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Rappler columnist Ana Santos among IOM 2019 Champions of Migration

Dec 22, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The International Organization for Migration and the Department of Foreign Affairs recognize Ana P. Santos along with Sister Rosa Angelica Libron, Dr Edna Estifania Co, and WarPeace Arnold

ANA P. SANTOS receives the 2019 Champions of Migration Award.

More than 100 migrants missing off Libyan coast

Jul 26, 2019 - 10:20 AM

The International Organization of Migration in Libya says, a 'wooden boat carrying around 250 people, including women and children, sank some 5 nautical miles from the coast'

Handout picture taken and released on July 5, 2019 by German migrant rescue NGO Sea-Eye, shows members of the German migrant rescue charity NGO Sea-Eye (L) approaching an overloaded rubber boat spotted in international waters off the Libyan coast. The blue dinghy lacked sufficient drinking water for the 64 men and one woman, and there was no satellite phone or navigation aid on board, the group said in a statement. Fabian Heinz / / AFP

EU border agency chief warns Spain may be new migrant hotspot

Jul 08, 2018 - 6:47 PM

Data by the International Organization for Migration shows that migrants arriving in Spain numbered 6,513 for first 6 months of 2017

MIGRANTS. Spanish coast guards pull a dinghy boat upon their arrival at Malaga's harbour on July 7, 2018, after rescuing 56 immigrants off the Spanish coast. Photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Over 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, UN says

Oct 22, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Authorities in Bangladesh are bracing for another possible surge in Rohingya arrivals

Rohingya Muslim refugees wait to receive food distributed by a Turkish aid agency at Thaingkhali refugee camp in Ukhia on October 21, 2017. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims stranded near Bangladesh's border this week after fleeing violence in Myanmar have finally been permitted to enter refugee camps after "strict screening", officials said on Ocotber 19. / AFP PHOTO / TAUSEEF MUSTAFA

UN urging temporary protection in LatAm for fleeing Venezuelans

Sep 14, 2017 - 2:13 PM

The UN migration agency is urging Latin American countries hosting growing numbers of Venezuelans fleeing economic crisis to give them temporary rights to stay

BORDER CROSSING. Venezuelan citizens cross the Simon Bolivar international bridge from San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela to Cucuta, Norte de Santander Department, Colombia, on July 25, 2017. Luis Acosta/AFP

Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:25 AM

Italy summons Austria s ambassador after Vienna threatens to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100 000 this year

BORDER SIGN. A picture taken in the village of Spielfeld, Austria, on February 20, 2017 shows a border crossing at the Austrian-Slovenian border. Rene Gomolj/AFP

Thousands flee anti-ISIS offensives in Iraq and Syria

Mar 06, 2017 - 12:20 AM

In just a little over a week more than 45 000 are displaced in Iraq and over 26 000 are forced to flee in Syria

Iraqi families walk down a road as they flee Mosul on March 3, 2017, during an offensive by security forces to retake the western parts of the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

21,000 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh from Myanmar – IOM

Dec 06, 2016 - 7:34 PM

Bangladesh has stepped up patrols on the border to try to stem the tide of refugees since an eruption of unrest in Myanmar s western state of Rakhine in early October

REFUGEES. In this photograph taken on November 26, 2016, Myanmar Rohingya refugees look on in a refugee camp in Teknaf, in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar At least 21,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Banfladesh following violence in Myanmar, the International Organisation for Migration has said. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Pidato Kalla di Sidang Umum PBB: Mari akhiri penderitaan para pengungsi

Sep 20, 2016 - 4:53 PM

Kalla meminta masyarakat internasional bekerjasama memastikan bahwa tragedi kemanusiaan tersebut dapat dicegah

Wakil Presiden Jusuf Kalla dalam Sidang Umum PBB di New York, AS, pada 19 September 2016. Foto dari

Migrant crisis needs generosity, not fear – Angelina Jolie Pitt

May 17, 2016 - 10:08 AM

In a speech in London the Oscar winner and UN special envoy for refugees urges the international community to respond to Europe s refugee crisis

ANGELINA JOLI-PITT. The UN special envoy speaks in London about responding to Europe's refugee crisis. File photo shows Angelina waving to photojournalists while leaving the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, 16 March 2016. File photo by Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Pemerintah pertimbangkan lembaga khusus untuk berantas perdagangan orang

Apr 29, 2016 - 8:44 PM

Usaha pemberantasan perdagangan orang harus difokuskan pada pencegahan di daerah asal korban seperti Jawa Barat dan Nusa Tenggara Timur

ILUSTRASI. Pekerja seks menutupi wajah mereka saat penggerebekan di lokalisasi Dolly, Surabaya.

