When conflicts or natural disasters erupt, they can disproportionately affect migrants living, working, studying, traveling, or transiting in the country experiencing the crisis. While they are resilient and resourceful, a variety of factors, such as language barriers, isolated working conditions, limited access to information resources and opportunities, create particular vulnerability for migrants in the face of such crises.
By integrating and engaging migrants in their work, emergency management actors can play a vital role in addressing these factors, lessening migrants’ vulnerability in the context of crises and improving responses.
IOM’s training course on “Integrating migrants in emergency preparedness, response and recovery in their host countries” targets the personnel of emergency management institutions and first responders to strengthen their capacity to reach out to, assist and protect migrants before, during and after crises.
The course provides basic information and tools to improve the capacity of relevant personnel to:
- Understand migrants’ specific vulnerability and needs in the face of different kinds of crises; and
- Provide information and practical guidance on measures to reduce migrants’ vulnerability through improved communication, delivery of appropriate relief services, active engagement of migrants, and evaluations and learning.