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Family Reunion Process Brings Baby Omar Back to Parents After 4-Month Separation

February 24, 2016 - The Family Reunion Travel Assistance Programme has helped reunite a Syrian baby, Omar Al Sharki, with his family at Heathrow Airport after four-months apart on Friday February 19th. The programme is led by the British Red Cross and supported by IOM through a number of services, including travel assistance. IOM staff travelled with Omar from Beirut to London to safely ensure the reunion with his parents.

Growing numbers of child migrants and refugees are dying on route to Europe. Photo: Amanda Nero / IOM

With Increasing Child Deaths at Sea, IOM and UN Partner Agencies Urge Greater Protection for Migrants and Refugees

February 22, 2016 - An average of two children have drowned every day since September 2015 as their families try to cross the eastern Mediterranean, and the number of child deaths is growing, according to IOM, UNHCR, and UNICEF. The agencies are calling for better protection for those escaping conflict and despair.

IOM UK at Refugee Week Conference 2016

February 18, 2016 - IOM UK is delighted to be part of Refugee Week, a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and encourages a better understanding between communities. This year’s Refugee Week will take place between 20-26 June 2016, marking World Refugee Day on 20th June, with the theme 'Refugees Welcome'.

UK’s Anti-Slavery Commissioner Endorses IOM Training on Modern Slavery

February 15, 2016 - The UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC), Kevin Hyland OBE, has endorsed IOM UK’s CPD accredited Introduction to Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery awareness raising sessions, aimed at equipping frontline practitioners with the knowledge and tools needed to identify and protect victims of trafficking and slavery.

IOM DG to Attend London Pledging Conference for Syria

February 2, 2016 - IOM Director General William Lacy Swing will travel to London on Thursday 4th February for the ‘Supporting Syria and the Region 2016’ pledging conference. The event will be co-hosted by the UN, UK, Germany, Kuwait and Norway and aims to rally international financial support to address humanitarian and development needs inside Syria and the region, bringing together world leaders from around the globe to support those who have been affected by the ongoing Syria crisis.

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