Disaster-resilient evacuation center rises in Guiuan, E. Samar

Apr 26, 2016 - 9:59 AM

The community evacuation center is the first in a network of similar disaster resilient facilities in Eastern Samar

Image courtesy UNICEF / IOM

IOM: Jakarta tujuan utama perdagangan orang domestik

Apr 26, 2016 - 2:57 AM

Target perdagangan orang sekarang tidak lagi hanya perempuan tetapi juga laki laki

Europe's 2016 migrant crisis in figures

Mar 03, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Here are some of the key figures on the migrant situation in Europe since the beginning of the year

CRISIS. A woman screams as migrants and refugees demonstrate behind a fence and barbed wire at the Greece-Macedonia border, near Gevgelija on March 2, 2016. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP

Slovenia border stand-off as Croatia buses migrants into Hungary

Sep 18, 2015 - 10:36 PM

3rd UPDATE Riot police use tear gas to stop several hundred migrants – some with children – pushing against a police cordon at a bridge on the border after a tense stand off of more than an hour

Europe asylum laws face scrutiny in migrant crisis

Sep 05, 2015 - 1:09 AM

About 350 000 migrants were detected at the EU s borders between January and August this year

Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2015 pass 2,000 – IOM

Aug 04, 2015 - 8:41 PM

The organization says around 188 000 people have been rescued so far this year trying to cross the Mediterranean and warns the 200 000 mark could be crossed by the end of the week

RESCUED. This handout video grab released by the Italian Coast Guard (Guardia Costiera) on May 2, 2015 shows some of 220 shipwrecked migrants being rescued by the Italian coast guard, on May 1, 2015, in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Sicily. Photo from Guardia Costiera/AFP

Pengungsi Rohingya di Aceh Utara dipindahkan ke barak

Jun 15, 2015 - 7:27 PM

Warga lokal Aceh menangis saat ratusan warga Rohingya dipindahkan ke tempat baru

Kepala Imigrasi Lhokseumawe, Akmal berbicara dengan pengungsi Rohingya yang didudukkan di tanah sesaat setelah mereka tiba di barak penampungan di Desa Blang Ado, Aceh Utara, 15 Juni 2015. Foto oleh Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

5 tahun berlalu, nasib Rohingya di Medan masih terkatung-katung

Jun 15, 2015 - 12:10 PM

Warga Rohingya mengungsi di Medan sejak 2010 menunggu ditempatkan ke negara ketiga Tapi 5 tahun berlalu tak satupun raih suaka politik

Ratusan pengungsi Rohingya di Medan menunggu dalam ketidakpastian akan mendapatkan suaka politik di negara ketiga. Foto oleh Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

Italy threatens to 'hurt' Europe if it doesn't get help with migrants

Jun 14, 2015 - 4:53 PM

UPDATED The EU is having difficulty getting consensus for its proposed migrant distribution plan but Italy is hoping an EU summit on 25 June will go even further

A handout image made available by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) on 13 May 2015 of Royal Marines leading migrants to safety on a Landing Craft of HMS Bulwark from an inflatable boat on the Mediterraean. Crown Copyright/EPA

Tunisia rescues 356 migrants off southeast coast

Jun 10, 2015 - 10:53 PM

Tunisia s navy rescues some 356 migrants including a two month old baby girl off the country s southeastern coast near Ben Guerdane

Migrants arrive at the port in the Tunisian town of Zarzis, some 50 kilometres west of the Libyan border, following their rescue by Tunisia's coastguard and navy after their vessel overturned off Libya, on April 13, 2015. 174 migrants were rescued from two boats which broke down as they headed from Libya to Italy, the Red Crescent and an AFP correspondent said. AFP PHOTO / FETHI NASRI

Mediterranean migrant crossings to Europe top 100,000 in 2015 – UN

Jun 09, 2015 - 8:10 PM

Meanwhile mass drownings in the Mediterranean have claimed nearly 1 800 lives so far this year

A handout image made available by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) on 13 May 2015 of Royal Marines leading migrants to safety on a Landing Craft of HMS Bulwark from an inflatable boat on the Mediterranean. Crown Copyright/Handout/EPA

Backlash grows as Italy migrant arrivals top 50,000

Jun 08, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Italy s wealthy North vow that it will refuse to accommodate any more migrants as thousands more are rescued in the Mediterranean by a multinational flotilla of ships

LOOKOUT. A handout photo made available by the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) on June 7, 2015 of a Royal Marine (R) preparing to receive rescued migrants safely onboard an HMS Bulwark Landing Craft during Search and Rescue operations in the Mediterranean on June 7, 2015. ETWE (CIS) L George/Royal Navy/MOD/Handout/EPA

