily operations, including the increasing number of travel restrictions, a thorough assessment is being undertaken to ensure the continued safety of the staff, partners and all beneficiaries of the organisation. Across all of IOM’s activities, priority is given to mainstreaming protection concerns within the COVID-19 response to ensure that our efforts are people-centred, inclusive and do no harm to the populations we assist. Thus far, the following actions have been taken:
Despite these programmatic changes, IOM is closely following the evolving situation on the ground and retains full capacity and readiness to resume operations as soon as conditions allow.
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