Photo Stories

Resettlement of Bhutanese Refugees


In early 2008, IOM began the resettlement of Bhutanese refugees in eastern Nepal. Referred to IOM by UNHCR, the refugees undergo medical screening attend language classes and lean about living and working conditions in their country of destination. IOM also helps process their documentation and arranges travel from the camps in Nepal to major cities in the United States of Ameerica, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Canada, and Sweden.

A flood victim in Muntinlupa city carries a relief kit distributed by IOM and donated by USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). © IOM 2009 (Photo: Ray Leyesa)

Emergency Relief for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines


IOM distributes water containers, hygiene kits and soap to typhoon victims in Manila and surrounding areas. Donated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the kits will help more than 20,000 families meet basic daily needs following widespread flooding, devastation and displacement.

Displaced Lebanese Return from Syria


Some 180,000 Lebanese fled to Syria during the 2006 conflict. When the ceasefire was announced, IOM provided assistance to those who lack the resources to go back home.

An Iraqi child awaiting evacuation from Beirut. @ IOM 2006

IOM Assists Stranded Migrants to Safety


IOM evacuates stranded migrants from countries unable to help their nationals during the Lebanon conflict of 2006.

The Bantus took refuge in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, near the Somalian border, after fleeing their country in 1992. @ Christophe Calais / InVisu Corbis 2003

Somali Bantus Leave for America


In June 2012 IOM began assisting Somali Bantu refugees scheduled for resettlement in the United States. These refugees attend classes and language training, and receive other basic skills to help them in their transition to a new life.

Ministry of Health organising monthly information session on mental health issues in village communities. - Photo: @John Vink / Magnum Photo / IOM 2006

Fighting child trafficking in Cambodia


Nine-year-old Rotha showed clear signs of depression. He was not able to attend school. as he did not have school uniform or books. He had to work to take care of his mother and three younger siblings. The family lived in estreme poverty in a borrowed rundown shack.