Philippines gets technology to detect immigration fraud

Jun 03, 2015 - 10:22 PM

The Verifier TD B – donated by the International Organization for Migration with funding from the Canadian government – will help curb human trafficking

Migrants plead for help from Italian coastguards

May 31, 2015 - 1:27 PM

We need your help we need your help please

NERVE CENTER. Officers and staff of the italian Coast Guard, control the vessel traffic in the Italian Mediterranean area, in the control center at the headquarters of Italian Coast Guard, on May 28 2015, in Rome. Andreas Solaro/AFP

4,200 migrants rescued in Med, 17 dead – coastguard

May 30, 2015 - 9:06 AM

UPDATED Rescuers find 17 bodies on 3 inflatable dinghies from which more than 300 other migrants are rescued alive

MIGRANTS AT SEA. This handout photo provided by the international aid organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) shows migrants being transferred from a wooden boat to their rescue ship MY Phoenix in the Mediterranean Sea, 14 May 2015. File photo by Ikram N'gadi/MSF/EPA HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

UN: ASEAN 'better late than never' on Rohingya

May 27, 2015 - 3:01 PM

The UN s refugee agency says ASEAN must improve the search effort and fight human trafficking to address the growing humanitarian Rohingya crisis

GLOBAL CRISIS. This picture taken on May 14, 2015 shows Rohingya migrants on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Australia rejects criticism over migrant crisis

May 22, 2015 - 4:22 PM

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says Australia s hardline policy which includes refusing to resettle asylum seekers who arrive on boats and turning back vessels had helped stop people risking their lives at sea

CRISIS. Migrants line up for their meal at a temporary shelter in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, Indonesia, 17 May 2015. Indonesian fishing boats and marine police rescued nearly 800 migrants from a sinking vessel at sea on May 15, military officials said, as South-East Asia's migrant crisis continues to unfold. File photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

UNHCR: Nasib pengungsi Bangladesh, Myanmar di tangan pemerintah

May 17, 2015 - 5:12 PM

Menurut UNHCR pemerintah Indonesia bertanggung jawab untuk berikan tempat yang lebih layak bagi para pengungsi

Seorang anak pengungsi Rohingya sedang tertidur pulas meski hanya beralaskan tikar di sebuah gedung di Pelabuhan Kuala Langsa, Aceh Utara, Minggu, 17 Mei 2015. Foto oleh Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Pengungsi Rohingya dan impian bertemu keluarga di Malaysia

May 17, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Para pengungsi perempuan Rohingy tak keberatan terombang ambing di laut selama 3 bulan bersama anak balita mereka demi bertemu suami di Malaysia

Rukiyah Hatul di depan tenda kamp pengungsi Kuala Langsa, Aceh Utara, 16 Mei 2015. Rukiyah nekat menyeberang ke Malaysia karena ingin berkumpul dengan suaminya. Foto oleh Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Pengungsi Bangladesh: No job in my country

May 17, 2015 - 11:45 AM

Pemuda asal Bangladesh berbondong bondong menyeberang ke Malaysia tujuannya satu: Mendapat pekerjaan

Pengungsi Bangladesh di kamp pengungsian Kuala Langsa, Aceh, Sabtu, 16 Mei 2015, terdiri dari para pemuda pencari kerja. Mereka ingin menyeberang ke Malaysia dengan satu harapan: mendapat pekerjaan. Foto oleh Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Pencari suaka yang terdampar di Aceh direlokasi ke pinggir laut

May 14, 2015 - 12:31 PM

Mereka dipindahkan ke tempat yang lebih baik mengingat GOR Lhoksukon sudah tak layak lagi

Imigran Myanmar dan Bangladesh menumpang truk polisi saat dipindahkan ke tempat pengungsian baru di Kuala Cangkoi, 13 Mei 2015. Foto oleh Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

'No more excuses,' EU warns as another migrant boat sinks

Apr 20, 2015 - 10:17 PM

As EU foreign and interiors met to discuss their response to the worsening crisis the International Organization for Migration says it received a distress call from another boat in the Mediterranean carrying more than 300 people

Immigrant being rescued from an overcrowded ship in the Meditteranean|Photo by Mike Pallazzotto/EPA

Fury as new tragedy at sea exposes holes in Europe's migrant safety net

Feb 11, 2015 - 8:45 AM

The deaths highlight the limited means and scope of Triton an EU run mission which took over in November from the Italian navy s Mare Nostrum search and rescue operation

A handout picture provided 10 February 2015 by the Italian Coastguard shows migrants arriving to Lampedusa, 09 February 2015, after being rescued by Italian Coastguard from the Mediterranean Sea between Libya and Italy. Italian Coast Guard press office/Handout/EPA

