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.

Racist and xenophobic incidents have been widespread. IOM is concerned that xenophobia will further increase, exacerbated by social tensions created by the projected economic downturn.

As countries around the world take the first steps towards re-opening their societies, we must continue fighting xenophobia.  

Now more than ever, the safety of our society depends on the effective protection of the most vulnerable. Respect for the rights of all, including migrants, will maximize our success in curbing the pandemic and promoting an inclusive recovery.



IOM launches a new video series to fight xenophobia.

There is no link between Coronavirus and a person's nationality or identity.

During the outbreak, migrant have often been victims of stigma and false narratives.

IOM UK is proud to be partnering with Together Productions for the fourth year.

IOM DG António Vitorino Addresses Stigmatization of Migrants

IOM continues to promote an inclusive response to COVID-19


 IOM’s online go-to hub to raise voice against xenophobia, share positive narratives on migration and counter misinformation and hate speech toward migrants.

IOM and Viber fight stigma and discrimination with a special exclusive sticker pack on Viber.

Venezuelan musicians across the Americas join together to support refugees and migrants.

 Venezuelan refugees and migrants join online classes to foster social cohesion.

 A new campaign to support Venezuelan refugees and migrants.

Migrants in West Africa are coming together to fight Xenophobia and Misinformation