Official Statements

IOM calls for better access to malaria treatment and interventions for migrants and mobile populations on World Malaria Day 2013

04/24/13

Switzerland – Since its institution by WHO Member States at the World Health Assembly in 2007, World Malaria Day (WMD) has been celebrated on April 25th each year with events aimed at highlighting the continued need for political support for and investment in the control, prevention and elimination of the disease.

A family of eight waits in line during TB screening at Mae Hong Son hospital. The father, extreme left, was diagnosed sputum positive at the IOM laboratory. © Mikel Flamm 2013

IOM calls for the inclusion of migrants in TB prevention and treatment strategies

03/22/13

Geneva -- In today’s increasingly mobile and interconnected world, migration has become an integral part of the lives of about 215 million international and 740 million internal migrants. It also profoundly affects the lives of their families back home, as well as people in communities of migrant origin, transit and destination world-wide.

Diverse, innovative approaches are needed to ensure safe migration for women and girls, says IOM

03/04/13

Geneva - In today’s increasingly mobile and interconnected world, migration has become an integral part of the lives of over 100 million women. At different stages of their lives, a growing proportion of these women leave their familiar surroundings to study, work, marry, reunite with their families or flee a dangerous situation.

Migrant Workers Hit by Crises Need Comprehensive, Long Term Help, Says IOM on International Migrants Day, 2012

12/14/12

GENEVA- 18th December 2012 - The evacuation of more than 200,000 migrant workers from Libya in 2011 focused world attention on the plight of tens of thousands of migrant workers, mainly from low-income, developing countries, who found themselves swept up by the political upheaval, without money, jobs, documentation or any means of getting home to their families.

War widows of Sierra Leone. Despite growing gender equality and the empowerment of women, rural women still suffer from the lowest incomes, the least education, and less political and social influence than either rural men or urban populations. © Nick Danziger/IOM 2009 - MSL0097

IOM Backs Safer Migration for Rural Women on International Women's Day

03/07/12

On International Women's Day 2012, more women than ever before are joining the ranks of the world's migrants to support their families and improve their economic status.  As migrants, they face unique challenges – none more so than the rural women who are the focus of this year's IWD.

Despite growing gender equality and the empowerment of women, rural women, who represent about a quarter of the world's population, still suffer from the lowest incomes, the least education, and less political and social influence than either rural men or urban populations.

9th International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation: More Comprehensive Legislative and Preventive Efforts Needed to End FGM

02/05/12

On the 9th International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female
Genital Mutilation (FGM)
, the Geneva-based International
Organization for Migration (IOM), the Inter-Parliamentary Union
(IPU), the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices
Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC) and the Geneva
Human Rights Office, call for the adoption of more human-rights
based legislation to end FGM.

An IOM medical staff at the Eastleigh Community Wellness Centre in Nairobi administers necessary drugs during a government child growth monitoring and immunization campaign. Migrants are among the most affected by the lack of access to health services, says IOM as it marks International Migrants Day. ©IOM 2009 - MKE0258 (Photo: R. Ogola)

Ensuring Migrants Health Essential to Addressing Health Inequities, Says IOM: International Migrants Day, 2011

12/17/11

The lack of adequate access to health services for migrants in most
countries is a worrying public health omission requiring urgent
redress in a world increasingly dependent on human mobility, says
IOM as it marks International Migrants Day today.

With more than one billion migrants worldwide, 214 million of
them international migrants, every country in the world is either
dependent on the labour, skills and knowledge migrants bring or on
the estimated US$ 404 billion they remitted in 2011.

Let's Raise Migrants' Voices for an Open and Constructive Debate on Migration, Says IOM's 2011 World Migration Report

12/01/11

Migrants' voices must be heard in today's all too often biased, polarized and negative debate on migration, says IOM's World Migration Report 2011: Communicating Effectively about Migration.

The report states that although we live in an era of the greatest human mobility in recorded history, with greater acknowledgement that migration is one of the defining features of our contemporary world, it remains one of the most misunderstood issues of our time.

Lampedusa Declared Non-Safe Port, Rescuing at Sea at Risk: Concern for Migrants' Detention on the Ships

09/29/11

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the
International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Save the
Children – working together as partners since 2006 in the
framework of Praesidium Project  at  the Reception and
Rescue Centre of Lampedusa – are expressing   their
concern over  the Italian  authorities' decision to
declare Lampedusa an unsafe port.

IOM and UNHCR Chiefs Call for Continued Humanitarian Momentum as Fighting in Libya Escalates

03/08/11

Concluding a two-day visit to Tunisia, the heads of UNHCR and IOM
called for continued international momentum as people continue to
flee Libya by the thousands.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres and IOM
Director General William Swing noted that the joint IOM-UNHCR
humanitarian evacuation initiative had dramatically relieved the
overcrowding at the border with the immediate airlift response of
governments. Within days, tens of thousands of Egyptians were flown
home. 

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