Watch the joint IOM-Save the Children documentary about children's experiences during their migratory journey through and towards cities, the expectations and challenges they face, and what reality looks like.
IOM's Global Solar Lanterns Initiative. IOM in partnership with individuals and the private sector provides greater support to migrant families living in settlements and communities that are "off the grid" by providing innovative solar lanterns primarily to those in developing countries.
Migrants play an important role in the global shift to cities and in driving cities’ development agendas. However, this role seems to be largely overlooked in the global debate on urbanization and development. While many cities and local governments are attuned to the realities and policy responses that include migrants – and take migrants’ voices into account when putting forward agendas at both the national and federal levels – others have ignored this in their development planning.
For this year, IOM aligns the topic of its principal forum for policy dialogue, the International Dialogue on Migration (IDM), with the theme of its flagship publication, World Migration Report. Accordingly, the 2015 IDM high-level conference is dedicated to migrants and cities. The conference is the second such high-level event – with the first being the Diaspora Ministerial Conference held in 2013 – and brings together ministers, high-level government officials, mayors and other local authorities, the private sector and civil society organizations to discuss the complex dynamics of human mobility at city and local level and how risks can be managed and development opportunities maximized. The conference is also the venue for the launch of the World Migration Report 2015 – Migrants and Cities: New Partnerships to Manage Urban Mobility. #MigrantsAndCities #WorldMigrationReport