IOM Deputy Director General Attends Conference on Sustainable Eradication of Child Labour

IOM Deputy Director General, Ambassador Laura Thompson participated in the 4th Global Conference on the Sustainable Eradication of Child Labour in Buenos Aires. The conference – which seeks to help strengthen global efforts to eradicate all forms of child labour by the year 2025, as required by the Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – is focussed on the sustained eradication of child labour and the elimination of forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking, amongst others.

IOM UK hosted event on the trafficking and exploitation risks faced by children and youth on the move to Europe

To mark Anti-Slavery Day in 2017, IOM UK hosted an event drawing on the findings of the IOM and UNICEF joint report ‘Harrowing Journeys’. The event brought together speakers from IOM, UNICEF UK and the Rt Hon Fiona Mactaggart, former co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking, for a panel discussion moderated by Lucy Lamble, Associate Editor for Global Development at The Guardian, about migrant and refugee children on the move in Europe and the risks they face of trafficking and exploitation

UK Creative Art Workshop Explores Integration and Britishness

IOM UK partnered with renowned artist Salma Zulfiqar and Birmingham-based charity the Amirah Foundation to host a creative art workshop on empowering migrant women, as part of the Birmingham Weekend Festival, the city’s largest annual community arts festival. The event recognised that female migrants in the UK face specific challenges and vulnerabilities, and attempts to promote integration of female migrants into British society

Celebrating International Day of Peace through peaceful community integration

The theme of 2017 International Day of Peace is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” This particular theme aims to promote respect, safety and dignity for refugees and migrants. This theme complements a broader UN campaign, “TOGETHER”, a global initiative that seeks to strengthen social cohesion between host countries and communities, and refugees and migrants.

ILO, Walk Free and IOM release the new Global Estimates on Modern Slavery

New research developed jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with IOM, has revealed the true scale of modern slavery around the world. The data, released during the United Nations General Assembly, shows that more than 40 million people around the world were victims of modern slavery in 2016.

Up to Three Quarters of Children and Youth Face Abuse, Exploitation and Trafficking on Mediterranean Migration Routes

Migrant and refugee children and youth trying to reach Europe face appalling levels of human rights abuses, with 77 per cent of those traveling along the Central Mediterranean route reporting direct experiences of abuse, exploitation, and practices which may amount to human trafficking – IOM, the UN Migration Agency and UNICEF said today (12/09) in a new report.

Report Launch Event, 13th September - IOM's Fatal Journeys Volume 3: Improving Data on Missing Migrants

Since 2014, IOM has recorded the deaths of more than 22,500 migrants worldwide. This event will share the key messages of Fatal Journeys Volume 3 – Part 1, the third volume of the global report on migrant fatalities published by IOM.  The editors of the report will speak about three sets of issues: (i) what we know (ii) gaps and how to improve data on missing migrants (iii) the role of the media.

UN Migration Agency, Polaris to Launch Global Data Repository on Human Trafficking

Counter-trafficking specialists announced the pre-launch of the Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC) at the 5th Global Compact for Migration (GCM) consultations in Vienna. The CTDC is the result of a joint initiative led by IOM, the UN Migration Agency and Polaris, an independent organization combating modern slavery. Its online portal will consist of a global repository of data on human trafficking that protects the identities of victims, and uses a new international standard.

Vienna Hosts Thematic Session on Migrant Smuggling and Trafficking in Persons towards a Global Compact for Migration

IOM Director General William Lacy Swing addressed high-level government and UN officials, practitioners, and civil society on 5th September 2017 at the UN Center in Vienna, calling on States to carry out their commitments to combat migrant smuggling and trafficking in persons. This provides an opportunity to debate and examine actions taken, as well as gaps in responses to the smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons.

It’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. What do we need to do now?

It is believed that millions are currently victims of trafficking in persons around the world. It is almost impossible to think about each one of those numbers as individual human beings and it can feel like an insurmountable problem. But it isn’t. And on this World Day Against Trafficking in Persons we must believe that not only can we make a dent but that we can make significant inroads into eliminating it.