This June marks the second anniversary since the launch of the Guidelines to Protect Migrants in Countries Affected by Conflict or Natural Disaster, the outcome document of the Migrant in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) Initiative.
Continuous efforts are required to ensure that the MICIC Guidelines are widely understood and incorporated into relevant national and regional planning. This will be a crucial step towards generating a stronger commitment towards the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the various stakeholders.
IOM has developed a set of training materials and operational guidance tools that can be used to design and implement relevant MICIC awareness raising and capacity-building activities for governments, non-governmental actors and migrants:
- An E-learning course for consular officials on assisting nationals in the context of crises;
- A training course for emergency responders on migrant-inclusive emergency management;
- An orientation module for migrants on crisis preparedness, to be delivered before departure or upon arrival;
- Operational guidance for consular staff and emergency management personnel for crisis preparedness activities;
- Thematic publications to build the evidence base on migrants experience in countries in crisis.
These tools have already been used in over 20 countries by governments and civil society partners who work on migrant-inclusive disaster risk management and consular crisis support.
Migrants are often among the groups most affected by natural hazards and armed conflicts. Language barriers, limited social networks and isolation are some of the factors that may limit migrants’ ability to ensure their own safety and well-being. Foreign services play a key role in ensuring the safety of their nationals abroad, providing them with travel advice, documentation and assistance during emergencies. Take the virtual learning course from anywhere for better crisis preparedness.