In 2015, significant flows of migration to, through and from the Middle East and North Africa continued unabated. Ongoing conflict, economic stagnation and political turmoil were main drivers of migration, though motives for movement remain complex. There were dramatic shifts in the scale and routes of migration to, through and from the region, contributing to a movement of people on a scale which has not been seen in over 70 years. The IOM Middle East and North Africa Annual Report 2015 looks at the facts and figures of migration flows, and also takes a closer look at the stories of people on the move.
The annual report, in addition to presenting IOM’s programmatic spectrum in the Middle East and North Africa, places a special focus on the movements to, through and from the Middle East and North Africa to the Mediterranean as a specific area of geographic focus. It also contains a section on refugee resettlement activities from the region, which increased significantly in 2015. Finally, the report includes a section on research and publications. A data analysis section providing an overview of all activities carried out in the region in 2015 is forthcoming, as well as an Arabic translation of the report.