Press Releases

  • IOM and the European Union Helping Thousands of Vulnerable Migrants to Get Home from Turkey

    Ankara – As the world’s largest migrant and refugee-hosting country, Turkey hosts over four million migrants, seeking a different life from the instability, uncertainty and poverty they have left behind. Many struggle to integrate due to legal, financial, and language barriers, or lack of support. There comes a time when they realise they cannot continue to stay in Turkey and that going home is the best option.

  • IOM and Turkey’s Migration Directorate Strengthen Expertise in Combating Human Trafficking Through Prevention and Assistance to Victims

    Antalya – A country surrounded by regional conflict and mass displacement, Turkey has shown great hospitality to the four million refugees and migrants now calling it home. To manage the complex challenges that come with migration, Turkey set up a migration directorate six years ago today, the Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM).


    By António Vitorino, Director General International Organization for Migration (IOM)

    Migration is the great issue of our era. Migration With Dignity (#WithDignity) is the theme of 2018’s International Migrants Day, which we observe on Tuesday (18 December).Dignity is at the core of our mission.

  • Global Migration Film Festival kicks off across Turkey

    Ankara – December 18th will mark International Migrants Day, first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2000 to recognize the scale of the global migration phenomenon. Celebrated internationally, it provides an opportunity to acknowledge the positive contributions of migrants and their fundamental role in sustainable development.

  • UN Agencies Join Up to Provide Opportunities in Turkey

    ISTANBUL – “Opportunities for Lives” was launched on Monday in Istanbul, aiming to provide greater entrepreneurship opportunities for Syrians under temporary protection and Turkish citizens in nine Turkish provinces.


  • IOM Turkey Promotes Unity, Counters Xenophobia During First Public Information Summit

    Gaziantep – Eight years into the Syrian crisis, Turkey continues to be a transit and destination country, hosting three and a half million Syrians within its borders. A majority live in South-eastern Turkey, where IOM, the UN Migration Agency, works to bring Syrian migrant and Turkish host communities together.

  • 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.

  • 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.