IOM Globally

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organisation in the field of migration, committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. As the UN Migration Agency, IOM works with migrants, governments and non-governmental partners to provide humane responses to the growing migration challenges of today.

By promoting international cooperation and dialogue on migration issues, we assist in the search for practical solutions to key issues facing migrants and societies alike. The IOM Constitution recognises the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.

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As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to:

  • Assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management;
  • Advance understanding of migration issues;
  • Encourage social and economic development through migration;
  • Uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.
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Realizing the benefits and full potential of migration requires planned, well-managed, and well-governed approaches to migration and human mobility. To achieve this, IOM has developed the Migration Governance Framework, presenting a version of migration governance to which states can aspire, and for which we can provide support and assistance. The Migration Governance Framework sets out the principles and objectives that guide IOM’s work.-
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IOM in the UK

The IOM Country Office in the United Kingdom (IOM UK) is one of over 150 country offices, promoting international cooperation and dialogue on migration issues. IOM’s office in the UK was established in 1992 as a liaison office, which later became operational in 1999. Today, we focuse our activities on seven broad programme areas. These are:

IOM UK Strategic Plan 2016-2020

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Meet our Chief of Mission: Dipti Pardeshi
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Dipti Pardeshi joined IOM UK as Chief of Mission in June 2015. She has been focusing on enhancing partnerships with government, civil society organisations, academics, think tanks and private sector on the key areas of IOM UK’s work, which are: Resettlement, Integration and Community Cohesion, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Diaspora and Development, Migrant Assistance and Migration Policy and Research.

Previously, she served as Chief Information Officer and Director of the Information Technology and Communications Division in the IOM’s Headquarters in Geneva. As Director, she was a champion of important changes in IOM’s information management systems contributing towards the Organizations’ effectiveness. She joined IOM in 2002 as Project Coordinator. She is an Engineering graduate in Information Management and Technology and is originally from Mumbai, India.