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  • Migrant women engaged in livelihoods activities

    World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2019

    Geneva — The images are unforgettable. Desperate families in sweltering shipping containers and rickety boats. Bodies washed up on shores and beaches following failed voyages. Human beings scarred and broken from years of abuse and exploitation.

    Indeed, we are shattered by tales of violence and predation by those willing to exploit the desperate for their own personal gain. Our consciences are shaken with the realization that children are at risk of irreparable damage—even death—simply because their families are trying to improve their futures.      

  • World’s Première Migration Film Festival Opens Call for Films

    Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) this week issued a call for films for the Global Migration Film Festival. The multi-venue festival which takes place annually in over 100 countries in December is the world's première cultural event on migration. 

  • Innovative Schemes to Facilitate Integration of Resettled Refugees in European Union

    Brussels – Refugees resettling to the European Union (EU) bring diverse skills, and the majority want to find work and improve their language skills, according to a new report launched today (12/07) in Brussels at the closing event of an International Organization for Migration (IOM) project, to improve the integration of resettled refugees.

  • Key Lessons, Good Practices Captured at EU, ACP Migration Programme Close

    Brussels – Deepened engagement on migration between national and regional authorities in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions emerged as one of the most promising practices in the concluding analysis of a five-year, European Union-funded programme implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). 

  • European Council Room in the Europa Building in Brussels, the main seat of the European Council and the Council of the EU.

    EU Budget and SDGs Anchor IOM Recommendations to EU Council Presidency

    Brussels – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in recommendations released today (01-07) encouraged the new Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) to advance a long-term EU budget that promotes orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration as key to sustainable development in countries of origin, transit and destination.

  • High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini met with the Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi

    High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, today hosted Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Brussels on the occasion of the signing of the new EU-Pakistan Strategic Engagement Plan.

    The Strategic Engagement Plan is a new forward-looking and ambitious political framework for EU-Pakistan relations. It will further deepen relations and enhance the level of bilateral engagement, while addressing also emerging global challenges.

  • Migrants from Honduras en route to seek work in the US, crossing the Suchiate River from Guatemala into Mexico. © Adrees Latif/Reuters

    Migration to advance human development outcomes

    The Global Compact for Migration, signed in Marrakech in December 2018, lays the ground for international migration governance.

    Because migration is intrinsically linked with global trends like globalisation, digitalisation and urbanisation, it is shaping our world at every turn. How we govern migration at international, regional, national and local levels will have a significant impact on the future of our societies and economies.

  • Mr Antonio VITORINO, IOM Director-General shaking hands with Ms Carmen-Daniela DAN, Romanian Minister for Internal Affairs.

    IOM’s Vitorino, UNHCR’s Grandi Discuss Challenges Ahead with EU Home Affairs Ministers

    BRUSSELS – Today, Antonio Vitorino, the IOM Director General and Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, attended a lunch with EU Ministers participating in the first Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg after the European Parliament elections to discuss the challenges ahead on asylum and migration.

    The Director General and High Commissioner called for leadership on asylum and migration and underlined that safe, orderly and regular migration is best achieved through a whole-of-government approach and in close cooperation with partners.

  • IOM Director General, António Vitorino, with EU Senior Officials during the sixth EU-IOM Senior Officials Meeting.

    Priorities for future cooperation on migration discussed at EU, IOM strategic meeting

    Brussels – Senior officials from the European Union (EU) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are meeting in Brussels today (4 June) to advance the strategic partnership between the two organisations on key aspects of European and global migration.

  • Participants at the closing event of the Women4Dev Academy project. Photos: IOM

    Women4Dev Academy: African Diaspora Women’s Groups Empowered in Belgium

    Brussels – The number of international migrants grew to 258 million in 2017. Forty-eight per cent of these are women. This global trend has marked the ‘feminization of migration’, which speaks to a higher proportion of women in the migrant workforce, their motivations to migrate, and the role they play in global developments and economies.