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

Themes: Counter-Trafficking

Antalya – A country surrounded by regional conflict and mass displacement, Turkey houses four million refugees and migrants. This produces countless challenges, not least among them huge increases in human trafficking.  

PLURAL+ 2019 Call for Entries Now Open

Since 2009, UN Alliance of Civilizations and IOM have collaborated on the Plural Plus Video Festival to empower young filmmakers to share their visions about the pressing issues of migration, diversity, and social inclusion. Learn more and participate! 

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.

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.