Press Releases

  • 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.

  • Celebrating and Taking Stock – START Holds its Last Workshop in Egypt

    Suez, 31 May 2016 - The last workshop of the Labour Migration and Human Development Component of START programme took place on May 30-31 in Ain Sokhna. The workshop gathered the programme's partners and service providers in Egypt, including Education for Employment Egypt, El Mahrousa Center for Socioeconomic Development, Innovety, Microsoft, Nahdet El Mahrousa, and the National Employment Pact. The objective was to celebrate the completion of the activities and take stock of achieved results and lessons learned.

  • NCCPIM, IOM Egypt Host International Migration Law Workshop

    Cairo, 28 May 2016 - Egypt’s National Coordinating Committee for Combating and Preventing Illegal Migration (NCCPIM), in cooperation with IOM Egypt, organized a workshop for 25 senior government officials from 24-25 May 2016 on international, regional and national law governing migration.

  • Promoting Sustainable Development and Peace through Sports

    Cairo, 27 May 2016 -  A group of 22 top Egyptian athletes pledged to promote world peace and advance the new and universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during a sports event co-organized by the United Nations in Egypt, the International Organization for Migration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Youth and Sports at the Gezira Youth Centre in Cairo on Friday, June 3rd.

  • IOM Egypt Sponsors a Soccer Tournament for Migrant Kids

    Cairo, 22 April 2016 - Friday, 22nd of April 2016 was a day filled with laughter, smiles, and lots of activities for students from the African Hope Learning Center, where a charity tournament was held in partnership with the Cairo American School (CAC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). 

  • IOM Egypt Offers Free Diabetes Screenings, Eyeglasses to Migrants to Mark World Health Day

    Cairo, 20 April 2016 - Following World Health Day (WHD) on 7 April, which had a 2016 theme of “Beat Diabetes”, IOM Egypt yesterday organized an event for migrant communities at Cairo’s Sayyeda Zeinab Cultural Park for Children, in cooperation with Tadamon, the Egyptian Refugee Multicultural Council.

  • IOM Confirms Reports of Hundreds of Migrants Killed in Latest Mediterranean Shipwreck Tragedy

    Kalamata, 20 April 2016 - On April 19, staff of International Organization for Migration traveled to Kalamata, Greece to gather information from witnesses to a reported shipwreck that may have caused the deaths of upwards of 400 migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean Sea. 

  • Egypt’s NCCPIM Undertakes Study visit to Italy

    Cairo, 25 March 2016 - Eleven senior officials from the National Coordinating Committee on Preventing and Combatting Illegal Migration (NCCPIM) have undertaken a study visit organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM Egypt) to Italy on best practices for the protection of vulnerable migrants, with particular emphasis on unaccompanied migrant children (UMC). 

  • IOM Returns Orphan to Begin New Life with Extended Family in the Philippines

    Cairo, 15 March 2016 - IOM returned a new-born child to her extended family in the Philippines after the passing away of her mother in Cairo.

    IOM worked closely with the Embassy of the Philippines in returning the new born. The Embassy conducted necessary family tracing procedures prior to departure and secured relevant travel documents and an escort. IOM assisted through the provision of medical assistance and covered the transportation costs for the orphan.

  • IOM Egypt Offers Free Cancer Screenings to Female Migrants

    Cairo, 10 March 2016 - In celebration of International Women’s Day, IOM Egypt is distributing dignity kits to female migrants and presenting them with the opportunity to check for cervical and breast cancer at one of Cairo’s medical health care providers.