MICIC: Migrants in Countries in Crisis

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January 2015 to June 2019
European Commission (DG DEVCO)
International Migration Institute (IMI), University of Oxford


Objective: Improve the capacity of States and other stakeholders to assist and protect migrants in countries experiencing conflict or natural disaster.

Context: EU contribution to the global MICIC Initiative, a state-led yet multi-stakeholder consultative process, launched in 2014, to improve the ability of States and other actors to be better prepared for, respond to and address consequences of crises on migrants caught in the affected countries. The MICIC Initiative is co-chaired by the United States and the Philippines. The MICIC Secretariat is hosted by IOM.

Lines of action:

Consultations: Six regional consultations were conducted throughout 2015 and 2016. The outcome of this process directly fed into the development of the MICIC “Guidelines to Protect Migrants in Countries Experiencing Conflict of Natural Disaster”.

Research: The research component provides an evidence base on the migration dimension of crises. It applies a case study approach with a focus on Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Lebanon, Libya, South Africa and Thailand.

Capacity Building: The capacity building component consists of various activities to implement recommendations derived from the consultations, the MICIC Guidelines and the research.