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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.