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Session 19 part 2: Integrating Migrants in Crisis Preparedness, Response and Recovery in Countries of Destination
Tuesday, 30/Aug/2016:
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Session Chair: Lorenzo GUADAGNO, International Organization for Migration
Session Chair: Mechthilde FUHRER, European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA)
Room: Seehorn

Session Abstract

Migrants represent an increasingly sizable component of communities all around the world, and their presence is key for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the neighborhood, cities and countries they live in. However, they are also often among the people most severely affected by disasters. Language and administrative barriers, reduced local knowledge, mistrust in response actors and lack of consideration for their needs in local preparedness planning result in specific conditions of vulnerability.

As also highlighted by the Sendai Framework, including migrants, and their specific capacities and needs, in disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery efforts should become a priority to risk reduction and risk management actors all over the world, as it is key to minimizing short and long term impacts of hazards on diverse, multicultural community.

This session is part of a full training package that IOM has developed to improve the capacity of civil protection and emergency management actors to account for migrants’ specific needs in disaster planning and response. The session adopts a learner-centered, participatory approach, and revolves around the presentation of a few activities and an operational tool that aim to increase the participants’ awareness of the main issues at stake, as well as help them reflect on specific aspects of inclusive disaster risk management practice.

No contributions were assigned to this session.

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