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IOM 65th Anniversary - Migration: A Measure of Humanity’s Dignity

December 5, 2016 - Today, the International Organization for Migration turns 65. Throughout our history, we have been standing #ForMigration. IOM quickly grew from a focus on migrant and refugee resettlement to become the world’s leading intergovernmental organization dedicated to the well-being, safety and engagement of migrants.

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4,162 Syrian refugees have been resettled to the UK in one year with IOM assistance

December 1, 2016 - Figures released today by the Home Office show that 4,162 Syrian refugees were granted humanitarian protection under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (SVPR) in the YE September 2016. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been working continuously, in partnership with the UK Government, UNHCR and local authorities in the country to support the resettlement and integration of Syrian refugees.

Event: The Evolving Dynamics of the Refugee and Migrant Response, 2 December, London

To mark International Migrants Day, IOM, the Open University, the University of Oxford’s Centre for Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), the Migration Museum Project and actReal are hosting a showcase event and panel discussion on Friday 2 December in London. The panel discussion will provide a forum for informed debate on the Evolving Dynamics of the Refugee and Migrant Response and explore the ethos and ethics that impact the responsibility sharing of an adequate response to the refugee and migrant situation. 

Abuse, Exploitation and Trafficking: IOM reveals data on the scale of the danger and risks that migrants face on the Mediterranean routes to Europe

October 18, 2016 - On 18 October, Anti-Slavery Day 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) recognises that human trafficking and modern slavery knows no borders – victims and survivors everywhere must be identified and protected, and traffickers stopped. Migrants are particularly at risk, as IOM data and analysis shows.

IOM and PwC organise roundtable on labour market integration for refugees and beneficiaries of international protection

October 14, 2016 - On Wednesday 12th October 2016, IOM UK and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) organised a roundtable discussion with national stakeholders representing the UK government, civil society organisations, business and the private sector, refugee communities, academics and international organisations, to examine the challenges, barriers and gaps faced in fostering the early entry of refugees into the labour market, to find creative solutions that address these challenges and to facilitate cross sector interaction, as part of the Skills2Work project.

Event: Trafficking and Exploitation on the Mediterranean Migrant Routes, 11 October, London

October 4, 2016 - Alarming reports of human trafficking and exploitation along the Eastern and Central Mediterranean migrant routes are the object of further analysis and study by the British Red Cross (BRC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), to be presented at an event on 11 October, to provide the wider counter-trafficking and modern slavery community with up to date and relevant information on trafficking concerns in Europe. 

Summit on Refugees and Migrants Begins as IOM Joins the United Nations

September 19, 2016 - The United Nations Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, which took place in New York, provided a singular opportunity for the global community to forge a greater consensus on managing the world’s movements of migrants and refugees. With representatives of nearly two hundred nation states looking on, Ambassador Swing signed a document formally linking IOM to the United Nations, as one of its related organisations, giving the United Nations, for the first time, an explicit, official migration mandate.

Children and Unsafe Migration in Europe: Data Briefing

September 2, 2016 - With an increasing number of migrant children reported missing in Europe, questions arise about the availability, coverage and reliability of data on children migrating to and through the European Union. IOM’s Berlin-based Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) analyses the evidence base in its latest Data Briefing Issue.

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.

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