Official Statements

© IOM 2007

ESCAP and IOM Strengthen Cooperation on International Migration Issues


The United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific
(ESCAP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
signed today a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the
existing close collaboration between the two organizations. 
The Memorandum of Understanding establishes a general framework for
cooperation and coordination on international migration issues that
are of growing importance to countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Massive Injection of Funds Needed to Help Internally Displaced Iraqis


Without a massive injection of funds to provide critical
humanitarian assistance to millions of internally displaced Iraqis,
there will be no let up on the large numbers of people forced to
flee Iraq's borders, a situation already placing a great strain on
the resources of neighbouring countries, the International
Organization of Migration warned today.

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1.5 Million Internally Displaced Iraqis Lack the Most Basic Services


Over 1.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq, most
with urgent needs in the most basic services, continue to present
numerous challenges for the Iraqi national authorities and the
international community.

Data collected by the International Organization for Migration
(IOM) in January 2006 revealed almost 1.2 million individuals had
been displaced over the past several decades, most of them living
in public buildings, camps or with host communities throughout

It's Never Too Late to Redress Wrongs, Says IOM on Holocaust Memory Day


The completion of a six-year compensation programme for victims of Nazi persecution has shown that it is never too late to recognize and redress past injustice, says the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as it marks the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Holocaust Victims tomorrow.

Migrants Too Often Overlooked During Crises, Says IOM on International Migrants Day


Despite their critical contribution to the development of the
global economy, migrants are often thought of last during times of
conflict, says IOM as it marks International Migrants Day.

While the evacuation of Westerners from Lebanon through July and
August captured the world's attention, there was little
international concern over the tens of thousands of trapped migrant
workers from countries unable to help their nationals and because
they didn't have the means to flee by themselves.

Unique Tool Launched to Help Fight Human Trafficking Worldwide


A unique tool to help fight human trafficking across the world is
today being officially launched by the International Organization
for Migration (IOM) at its 92nd Council session in Geneva.

The IOM Counter-Trafficking Training Modules are a cost
effective, comprehensive tool that draw on IOM's extensive
knowledge on the subject, offering a ‘how to' approach on
issues relating to victims' protection and assistance.

World can No Longer Afford to Underestimate the Potential of Engaging Business and Civil Society in Migration Management, Says IOM


Governments have much to gain by forging strong partnerships with
non-state actors such as business and civil society to find ways to
successfully manage today’s global and multi-dimensional
migration patterns, says the International Organization for
Migration (IOM) on the eve of its 92nd Council in Geneva.

© IOM 2006

Traditional Practices being Abused to Exploit Children in West Africa, Warns IOM


Cultural and traditional beliefs in West Africa are being misused
to abuse children across a region where an estimated two million
children are thought to be victims of human trafficking or other
forms of exploitation, warns the International Organization for

© IOM 2006

Women and Children at Increasing Risk from Effects of Violence in Iraq, Says IOM


An IOM report published today finds that single women, children,
the elderly and the sick who have been displaced by recent
sectarian violence in Iraq are most at risk as they are left
without adequate support and care with winter now fast approaching.

IOM will Close German Compensation Programme for Nazi Victims by 31 December 2006


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is preparing final payments to be issued on 31 December 2006 as part of the full closure of its German Forced Labour Compensation Programme (GFLCP), a programme co-funded by the German Government and German industry.