IOM MENA Regional Position Paper: Migration and Water in the Middle East and North Africa

Author: 
IOM
Type of Publication: 
Status: 
Free
Language of Publication: 
English
Year of Publication: 
2019

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In the Middle East and North Africa, migration is a key trend. The region hosts roughly 14 per cent of the global international migrant stock (refugees and other interna-tional migrants), including those originating from within the region and those arriving from outside the region.

In conjunction with such migration dynamics, the region is one of the most water scarce in the world, with 18 out of 22 Arab states falling below the renewable water re-sources annual threshold of 1,000m3 per capita and 13 states falling below the absolute water scarcity threshold of 500m3 per capita, per year.

In line with the Arab Regional Water Strategy, IOM, based on its mandate and expertise, actively supports its Member States in the integration of migration management concerns into water governance.