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Welcome to iDiaspora

Migrants and diaspora communities are recognized for their invaluable role in society due to their rich cultural contributions, diverse voices, and their economic contributions to the countries they live in and come from, including philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and innovations. iDiaspora provides a platform to share your voice, to gain knowledge, and to engage with the global community committed to the importance of diaspora.


Becoming a member of iDiaspora will bring you closer with diaspora and expatriate communities globally for sharing your work with others, but also finding inspiration and new opportunities. You will have access to regularly updated news, relevant resources, learning and funding opportunities.
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From research to training materials, groups around the world are creating resources for transnational communities. iDiaspora aims to bring together resources from variety of partners in one place in order to help individuals and organisations in diaspora get the information they need to effectively engage as developmental actors.
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There are many ways to give back but its not always easy to find an outlet for our efforts. iDiaspora aims to link those that want to make a difference with concrete opportunities to forge a better future.
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Diaspora engagement

Diaspora engagement has to potential to become a practice of choice for the public and private sector. We need to narrow the gaps in connectivity, knowledge and opportunity between these sectors to realize this potential. I sense iDiaspora is an important step-change in this journey and is a platform I look forward to seeing flourish.

~ Martin Russell, co-founder of the forthcoming DiasporaLab

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Daphne Henning
13 January 2023
Blog Entry

Diasporas Take the Lead in Addressing Humanitarian Gaps in COVID-19 Recovery, Reach 1.5 Million People in Lebanon, Tunisia and Zimbabwe

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has partnered with select diaspora organizations operating in Lebanon, Tunisia and Zimbabwe to implement a series of innovative projects in areas significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Collectively, these projects have reached upwards of 1.5 million people within the last six months.
Veronica Uribe-Kessler
22 December 2022

iDiaspora Newsletter - Issue 2 - December 20222

The Diaspora Team at the IOM HQ is pleased to present the second issue of the Global Diaspora Newsletter. Diasporas have invaluable economic, cultural, human, and social capital for societies. Governments, organizations, and partners across the world have recognized their potential as development actors in multiple initiatives. This newsletter seeks to highlight major diaspora stories, successes…
Veronica Uribe-Kessler
24 November 2022
Event Calendar


The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), through its Statistics and Population Divisions, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) are organizing the 3rd International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS 2023). The Forum will be held in Santiago, Chile, from 24 – 26 January 2023 as an in-…
Daphne Henning
04 November 2022
Event Calendar

Ukraine Diaspora Conference

The online event will bring together representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora from different countries to discuss a role transnational communities can play in humanitarian response and country’s recovery, and to identify concrete cooperation opportunities and the way forward. Simultaneous translation in English and Ukrainian will be provided.
Daphne Henning
13 October 2022
Blog Entry

Fostering Global Diaspora Engagement in COVID-19 Response and Relief

A new initiative implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Washington, DC in cooperation with the local IOM Country Offices is supporting a variety of innovative projects by six diaspora organizations in the following three countries: Lebanon, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe. The local IOM Country Offices are facilitating the projects on the ground, ensuring proper coordination…
12 September 2022
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Diaspora Mapping Toolkit

The IOM Diaspora Mapping Toolkit builds on the rich experience of more than 150 diaspora mappings conducted in various contexts, this toolkit presents a systematic, comprehensive yet highly flexible and agile approach to mapping the diaspora in different contexts. By following clear guidelines for collecting and analyzing data about diaspora communities, policymakers will be able to develop more…
Veronica Uribe-Kessler
24 August 2022

iDiaspora Newsletter - Issue 1 - August 2022

The iDiaspora Team is pleased to share with our global community the first iDiaspora newsletter.  Diasporas have invaluable economic, cultural, human, and social capital for societies. Governments, organizations, and partners across the world have recognized their potential as development actors in multiple initiatives. This newsletter seeks to highlight major diaspora stories, successes, events…
19 July 2022


This report provides an overview of key good practices of diaspora organizations that engage in humanitarian response. These fourteen good practices were selected after consultations with diaspora organizations as well as institutional humanitarian actors. Each good practice is illustrated by two concrete examples of diaspora organizations who respond to crisis and emergency situations. The…

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