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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