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IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration for the benefit of all, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, be they refugees, displaced persons or other uprooted people. Read more here: https://middleeastandnorthafrica.iom.int

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GCM Stakeholders Regional Review in the Arab Region: Online Survey Findings of the IOM MENA


In line with its guiding principles that call for a whole-of-society approach to the implementation, follow-up and review of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in cooperation with the members of the Regional United Nations Network on Migration (Regional UNNM) in the Arab Region, collected and consolidated voluntary written inputs from all relevant stakeholders with regards to the implementation of the GCM.


IOM Regional Strategy for the Middle East and North Africa (2020-2024)


Guided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and Agenda 2063 of the African Union Commission (AUC), this strategy aims to prioritize three key pillars – resilience, mobility and governance – for 2020 to 2024, in line with the implementation of IOM’s 2019-2023 Strategic Vision.

The 2020-2024 Regional MENA Strategy reflects how the organization navigate to effectively address the growing complex challenges and uncertainties in the fields of migration, mobility and humanitarian aid and to seize the opportunities that migration can offer to both migrants and society.


IOM Strategy for the Gulf Countries


The Gulf countries are currently undergoing changes in their labor migration systems and policies. In response, IOM is enhancing its whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach to its work in the region in appreciation of the unique features of Gulf countries. This strategy will be guided by the MENA Regional Strategy 2020-2024 and adhere to the rich IOM framework stipulated by the 2019 Strategic Vision, the IOM Strategy on Migration and Sustainable Development, the 2030 Agenda and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Since its endorsement in 2018, the GCM was adopted by all six (6) Gulf Member States, and there are now five (5) Country UN Networks on Migration established to support Gulf countries as they aspire to achieve its objectives.


World Migration Report 2022

Link to the Publication

Since 2000, IOM has been producing its flagship world migration reports every two years. The World Migration Report 2022, the eleventh in the world migration report series, has been produced to contribute to increased understanding of migration and mobility throughout the world. This new edition presents key data and information on migration as well as thematic chapters on highly topical migration issues, and is structured to focus on two key contributions for readers:

  • Part I: key information on migration and migrants (including migration-related statistics); and
  • Part II: balanced, evidence-based analysis of complex and emerging migration issues.

This flagship World Migration Report has been produced in line with IOM’s Environment Policy and is available online only. Printed hard copies have not been made in order to reduce paper, printing and transportation impacts.


Migration and the 2030 Agenda

This guide is designed to serve government actors, both national and local, involved in any process of Sustainable Development Goal implementation, including those working specifically in migration, and those working in other sectors who are interested in integrating migration. It is also for government actors working in the migration field who wish to integrate the SDGs into their work.

The focus of this guide is to help policymakers implement the migration aspects of the SDGs. Policymakers can use this guide to integrate migration into local or national development planning, by designing and implementing interventions that relate to migration in the context of the SDGs. These interventions may take the form of legislation, policies, programmes, projects or other activities, and may relate to core migration topics or integrate migration into activities in another sector. For example, policymakers may use this guide to design interventions that directly address human trafficking, as well as interventions in the health sector that help protect victims of trafficking.

For actors with experience in migration mainstreaming, this guide offers a new approach that is based on the 2030 Agenda. For those with no experience in migration mainstreaming, it offers an introduction on how migration and development are linked in the context of the SDGs, and how to take action around these connections.

It is accompanied by two complementary tools that helps illustrate linkages between migration and the SDGs: (i) a comprehensive booklet which outlines the linkages between migration and each SDG and (ii) a poster which summarizes these linkages.


IOM Glossary on Key Migration Terms:

Migration is a reality lived by millions of migrants around the world and an issue of interest for many governments, institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, in addition to migrants themselves. A commonly understood and agreed upon language is indispensable to enhance mutual understanding for many terminologies related to migration, which contributes to enhancing cooperation and coordination amongst various stakeholders.

This guide has been developed for Arabic-speaking readers based on the English glossary published by IOM in 2019. This tri-lingual guide presents 73 terms -arranged based on Arabic alphabet- related to migration in Arabic, English and French to ensure it can be used across the Arab world, including in the countries where French is the second language.
It aims to provide clear, accurate and updated explanations of key terms in the field of migration that matches the ongoing development in migration realities, contexts and frameworks. This guide is designed for use by workers in the migration field in national and international legislative, executive and judicial entities, non-governmental organizations, media workers, university professors and students and everyone that is interested in migration.


Social Protection – An Operational Tool for the Humanitarian, Development and Peace Nexus: Linkages between Cash-based Interventions and Social Protection in Humanitarian and non-Humanitarian Settings


This paper explores linkages between cash-based interventions (CBIs) and social protection in humanitarian and non-humanitarian settings, focusing on linkages between humanitarian aid and sustainable social protection for migrants, including communities affected by forced displacement such as internally displaced persons and refugees, climate change events or economic factors. Many of these target groups are effectively undocumented and reliant on humanitarian aid, informal economic activity, and informal forms of social protection to generate income and for economic survival. The paper focuses on the Middle East and North America region (MENA) but draws from experiences elsewhere in the world and simultaneously reflects on the normative framework from the perspective of international norms and standards. The impact of COVID-19 on migrants and displaced populations in MENA region has emphasized the need for a renewed focus on strengthening the links between CBI and social protection.


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4. Featured event

International Migration Review Forum

Tuesday, 17 May 2022
Venue: United Nations, New York


5. Contact Us

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