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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.

Event: Moving Stories photo booth at "Call me by my name exhibition" on Saturday 18 June 2016

As part of the exhibition "Call me by my name - Stories from Calais and beyond" curated by the Migration Museum Project, IOM invites attendees and visitors to come to the "Moving stories - Visual explorations of migration" storybooth on Saturday 18 June to share human journeys and experiences, stories of home, love, loss and transitions

Event: Portraits of Welcome at Refugee Week's Welcome Marketplace/Southbank Centre, 19 June 2016 and the British Museum, 24 June 2016

Sunday, 19 June 2016 marks the launch of this year’s Refugee Week festivities in the UK at the Southbank Centre, London. As a partner of Refugee Week, IOM will be joining the celebration the Portraits of Welcome project, a participatory arts project creating visual messages of welcome for refugees. Portraits of Welcome will also be part of the Refugee Week special event at the British Museum on Friday, 24 June 2016.

Event: Maximizing the development outcomes of remittances: the role of multi-stakeholder approaches - London, 16 June 2016

June 6, 2016 - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) proclaimed 16 June as the International Day of Family Remittances. To mark this day, IOM UK will bring together speakers to discuss the potential of multi-stakeholder approaches – across sectors such as migration, banking, money transfer and development –  in facilitating reliable and low-cost remittances, ensuring policy coherence and maximizing the development outcomes of remittances

Event: Improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees - London, 8 June 2016

May 26, 2016 - A conference on Improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees will take place at the ICO Conference Centre, in London on Wednesday 8th June 2016. Chaired by Guglielmo Schinina, Head of Mental Health, Psychosocial Response and Intercultural Communication Section (MHPSS), IOM, and researched and produced in partnership with the Child and Family Refugee Service at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, this important and timely conference will support delegates to better understand and meet the needs of asylum seekers and refugees.

IOM Calls for Leadership at the First World Humanitarian Summit

May 23, 2016 - Migration is set to play a central role at the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) which opens in Istanbul today (23/5). At the two-day event, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing will discuss with leaders of the international community the state of humanitarian aid, notably its parlous financing and the global displacement crisis.

IOM Assists 7,000 Victims of Human Trafficking Globally in 2015

May 20, 2016 - Nearly 7,000 victims of trafficking were assisted by IOM in 115 countries during 2015. IOM is the largest provider of services to victims of human trafficking across the globe. IOM has implemented counter trafficking programmes since 1994 and has, since then, assisted over 70,000 trafficked persons and exploited migrants.

IOM Joins London Launch of the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment

May 10, 2016 - IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson met with representatives from business, government, trade unions and civil society organisations in London on Wednesday 4th May to discuss what has been called “modern slavery” and to launch a call to action for global corporations to eliminate unethical recruitment practices, including the charging of extortionate fees to migrant workers.

Report Launch in London - “If We Leave We Are Killed: Lessons Learned from South Sudan Protection of Civilian Sites 2013-2016”

May 4, 2016 - “If We Leave We Are Killed” is an independent report that analyses the unprecedented protection and humanitarian response at UN peacekeeping bases in South Sudan, where as many as 200,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have sought shelter from a vicious civil war since December 2013. A launch of this report is taking place at Chatham House, London on Wednesday 10th May