The Christmas Day drownings of at least 18 Haitian migrants when their sailboat capsized off the Turks and Caicos Islands, has re-focused attention on the crisis of "desperation migration." French | Spanish
By William Lacy Swing, Director General, IOM
For several years I have been saying that migration can be summed up by a series of D words: Demographics, Disasters, Demand, Disparities and Dreams. This year I am adding a new D: Desperation. French|Spanish
By Laura Thompson, Deputy-Director General, International Organization for Migration
The International Organization for Migration regards International Migrants Day as a critical opportunity to highlight and celebrate migrants and the many positive contributions that migrants bring to societies around the world. The general public’s image and representation of migrants is too often unbalanced and predominantly negative, and all the more so in these trying economic times.
Calculating migrant deaths in border regions is a great challenge and the true number of deaths remains unknown. The vast majority of governments do not publish number of deaths, and counting the lives lost is largely left to civil society and the media. Several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) exist to track deaths in regions known for high irregular migration flows and dangerous border crossings. French | Spanish
The Global Migration Group (GMG) welcomes the outcomes of the second United Nations (UN) High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development which took place at the UN General Assembly in New York on 3 and 4 October 2013. Spanish
Remittances received in El Salvador from January to October 2013 increased by US$40.5 million or 1.3% in relation to the same period in 2012. The country’s Central Reserve Bank reported a monthly increase of US$4 million in remittances received in the small Central American nation which has some 3 million nationals living abroad, the vast majority in the United States.
José Luis Hernandez was just 19 years old when he lost a leg, an arm and four fingers of the other hand after falling off of La Bestia, or the Beast, as Central American migrants aptly named the train that leaves the southern Mexican city of Arriaga and travels north to Reynosa, just across the border from McAllen, Texas.
Italian navy and coastguard vessels have rescued more than 1,000 migrants off the tiny island of Lampedusa in the past 24 hours, Italian officials say. On Thursday 2 January the Navy rescued 233 migrants from an overcrowded smugglers’ boat in rough seas south of Sicily. The navy said one of its frigates transported the migrants — who were from Pakistan, Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia, Zambia and Mali — into a Sicilian port.
“These past seven years in Spain have been very good for me; I have learnt many things. But now I have a new vision: I want to return home to Nicaragua and share my knowledge with my people" - Marta Morales, a Nicaraguan teacher who migrated to Spain in search of better economic opportunities.
In the Indonesian town of Cisarua, migrants gather from all over Asia and the Middle East - mainly young men from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Sri Lanka and Burma - either to begin the long and difficult path to legitimate resettlement in another country or to take their chances crossing the sea.