Safety of Migrants in Calais

IOM believes that the human dimensions of the situation in Calais must not be lost as the UK and France deal with important security concerns and the disruption of tourism and commerce.  We believe a wider approach needs to be taken that includes humanitarian protection under international law, the provision of adequate legal migration routes, the option for irregular migrants to return voluntarily and in a dignified manner with reintegration assistance, information campaigns in countries of origin to ensure that potential migrants are well informed of risks as well as other assistance to vulnerable migrants to counter trafficking and smuggling and other dangers to migrants themselves. 

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On World Day against Trafficking in Persons, IOM calls for renewed commitment against exploitation and trafficking

July 30, 2015 – Citing a new study, “Addressing Human Trafficking and Exploitation in Times of Crisis,” International Organization for Migration Director General William Lacy Swing called the exploitation and trafficking of victims, a growing phenomenon in a world awash in conflict and natural disasters. 

IOM Director General and Cardinal Vincent Nichols Sign Cooperation Agreement on Counter-Trafficking

June 30, 2015 - The IOM Director General, Ambassador William Lacy Swing, and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW), signed a cooperation agreement on June 30th between their respective organisations to strengthen their relationship and tackle human trafficking through awareness raising. 

WSSP and IOM collaborate to engage the Somali diaspora in the UK

June 8, 2015 On Saturday 6th June 2015, the Worldwide Somali Students & Professionals (WSSP), in collaboration with IOM, hosted the event “Brain Gain: Strengthening Somali Institutions and the Role of UK Diaspora Professionals” at University College London, to inform the UK’s Somali diaspora professionals about the Migration for Development (MIDA) Somalia programme.

IOM’s Counter-Trafficking Training Sessions now Accredited in the UK

June 12, 2015 - In 2014, over 2,300 individuals were identified as victims of trafficking in the UK from over 96 different countries. Human trafficking is a hidden crime and one of the first steps to combating it is to identify victims so that they can be rescued and protected from further harm.