At risk UK Nationals in the EU to receive residency support as the UK departs the EU

London – IOM will provide practical support to UK Nationals who may find it harder to complete all their residency applications to secure and maintain their residency rights in EU...

IOM Launches Guidance to Improve Protection and Assistance for Migrants Vulnerable to Violence, Exploitation and Abuse

Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is launching today (20/02) a new suite of publications to support the identification of vulnerabilities associated with...

Family-based Care Supports, Protects Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Europe

London, Brussels – During the height of arrivals of refugees and migrants to Europe in 2015, more than 90,000 unaccompanied migrant children sought asylum on the continent.

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Refugees missing out on jobs in UK, say humanitarian groups

Refugees are underrepresented in the UK workforce and opportunities for them to contribute to growth and better integrate in the country are being missed, humanitarians have warned. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in conjunction with the charity Business in the Community (BITC) and the UK government, have drawn up guidelines on how to help businesses recruit refugees.

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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.   

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Migrant Children


One in every eight migrants worldwide is a child. Children migrate for multiple reasons: to flee persecution, war and violence, to reunite with family members abroad or to seek better economic and educational opportunities. At all stages of the migration process, migrant children are disproportionately vulnerable to violence, abuse, exploitation, trafficking and detention. This vulnerability is moreover intensified for unaccompanied or separated migrant children. We address these children’s needs with strengthened care and specific solutions; and by working with government, civil society, private and voluntary sectors to raise awareness and influence policy and legislation.

Children and youth are at the heart of IOM’s global mandate on migration. Throughout all of IOM’s work, safeguarding and protecting children and gender equality are paramount. IOM’s actions are guided by international law in this field, in particular the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). In the United Kingdom, we advocate to promote child-sensitive migration policies and programming, and recognise that child migration is a key area of focus, cutting across all our eight strategic areas for engagement.


How we support Migrant Children in the UK

Since 1992, IOM UK’s work with children has developed and diversified to incorporate:

Programmes which directly support children and their families. These include the Vulnerable Children Resettlement Scheme (VCRS)the development and delivery of child-focussed pre-departure cultural orientation and migrant children pre-departure and post-arrival health. Our programming also focuses on resettling unaccompanied and separated children from France, Greece and Italy as well as resettlement, integration and community cohesion activities that ensure a child-focussed approach is maintained and due consideration is given to children’s needs when migrating alone, or within family and community contexts.

Capacity Building, which focuses on up-skilling professionals and carers working with migrant children and unaccompanied and separated children. This is achieved through the Fostering Across Borders Projectand through bespoke training development and delivery for children and family services professionals, foster carers, supported lodgings providers and supported housing staff on looking after unaccompanied and separated children. Unaccompanied and Asylum Seeking Children information sessions for local authorities in the UK also equip them with the knowledge needed to best support refugee and asylum-seeking children. Furthermore we are in developing an online Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) platform for professionals involved in the care of unaccompanied and separated migrant children in the West Midlands region of the UK.

Over the past twelve years, IOM UK has also increased its work in the area of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, in recognition of the heightened risks of exploitation for children during their journey and on arrival at their destination. Strengthening Responses to Child Trafficking and Modern Slavery project in the London Borough of Croydon supports foster carers of Vietnamese and Albanian child victims of trafficking and modern slavery.





IOM plays a vital role resettling refugees to the UK by providing predeparture and travel assistance. This includes health assessments, provision of travel documents and visas, pre-departure orientation and operational escorts during their journey.


IOM believes integration works best when migrants and host communities engage in two-way communications about backgrounds, expectations and goals.

Community Cohesion

IOM fosters a shared vision, sense of belonging and value of diversity between migrants and the receiving community by promoting community engagement and cohesion.

Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

We work to reduce the prevalence of, and harm caused by, human trafficking and modern slavery.

Diaspora for Development

We support the contributions of diaspora communities through research and diaspora mappings, awareness raising of remittance costs and patterns and facilitating the sharing of diaspora skills and expertise.

Migrant Assistance

We provide secure, reliable, and cost-effective services to migrants by providing return and reintegration assistance and by offering reliable transit assistance to refugees and migrants.

Migration Policy and Research

We assist in the development of effective migration management policies by conducting and sharing research, supporting increased dialogue between migration stakeholders and providing migration policy advice.

Migrant Children

In the UK, IOM focuses on capacity building, developing partnerships and supporting UK networks by delivering bespoke training to those that care for migrant children.

"Migration is one of the key realities of our time. It cuts across communities, influences priorities, and shapes societies.
To realise the benefits of migration for migrants and host communities alike, our responses must be innovative, collaborative and designed beyond the immediate."


Dipti Pardeshi, Chief of Mission of the IOM UK Office