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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.

Mediterranean Human Trafficking and Exploitation Prevalence Survey

August 12, 2016 - IOM has found that 76 percent of almost 1,400 migrants and refugees interviewed in Italy from 24th of June to 3rd August 2016 – and who travelled along the Central Mediterranean Route connecting North Africa to Europe – have responded positively to at least one indicator of the presence of human trafficking and other exploitative practices on the route.

Evidence-based Strategies Needed to Combat Human Trafficking

July 30, 2016 - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has developed a global database to identify trends related to migration and human trafficking. To mark the 2016 World Day against Trafficking in Persons, IOM’s Migrant Assistance Division (MAD) has released data on the profile of victims of trafficking assisted by the Organization over the past ten years, and data on regional trafficking corridors from 2015. 

IOM UK Supports Lambeth Palace in Welcoming Syrian Refugees

July 28, 2016 This week (Monday 25 July), the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, welcomed a family of Syrian refugees to his home in Lambeth Palace. To help prepare palace staff to understand and support the Syrian family, IOM was invited to Lambeth Palace to deliver an information session