Press Releases

  • Over One Fifth of Irregular Migrants to Europe Coming by Land: New IOM Report

    Vienna — While the perilous and deadly Mediterranean sea migration route is well known, new figures from IOM show that more than one in five people arriving irregularly in Europe do so by land.  

    The most frequently used route is from Turkey to Greece where authorities reported a total of 12,166 land arrivals since the beginning of 2018.

  • Turkish Airlines and IOM Sign Long Term Partnership to Assist Migrants Globally

    Geneva The promotion of safe, orderly and regular migration is at the heart of the long-term partnership agreement signed yesterday (10/09) between the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and Turkish Airlines, one of the largest carriers in the world.

  • Switzerland Funds UN Migration Agency to Expand Migrant Presence, Flow Monitoring in Turkey

    Ankara – Istanbul has increasingly become a destination city for migrants and refugees from countries such as Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. According to the latest available figures from the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM), these nationalities make up a majority of the over 500,000 registered foreign nationals in Istanbul and the 3,9 million registered nationwide. Many migrants and refugees from these countries are vulnerable and in need of assistance.

  • IOM: Most Victims Trafficked Internationally Cross Official Border Points

    Geneva – On the occasion of World Day against Trafficking in Persons (30/07), new data released by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, show that in the last ten years, almost 80 per cent of journeys undertaken by victims trafficked internationally cross through official border points, such as airports and land border control points.

  • With Public and Private Sectors at Odds, Traffickers Win. Let’s work together to protect its victims.

    By William Lacy Swing, IOM Director General 

    The world’s workforce has never been more mobile—from the gardener in California to the banker in Singapore. Whether it’s the dishwasher in Rome or the designer in London, we recognize human ambition is on the move, everyone—skilled or unskilled, with work permits or without—is seeking an identical goal: how to deploy their talents in those markets that reward them best.

  • António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino Elected as New Director General of UN Migration Agency

    Geneva - On Friday 29 June 2018, the member states of IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, elected Portugal’s António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino as the International Organization for Migration’s next Director General.

    Mr. Vitorino, 61 (DOB 12 January 1957), succeeds the United States’ William Lacy Swing, who is leaving IOM after serving two five-year terms as Director General. Mr. Vitorino’s directorship begins on 1 October 2018.

  • Migrants and Refugees Increasingly Choosing Turkey as Final Destination, Flow Monitoring Survey Finds

    IOM’s latest Flow Monitoring Survey in Turkey shows that a majority of migrants and refugees leaving their countries of origin have reported Turkey as their intended destination at the time of departure from their country of origin, especially for Syrians.  

  • Why Gaziantep Still Matters Seven Years After Start of Syrian Conflict

    Gaziantep – Next month marks the seventh anniversary of the start of the war in Syria. Since the beginning, Turkey has been the main destination country for many of the 3.4 million Syrians seeking refuge and a better life. Over 1.5 million live along the border in south and south-eastern Turkey, with the highest concentration in the municipality of Gaziantep.

  • International Migrants Day Events Deepen Ties between Migrants and Local Turkish Communities, Fostering Integration

    Gaziantep – As the country hosting the largest number of Syrian refugees and migrants in the world, Turkey has been at the forefront in sharing the burden of a longstanding refugee emergency. International agencies, such as IOM, have valued the supporting role Turkey’s government has played, and note the many demands on domestic resources.

  • Refugees Looking for Help with Their New Lives in Turkey? There’s an App for That

    Ankara – Syrian refugees in Turkey are leading the way pioneering web-based services that provide access to information their community needs to help them set up a new life. They have quickly won support from international companies and organizations, and now their apps and online platforms provide displaced communities with housing and job listings, translations of Turkish laws, advice on getting residence permits, opening a bank account, and more.