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IOM calls for action against exploitation on European Anti-Trafficking Day


18 October 2013 – IOM today joins with the European Union (EU), other European countries and partners throughout the region in marking the Seventh EU Anti-Trafficking Day today at a special event in Vilnius organized by the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Commission. A one-day Opening Event is also taking place in Geneva to mark European Anti-Trafficking Day and to launch Switzerland’s week against trafficking in persons. IOM, as one of the largest anti-trafficking organizations in the world, has worked globally since 1994 to prevent and fight trafficking in human beings. It has implemented more than 900 counter-trafficking projects in over 100 countries. 
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“Put migrants at the centre of our debate” says Global Migration Group at the UN High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development

04 October 2013, New York - The Global Migration Group (GMG) calls for the protection and realization of the rights of all migrants in order to make migration a safe, productive and enriching experience for migrants and their families.  More >>

IOM mourns Lampedusa shipwreck victims: DG statement

04 October 2013 -  “I am deeply saddened by the tragic shipwreck that that took place on Thursday between Sicily and Lampedusa, in which at least 111 migrants died and over 200 are still missing,” says IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. “These migrants, many of whom were fleeing war and persecution in countries including Somalia and Eritrea, hoped to find a better life. They ended up entrusting their lives to human smugglers, risking everything aboard an unseaworthy boat that caught fire, capsized and sank at night. Entire families drowned. Despite the excellent work of the Italian coast guard and port authorities, who have saved thousands of lives in the Mediterranean over the past two decades, at least 20,000 people have died since 1993. Much more must be done to prevent this humanitarian crisis."   More >>

 

 

Over 100 of 4,000 Syrian Refugees Begin Relocation to Germany from Lebanon on Temporary Basis

11 September 2013 - One hundred and seven Syrian refugees will board the plane to Germany from Lebanon today as part of the German Humanitarian Admissions Programme (HAP) to temporarily welcome approximately 4,000 Syrian refugees until they are able to return home in safety and dignity or find other durable solutions. The Syrian refugees leaving on Wednesday were identified by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Lebanon between June and July 2013 and will travel on the International Organization for Migration (IOM) charter flights from Beirut to Hanover.  More >>

IOM World Migration Report 2013: Migrant Well-being and Development

WMR 201313 September 2013 - The individual well-being of migrants is the central theme of IOM’s World Migration Report 2013: Migrant Well-being and Development was released on 13 September amidst a growing debate on how the benefits of migration can best be harnessed for development. The WMR 2013 takes an exceptional look at migrants as persons by exploring how migration affects quality of life and human development. It draws upon the findings of a unique source of data – the Gallup World Poll – allowing for an assessment of the well-being of migrants worldwide for the first time. The Report was also launched in Brussels on 18 Sept.  More >>