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IOM Deputy Director General Attends Conference on Sustainable Eradication of Child Labour

IOM Deputy Director General, Ambassador Laura Thompson participated in the 4th Global Conference on the Sustainable Eradication of Child Labour in Buenos Aires. The conference – which seeks to help strengthen global efforts to eradicate all forms of child labour by the year 2025, as required by the Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – is focussed on the sustained eradication of child labour and the elimination of forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking, amongst others.

IOM UK hosted event on the trafficking and exploitation risks faced by children and youth on the move to Europe

To mark Anti-Slavery Day in 2017, IOM UK hosted an event drawing on the findings of the IOM and UNICEF joint report ‘Harrowing Journeys’. The event brought together speakers from IOM, UNICEF UK and the Rt Hon Fiona Mactaggart, former co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking, for a panel discussion moderated by Lucy Lamble, Associate Editor for Global Development at The Guardian, about migrant and refugee children on the move in Europe and the risks they face of trafficking and exploitation

UK Creative Art Workshop Explores Integration and Britishness

IOM UK partnered with renowned artist Salma Zulfiqar and Birmingham-based charity the Amirah Foundation to host a creative art workshop on empowering migrant women, as part of the Birmingham Weekend Festival, the city’s largest annual community arts festival. The event recognised that female migrants in the UK face specific challenges and vulnerabilities, and attempts to promote integration of female migrants into British society

Celebrating International Day of Peace through peaceful community integration

The theme of 2017 International Day of Peace is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” This particular theme aims to promote respect, safety and dignity for refugees and migrants. This theme complements a broader UN campaign, “TOGETHER”, a global initiative that seeks to strengthen social cohesion between host countries and communities, and refugees and migrants.

ILO, Walk Free and IOM release the new Global Estimates on Modern Slavery

New research developed jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with IOM, has revealed the true scale of modern slavery around the world. The data, released during the United Nations General Assembly, shows that more than 40 million people around the world were victims of modern slavery in 2016.

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