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IOM launches the World Migration Report 2022

Geneva 1 December – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) today launched its flagship World Migration Report 2022 which reveals a dramatic increase in internal displacement due to disasters, conflict and violence at a time when global mobility ground to a halt due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Italian National Day of Remembrance and Reception. IOM-UNHCR-UNICEF: "Saving lives needs to remain a priority on the political agenda of the EU".

Lampedusa, 2 October 2021 - On the occasion of the Italian National Day of Remembrance and Reception on 3 October, we remember the 368 victims - including 83 women and 9 children - of the tragic shipwreck off the coast of Lampedusa on 3 October 2013, and those who have continued to lose their lives in the desperate attempt to find safety and protection in Europe.

IOM and UNHCR: 41 dead in latest shipwreck demonstrates urgent need to strengthen Europe's search and rescue system

Rome 24 February - 41 dead in New Shipwreck in the Med. Survivors are now in Porto Empedocle IOM and UNHCR: once again, this tragedus Proves Urgency of Reactivating Europe's Search and Rescue System.

IOM, UNHCR: Shipwreck off Libya Claims over 40 Lives

Geneva, 20 January – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency are deeply saddened by a tragic shipwreck off the Libyan coast yesterday (19/01), the first of 2021 in the Central Mediterranean, which claimed the lives of at least 43 people. According to IOM and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), UNHCR's partner on the ground, 10 survivors were rescued and brought to shore by Coastal Security in Zwara. 

The Italian Statistical Dossier on Immigration available in English

Rome 15 May - IDOS Research and Study Centre, in collaboration and with the support of the IOM – International Organization for Migration, has issued the English version of the 2019 Statistical Dossier on Immigration. This Report collects the most important chapters of the original version in Italian, specifically selected and revised for an international audience and for anyone interested in better understanding the situation of immigration in Italy through interesting information and updated data.

IOM in Italy to support UK nationals who want to regulate their status

Supporting UK Nationals with the necessary local procedures to obtain and maintain their right to be resident in Italy after the end of the transition period. This is the objective of a new programme launched by the IOM with funding from the UK Government.

Arrivals by sea: the number of female potential victims of trafficking from the Côte d’Ivoire is increasing

Rome 18 October - On the occasion of today’s celebrations for the European Day against Trafficking, IOM published a briefing on a new exploitation phenomenon, recently identified following an analysis of migratory flows along the Central Mediterranean route.In the last year, IOM’s anti-trafficking teams have detected an increase in the presence of women and girls from the Côte d’Ivoire at the main landing points in Italy. “We have reason to believe that many of these women and girls are victims of trafficking for the purpose of labor exploitation, and sometimes even sexual exploitation”, explained Laurence Hart, Director of the IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean.


After having survived the bombing of the Tajoura Centre, she has now been saved at sea off the coast of Lampedusa. The dramatic story of a migrant coming from Cameroon

Lampedusa 4 October - The night of Wednesday 2 October, 72 people were rescued by the Italian Coast Guard and brought to the island of Lampedusa. Conditions on board were dramatic and, due to severe weather, the rescue proved extremely difficult. Those present onboard included young Bengali males and women from West Africa. The migrants left Zwara, Libya, the night of Monday 30 September.

World Day Against Trafficking – IOM: Necessary to keep attention high on the phenomenon along diversified routes


Rome, 30 July 2019 – Today, 30th July, is World Day Against Trafficking, one of the most serious transnational crimes in the world and one of the most complex human rights-related challenges of our times.

Protection of migrants in Libya is of major concern to IOM

29 March  2019 - In relation to the activities of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Libya, IOM would like to clarify that we follow the UN position indicating that Libya cannot yet be considered a safe port.

IOM in Libya is present at the disembarkation points to deliver primary assistance to migrants that have been rescued at sea. However, following their disembarkation rescued migrants are often transferred to the government run detention centres over which the Organization has no authority or oversight. The detention centres are closed and the detention of men, women and children is arbitrary. The unacceptable and inhumane conditions in these detention centres is well documented.

In general the situation in the country remains very dangerous, IOM cannot guarantee the protection of migrants in Libya