Migration story "omitted for too long" says agency ahead of UN union

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Members of International Organization for Migration distribute tarps, water jugs and personal items to residents of camps in Haiti. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

The proposed union of the United Nations and the International Organization for Migration, (IOM) is a sign that the global community is more aware than ever of the problems confronting migrants.

That's the view of Leonard Doyle, spokesperson for IOM, an independent body formed in 1951, whose 165 Member States have decided to join forces with the UN.

It's a move that's been welcomed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Mr Doyle spoke to Daniel Johnson about the development, describing it as "historic".

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