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IOM UK at Refugee Week Conference 2016

February 18, 2016 - IOM UK is delighted to be part of Refugee Week, a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and encourages a better understanding between communities. This year’s Refugee Week will take place between 20-26 June 2016, marking World Refugee Day on 20th June, with the theme 'Refugees Welcome'.

UK’s Anti-Slavery Commissioner Endorses IOM Training on Modern Slavery

February 15, 2016 - The UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC), Kevin Hyland OBE, has endorsed IOM UK’s CPD accredited Introduction to Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery awareness raising sessions, aimed at equipping frontline practitioners with the knowledge and tools needed to identify and protect victims of trafficking and slavery.

IOM DG to Attend London Pledging Conference for Syria

February 2, 2016 - IOM Director General William Lacy Swing will travel to London on Thursday 4th February for the ‘Supporting Syria and the Region 2016’ pledging conference. The event will be co-hosted by the UN, UK, Germany, Kuwait and Norway and aims to rally international financial support to address humanitarian and development needs inside Syria and the region, bringing together world leaders from around the globe to support those who have been affected by the ongoing Syria crisis.

IOM and British Red Cross Help Reunite 1,000 Refugees with their Families in 2015

December 21, 2015 - IOM UK, working together with the British Red Cross, supports the reunification of refugees in the UK with family members that have become separated, usually as a result of conflict and displacement. This week marked the arrival of 1,000 separated family members to the UK to be reunited with loved ones. The service is a vital lifeline for many individuals who have lost the support network of a family because of their displacement, many of whom have not seen their close relatives for numerous years. 

International Migrants Day 2015: Let your Light Shine

By William Lacy Swing, Director General, IOM - We have seen some dark days in our world this year. In 2015 we have seen acts of sickening violence, the fury of nature, and – perhaps most poignant of all – the corpse of a Syrian baby boy, Aylan Kurdi, face-down on a Mediterranean beach. But while the world is full of darkness, it is not surprising that so many cultures have created festivals of light. Now it should perhaps remind us of the thousands of families fleeing conflict in the Middle East and seeking the light of a safe haven in Europe.

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