IOM Welcomes Malta’s Safe Harbour and EU Solidarity for Sea Rescue Survivors, Appeals for Swifter, Reliable Solutions
Floriana/Rome/Brussels – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) commends the Maltese authorities for providing a safe port for the disembarkation of the 49 migrants rescued by the Sea Watch 3 and Sea Eye boats. IOM also notes the contribution of those EU Member States that have agreed to step up and operationalize EU solidarity, as well as the European Commission for its role in coordinating the agreement.
Rome 2 January 2019 - The International Organization for Migration expresses its concerns regarding the conditions of the 49 migrants rescued several days ago in the Mediterranean, for whom a safe port has not yet been guaranteed. It is urgent and necessary that European States show a sense of responsibility and solidarity for the migrants and refugees, granting the 49 persons in question a safe harbour as soon as possible.
Geneva – IOM Director General António Vitorino this week (27-30/11) addressed a gathering of the Organization’s member 173 states and welcomed IOM’s newest member – Uzbekistan – while presiding over a range of panels and programmes at his first IOM Council Session since assuming his position at the beginning of October. Read here
Tripoli – A flight to Ghana is the first return flight to leave Libya in the wake of this week’s ceasefire agreement ending hostilities in southern Tripoli and surrounding areas. The reopening of Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport permitted a commercial flight to leave the airport for Ghana, carrying 21 migrants, said IOM, the UN Migration Agency. Read the news
23 August - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and IOM, the International Organization for Migration are appealing to the Government of Italy to allow rescued refugees and migrants on board the Italian coast guard vessel Diciotti to disembark.
Rome, 28 March - in the last few weeks there have been serious incidents involving migrants and rescue operators with alarming consequences. In view of these events, IOM deems it necessary to reiterate that the protection of human life must come as a priority with respect to other migration-related considerations and that the rescue of people in difficulty is a principle of humanity and solidarity. While respecting national and supranational migration policies and laws, it is necessary to underline that migration management must always be based on the respect of all individuals’ fundamental rights, in particular on the right to life and the right to health.
International Women’s Day 2018. IOM Celebrates Migrant Women and Girls—and Values Diversity on the Move
8 March 2018 - "On this day, we honour the women who have worked tirelessly to make their voices heard and pave the way towards women’s rights and empowerment. Displaying great strength and resilience, these women have highlighted the injustice they and others have experienced simply because of their gender. Migrant women often play essential roles in sustaining and rebuilding their families and communities. We now know that they send a greater portion of their overseas earnings home than men do. We also know they often take on more caring responsibilities related to family and household than men do – wherever they may be."
Brussels, February 28, 2018 - "We, the undersigned civil society and UN organizations, are concerned by proposals now under consideration as part of the ongoing reform of the Common European Asylum System which would allow the use of coercion to take the fingerprints and facial images of children"
24 January - World Economic Forum in Davos: IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, joined Paolo Gentiloni, Prime Minister of Italy, Alex Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece and Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria to discuss migration across the Mediterranean.