Press Releases

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

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 Turkey’s Mediterranean Response Teams have been working round the clock since July to bring basic help to the thousands of migrants who fail in their bid to cross the Aegean Sea to the Greek islands, 10 short kilometres away. 

The rights of victims must be the priority of all countries and there should be consistent and coordinated work to counter human trafficking

Message from IOM Turkey Chief of Mission Lado Gvilava - World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

European Union, IOM and Ministry of Trade partner to boost capacity of 800 Customs Staff in Turkey

ANKARA – Yesterday, representatives from the European Union Delegation to Turkey, Ministry of Trade (MoT), Central Finance and Contracts Unit (CFCU), Ministry of Interior and IOM, gathered for the launch of a new EU-funded project that aims to develop the capacity of customs officials over the next 30 months, aligning integrated border management practices in Turkey with EU standards. 

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.