Press Releases

  • Egyptian Minister of Emigration Meets with IOM Chief of Staff

    Cairo, 3 August 2016 - H.E. Nabila Makram Abdel Shahid, Egyptian Minister of State for Emigration and Egyptian Expatriates’ Affairs (MoSEEA) met with Mr Ovais Sarmad, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Chief of Staff in Cairo during his visit to present at the Arab League.

  • IOM Egypt Inaugurates Migration Health Assessment Centre

    Cairo, 31 July 2016 - IOM Egypt has inaugurated the first independent migration health assessment centre (MHAC) to provide full health assessments to refugees going through the resettlement process of five main destination countries: United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

  • IOM Marks the World Day against Trafficking in Persons in Egypt

    Alexandria, 30 July 2016 – To mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized an event, in partnership with the Centre for Peace and Social Studies at Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the National Coordinating Committee for Combating and Preventing Trafficking in Persons (NCCTIP) on Saturday 30 July 2016.

  • IOM Marks the Closure of its EU-funded Regional START Programme

    Tunis, 29 July 2016 - IOM hosted a one-day workshop in Tunis, Tunisia to mark the completion of its four-and-half-year, European Union-funded regional programme: “Stabilizing at-risk communities and enhancing migration management to enable smooth transitions in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya (START).”

  • MoSEEA Launches its Website and Marks the Closing of IMIS III with the Support of IOM

    Cairo, 25 July 2016 - Minister Nabila Makram Ebeid Abdel Shahid, Egyptian Minister of State for Emigration and Egyptian Expatriates’ Affairs launched the Ministry’s website and marked the closure of the Integrated Migration Information Systems (IMIS III) project funded by the Italian-Egyptian Debt Swap Programme and implemented by IOM at an official event today.

  • Stranded Migrant Numbers Seeking IOM Aid in Egypt Spike in 2016

    Cairo, 11 July 2016 - The number of vulnerable stranded migrants with immediate financial, health and protection needs requesting help from IOM Egypt, including assisted voluntary return to their country of origin, has spiked in 2016.

  • Egypt Ranks Top Sending Country of UMCs to Italy

    Cairo, 12 June 2016 – A total of 1,815 Egyptian irregular migrants landed on the Italian shores including 1,147 (78%) unaccompanied migrant children (UMCs) from January to May 2015, ranking Egypt as the tenth top sending country of irregular Egyptian migrants to Italy, and the top sending of unaccompanied migrant children.

  • African Union Meets in Sharm El Sheikh for AU-Horn of Africa Initiative

    Cairo, 10 June 2016 - IOM Egypt this week supported the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to organize the second ministerial meeting of the AU-Horn of Africa Initiative on Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants (AU-HoAI) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

  • Egyptian Minister of Manpower Meets with Deputy Director General of IOM

    Geneva, 9 June 2016 - H.E. Ambassador Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), met with Minister Mohamed Saafan, the Egyptian Minister of Manpower on Tuesday, 7 June in Geneva. Attendees included H.E. Ambassador Amr Ramadan, Permanent Representative of Egypt in Geneva.

  • IOM Fears 320 Migrants Missing in Mediterranean as Deaths Approach 3,000 in 2016

    Italy - IOM reports an estimated 206,400 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 5 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain. No fatalities have been recorded in the Mediterranean since Saturday, 4 June. Deaths so far this year are 2,809, compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015. In other words, fatalities in the Mediterranean in 2016 are nearly 1,000 more than last year’s mid-year total, even though we now are some three weeks shy of 2016’s mid-year point.