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12 October 2018

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Global Migration Indicators 2018

IOM Releases Global Migration Indicators Report 2018

Berlin – Prepared by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), the Global Migration Indicators Report 2018 summarizes key global migration trends based on the latest statistics, showcasing 21 indicators across 17 migration topics. 

The report is based on statistics from a variety of sources, which can be easily accessed through IOM’s Global Migration Data Portal.

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In the Federated States of Micronesia, IOM trained 1,645 workers in the local communities to ‘build back better’ in the likely event of future typhoons. Photo: Muse Mohammed/IOM

IOM Staff Share Their Messages for International Day for Disaster Reduction in New Global Video

Geneva – Ahead of International Day for Disaster Reduction on Saturday 13 October, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, releases an annual progress report on disaster risk reduction initiatives supported by a global video of DRR practitioners.

Natural hazards and disasters, exacerbated by a variety of risk factors, including accelerated urbanization and population growth, are expected to displace millions of people every year within their countries of origin and across borders. In 2018 alone, there were 18.8 million new internal displacements associated with disasters in 135 countries.

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Trafficking survivor gets medical assistance at IOM’s unique rehabilitation centre in Kyiv. Photo: Volodymyr Shuvayev/IOM

IOM Marks 20 Years of Counter-Trafficking in Ukraine

Kyiv – Human trafficking is an acute challenge for Ukraine, with over 1,200 victims identified and assisted last year alone by IOM, the UN Migration Agency. IOM has been assisting trafficking victims in the country for 20 years, and in that time 15,000 have received medical, psychosocial and legal assistance, vocational training and equipment to help them start enterprises.

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  • IPS reported on Senegalese migrant returnees participating in the Migrants as Messengers (MaM) awareness-raising campaign developed by IOM, through which migrants share their experiences and warn others about the risks of irregular migration. Another IPS report also focused on MaM.
  • The Daily Tribune reported that IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino praised the Philippines’ care and engagement with its nationals overseas a ‘model’ for other countries, during a meeting with the country’s Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola in Geneva.
  • Harare 24 reported that Zimbabwe’s National Migration Coordination Directorate, housed at the Ministry of Home Affairs, will now be fully functional after receiving equipment from IOM.  
  • ANSA reported on CinemArena, a cinema-based project run by the Italian Foreign Ministry which aims to inform potential migrants in small villages in Africa about the dangers of irregular migration.
  • Financial Express reported that Bangladesh is one of the countries with the highest migration costs in the world, according to preliminary findings of a recent study.
  • Modern Ghana reported that African governments have been urged to create polices that curb human trafficking. This was a key outcome from the 2018 African Women Intercultural Dialogue in Nigeria.


  • Euronews (video) spoke to UN Special Representative for International Migration Louise Arbour about the debate over migration in Europe.

  • The Hindu Business Line reported that according to an international study, domestic migrants in a country experience substantial decline in mental and physical health even though they earn better.