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.