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21 November 2019




USD 1.35 billion Needed to Help Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants and Host Countries

13 November 2019




Geneva –The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) yesterday (13/11) launched a USD 1.35 billion regional plan to respond to the increasing humanitarian needs of Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the communities hosting them. 

IOM statement about Vrasna incident

Athens, 23 October 2019





IOM is expressing concern about the violent incidents that took place in the area of Vrasna in Northern Greece, where part of the local population reacted to the transfer of vulnerable migrants from the island of Samos to temporary accommodation facilities.

Decongestion of Greek Islands Continues as 700 Refugees and Migrants Move to Mainland

Athens, 08 October 2019


Press Release


Athens – Another 700 vulnerable refugees and migrants were safely transported from the Greek islands to the mainland on Monday (07/10) morning as part of Greece’s ongoing effort to decongest the overcrowded North-Eastern Aegean islands.  

IOM in Turkey and Greece Respond to Surge in Humanitarian Needs as Migrant Numbers Rise

Athens, 27 September 2019


Press Release


Ankara/Athens – At the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s Western Turkey warehouse in the port city of Izmir, stocks of basic supplies – food, water, blankets, shoes, and clothing – are nearly depleted.  

IOM, UNHCR and UNICEF Urge European States to Boost Education for Refugee and Migrant Children

Athens, 11 September 2019


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BRUSSELS/GENEVA - Three UN agencies are calling on European States to increase resources and practical support for their school systems to ensure all refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant children can access and stay in quality education.

Global Migration Film Festival

Athens, 29 July 2019


Press Release


Joint statement: IOM Director General António Vitorino and UNHCR Filippo Grandi


Geneva, 23 July 2109


Press Release



Today’s discussions in Paris with European States on addressing the situation on the Mediterranean Sea, and preventing loss of life in Libya, are welcome and much needed. The violence in Tripoli in recent weeks has made the situation more desperate than ever, and the need for action critical.