8 August 2017

UN Migration Agency Presents “Granma” at 70th Locarno Film Festival

Rome, 8 August 2017 – The first screening of the film “Granma”, produced in the framework of the ‘Aware Migrants’ information campaign – developed by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and financed by the Italian Ministry of the Interior – was held yesterday (7 August) as part of the 70th Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland. [...]

31 July 2017

It’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. What do we need to do now?

Switzerland, 31. July 2017 - It is believed that millions are currently victims of trafficking in persons around the world. It is almost impossible to think about each one of those numbers as individual human beings and it can feel like an insurmountable problem. But it isn’t. And on this World Day Against Trafficking in [...]

11 July 2017

UN Migration Agency Helps Nearly 100,000 Migrants Return and Reintegrate in 2016

Switzerland, 11 July 2017 – Today (11/07), IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reported that they helped 98,403 migrants return home voluntarily in 2016. This assistance was provided through the IOM Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programmes and highlighted in their latest report, Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration 2016 Key Highlights. This represents a 41 [...]

3 July 2017

2017 Global Migration Film Festival: Call for Entries

Switzerland, 3 July 2017 — The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is inviting professional and emerging filmmakers to submit perception-changing films about the migrant experience for the second annual Global Migration Film Festival (5–18 December). The Global Migration Film Festival showcases films that capture the promise and challenges of migration for those who leave their homes in search [...]

19 June 2017

Major Global Brands Commit to Preventing Forced Labour in Supply Chains

Germany, 19 June 2017 - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) joins leading global brands, government officials, trade associations, recruiters and other expert organizations in Berlin to tackle forced labour in supply chains and encourage international companies to commit to the ethical recruitment of migrant workers. Participants at the Annual Leadership Forum for Responsible Recruitment are [...]

1 June 2017

UN Migration Agency Conducts Investigations at Two Kenya Emergency Sites

Switzerland, 1 June 2017 - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is conducting investigations into alleged misconduct in both Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps. Both investigations are complex matters that require resources, time and due process. The Organization’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is leading both probes with a team of experienced investigators. If IOM’s investigation [...]

31 May 2017

UNHCR, IOM pledge increased support for Libya

Geneva, 30 May — The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Migration Agency (IOM), on Tuesday presented their plans for expanding operations in Libya and enhancing their support to migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and Libyans affected by the ongoing conflict. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi joined IOM Director General William [...]

18 May 2017

Diversity is Destiny! We Make our Future and Diversity Makes Us

Switzerland, 18 May 2017 - Cultural diversity is the driving force of modern life, has a crucial role in development and underpins the wealth of nations. We will celebrate it this week by observing World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The International Organization for Migration, the United Nations Migration Agency, considers human [...]

17 May 2017

UN Migration Agency Director General’s Message on International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Switzerland, 17 May 2017 - Every person experiences migration differently. Gender identity and sexual orientation can have an impact on a migrant’s journey – unfortunately, often in a negative and even dangerous way. In 2017, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals still face an alarming number of human rights abuses, including exclusion, [...]

15 May 2017

Uganda Hosts Pan African Forum on Migration

Uganda, 15 May 2017 - Uganda is this week (15-17 May) hosting the third Pan African Forum on Migration (PAFoM III), with delegates from the continent and from across the world expected in the capital, Kampala. At Monday (15/05)'s opening ceremony of the three-day meeting, being held under the theme: Towards an African Common [...]