About Us

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has offices in over 100 countries with over 10,000 staff globally. We are committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

Established in 1951, IOM works with migrants, governments and other partners to provide humane response 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 United Kingdom joined IOM as a Member State in 1961 and our first liaison office was opened in the United Kingdom in 1992 to support refugee resettlement.  IOM works closely with the UK Government- both in Britain and abroad - to protection migrants from violence, exploitation and abuse (including from modern slavery), and to support safer, orderly and regular migration. 

Together, IOM and the UK are working to build a stronger evidence base through data collection, research and analysis and to support local authorities, frontline professionals and others to support migrants, refugees and victims of human trafficking.


As the UN Migration agency, 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

IOM in the United Kingdom

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. Today, we focuse our activities on eight broad programme areas:




Community Cohesion

Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery

Diaspora & Development

Migrant Assistance

Migration Policy & Research

Migrant Children


Find out more about our work in the IOM UK Strategic Plan 2016 -2020 and our IOM-UK Partnership Report here 


Meet Our Chief of Mission: Dipti Pardeshi


Dipti Pardeshi joined the International Organization for Migration Office in the UK (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.

She joined IOM in 2002 and previous to IOM UK, she served as Chief Information Officer in the IOM’s Headquarters in Geneva. She championed important initiatives in IOM’s information management systems contributing towards the Organizations’ effectiveness. Previous to IOM, she has worked on many international projects including a World Bank aided Emergency Earthquake Rehabilitation Programme in India supporting more than 1.8 million beneficiaries. She is an Engineering graduate and also holds an MBA from London Business School. She is                                                        originally from Mumbai, India.

"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