WeatherPhilippines and IOM hold LGU workshop in Tacloban

Feb 02, 2015 - 11:42 AM

IOM Philippines andWeatherPhilippines teach LGUs how to develop a more systematic decision making process in disaster risk reduction with the use of weather knowledge and information

STORM TRACKER. Tacloban Disaster-Risk Reduction Management Officers learning how to track a storm. Photo from WeatherPhilippines Photo by Photo from WeatherPhilippines

DSWD: Zero tents in Yolanda-affected areas by yearend

Nov 09, 2014 - 2:47 PM

More than 1 500 families still live in makeshift tents and shelters as of September 2014 the agency s data shows

#AfterYolanda: The fight vs violence, trafficking

Nov 07, 2014 - 11:09 AM

Content is key in any relationship It’s about key messages and stories to save lives and keep them safe from crisis to post crisis phases

Fishermen use a net to catch fish off the coast of Anibong which was damaged by the 2013 Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City (30 October 2014). Photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

The toymaker from Tacloban

Nov 06, 2014 - 1:40 PM

Rio wants to make more toys if only he has enough tools He only has a glue gun; the rest of his materials he finds on the streets or in trash bins

TOYS. Rio enjoys making toys, arts and crafts. He wishes he can create more, if only he has enough tools. All photos by Fritzie Rodriguez/

PH, US intensify post-Haiyan anti-trafficking effort

Oct 21, 2014 - 8:33 AM

A US funded two year anti trafficking program is lauded by Filipino government officials and is seen as a crucial part of the US efforts to strengthen diplomatic ties with the Philippines

IOM to launch anti-human trafficking initiative with US State Department

Oct 16, 2014 - 5:53 PM

An initiative against human trafficking will be launched on October 20 in Tacloban City

Better communication before, during, and after disasters

Sep 30, 2014 - 11:14 AM

The bridges of communication before during and after disasters are incredibly important to build so that more information is shared and more lives are saved

'Going crazy': survivors tell of Europe's deadliest migrant shipwreck

Sep 18, 2014 - 8:55 AM

The survivors have told International Organization for Migration that their boat was sunk by the people smugglers after the migrants refused to change to a smaller less seaworthy vessel

SURVIVOR. Mohamed Raad, a 23-year-old from Gaza, talks to Agence France-Presse at the port town of Chania on Crete island on September 17, 2014. Raad, who was a barber in Gaza, is one of just 10 survivors of Europe's deadliest migrant shipwreck, caused when traffickers rammed a migrant vessel off Malta on September 10 and left some 500 people on board to drown. Makis Kartsonakis/AFP

Celebrating people helping people

Aug 25, 2014 - 5:41 PM

Yolanda survivors took part in the celebration of World Humanitarian Day in Ormoc

Rebuilding communities after disasters

Jul 17, 2014 - 12:21 AM

Recovering from a disaster involves getting involved in local communities

FUTURE. A camp leader from Concepcion bunkhouse discusses her community's aspirations. All photos by Giano Libot

Canada gives P32-M aid for Mindanao evacuees

Jun 30, 2014 - 5:15 PM

The International Organization of Migration says Canada s support will pay for camp management in evacuation centers for displaced persons among others

More than 150,000 Cambodians flee Thailand post-coup

Jun 16, 2014 - 10:46 PM

The mass exodus of laborers is sparked by an army warning that illegal foreign workers would be arrested and deported

FLEE. Illegal Cambodian migrant workers returning from Thailand arrive at Poipet city, Cambodia on June 16, 2014. Thai authorities returned more than 140,000 thousands of Cambodians who illegally worked in Thailand to Cambodia after the military coup in Bangkok. Photo by Mak Remissa/EPA

500,000 Iraqis flee Mosul after seizure by militants – IOM

Jun 11, 2014 - 4:24 PM

Vehicles have been banned from the city center and people are fleeing on foot in the face of indiscriminate shelling says the Geneva based migration organization

Yolanda survivors after 6 months: Homeless, jobless, hungry

May 01, 2014 - 5:24 PM

After Yolanda the Philippines is running out of safe and usable evacuation centers for future emergencies

Central African PM names new government

Jan 28, 2014 - 8:59 AM

Andre Nzapayeke s transitional government faces the daunting task of ending the bloodshed

Violence erupts in Bangui after resignation of ex-rebel leader

Jan 12, 2014 - 9:01 AM

Ten months of violence have displaced a fifth of the country s population and the sectarian flare up has killed more than 1 000 people in the past month alone

CHAOS IN BANGUI. Looters run for cover as they hear rifle shots near the 'Reconciliation crossroad' in Bangui, on January 11, 2014. Eric Feferberg/AFP