IOM Activities in the EU Relocation Scheme - April 2018

The EU relocation scheme is an expression of internal EU solidarity, through which people in need of international protection are transferred from Greece and Italy to another Member State of Relocation (MSR), where their asylum application will be processed. Eligible are only nationalities for which EU average recognition rate is above 75%.

To date, 34,694 people in need of international protection have been relocated in the EEA and Associated States area.

Read more about relocation activities.


Coercion of children to obtain fingerprints and facial images is never acceptable

IOM, together with other UN agencies and NGOs, has issued a joint statement raising our concern ahead the EU institution's negotiations (scheduled for of 27 March 2018) on the EURODAC Regulation, that the proposed system to expand the current database of asylum applicants to better identify “irregularly staying third country nationals” through the use of biometric data would inappropriately allow the use of coercion to take the fingerprints and facial images of children.

Success Stories From Skills2Work: Advice from Migrants and Employers

This booklet presents a sample of the success stories collected within the framework of the Skills2Work project to highlight the mutually beneficial relationship between refugees and employers in European Member States. Each person featured here has a story to tell about achievements, but also about personal challenges, about adjusting expectations and about compassion. Yet all stories have something in common: they promote the talents that refugees offer to our labour markets.


Migrant Vulnerability to Human Trafficking and Exploitation: Evidence from the Central and Eastern Mediterranean Migration Routes

We live in a world on the move. Today, one in every seven of us around the world is a migrant. While most  migration is by choice and has a largely positive impact on migrants and societies, IOM’s experience and data  have shown that many other migrants may also endure the most gruelling of pathways in search of opportunity  and a better life. With population movement comes great capacity for social innovation and economic growth; however, large-scale migration also presents a unique set of challenges.   

IOM Recommendations to the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU

IOM presents its migration recommendations to the Bulgarian EU Presidency. IOM is calling the EU Presidency of the Council to:

  1. Take a leading role in the negotiations for the Global Compact for Migration;
  2. Support the adoption of a reformed Common European Asylum System based on fairness and solidarity;
  3. Institutionalize a visa for vulnerable migrants;
  4. Support a rights-based, non-discriminatory and comprehensive approach to return and reintegration.

Human Trafficking along the Central Mediterranean Route: Data, Stories and Information collected by IOM

The Report focuses on the arrivals by sea of victims of trafficking, from Nigeria, in particular. Data has been collected by IOM staff in the field and through interviews with victims of trafficking.The Report is structured as follows: (1) The phenomenon of human trafficking; (2) IOM's counter-trafficking activities in Italy; (3) Main difficulties in safeguard and protection of trafficking victims; (4) Main vulnerabilities/risks identified by IOM. The topic are substantiated by stories of victims of trafficking identified by IOM and migrants collected during IOM activities in 2016.