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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

Urgent need to guarantee disembarkation in a safe port for the 47 migrants and refugees on board the “SeaWatch3” for 7 days

Roma 26 January - The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UNICEF express their serious concern in relation to the situation of the 47 migrants and refugees who were rescued by the "Sea Watch 3" last Saturday, and for whom a safe port for disembarkation has still not been found.

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.

A safe harbour is urgently needed for the 49 migrants stranded for days in the Mediterranean

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.


18 December - Migration is the great issue of our era. Migration With Dignity (#WithDignity) is the theme of 2018’s International Migrants Day, which we observe today (By António Vitorino, Director General IOM)


UN Migration Agency Concludes 109th Council Session

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


IOM Resumes Voluntary Humanitarian Return Flights from Libya Following Tripoli Ceasefire

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 

IOM and UNHCR call for urgent resolution to Diciotti stand-off

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.

IOM: saving lives must always be the number-one priority

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."

IOM Director General William Lacy Swing's Message on International Women's Day 2018