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Director General Honours Humanitarian Aid Workers at Westminster Abbey

August 19, 2016 - IOM Director General William Lacy Swing yesterday (18/8) attended the 3rd Memorial Event for Humanitarian Aid Workers on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day.

The memorial gave the opportunity for people, regardless of nationality and faith, to come together as a community of support to honour and remember the humanitarians who have lost their lives in the service of humanitarianism, to recognise common humanitarian ideals and to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian action around the globe.

Mediterranean Human Trafficking and Exploitation Prevalence Survey

August 12, 2016 - IOM has found that 76 percent of almost 1,400 migrants and refugees interviewed in Italy from 24th of June to 3rd August 2016 – and who travelled along the Central Mediterranean Route connecting North Africa to Europe – have responded positively to at least one indicator of the presence of human trafficking and other exploitative practices on the route.

Evidence-based Strategies Needed to Combat Human Trafficking

July 30, 2016 - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has developed a global database to identify trends related to migration and human trafficking. To mark the 2016 World Day against Trafficking in Persons, IOM’s Migrant Assistance Division (MAD) has released data on the profile of victims of trafficking assisted by the Organization over the past ten years, and data on regional trafficking corridors from 2015. 

IOM UK Supports Lambeth Palace in Welcoming Syrian Refugees

July 28, 2016 This week (Monday 25 July), the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, welcomed a family of Syrian refugees to his home in Lambeth Palace. To help prepare palace staff to understand and support the Syrian family, IOM was invited to Lambeth Palace to deliver an information session

Credit: Refugee Week at: http://refugeeweek.org.uk/refugee-week-at-the-british-museum/

IOM UK Launches “Portraits of Welcome” to Mark Refugee Week

July 4, 2016 - To mark Refugee Week and provide a genuine sense of welcome for refugees, IOM launched a call for "Portraits of Welcome". In two separate Refugee Week events at the Southbank Centre and the British Museum in London, members of the public were invited to a story booth to provide a personal message of welcome for refugees and have their photograph professionally taken by artist Marcia Chandra.

IOM Calls for Cheaper, Transparent and More Accessible Remittances

June 17, 2016 - Yesterday (June 16) marked the second annual International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR), which recognises the financial contributions made by 250 million migrant workers to sustainable international development. IOM is calling on governments, the financial sector, and money transfer operators to commit to a cross-sector approach to facilitate cheaper, transparent and more accessible remittances worldwide which leverage their full potential for development.