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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.

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

 Programmes which directly support children and their families. These include:

Capacity building which focuses on up-skilling professionals and carers working with migrant children, including unaccompanied and separated children. This was achieved through:

  • the Fostering Across Borders Project
  • the development of an e-learning course for professionals involved in the care of unaccompanied and separated migrant children in the West Midlands region of the UK
  • the development and delivery of a training of trainers package for experienced foster carers looking after unaccompanied migrant children in the London Borough of Croydon
  • bespoke training development and delivery on looking after unaccompanied and separated children for children and family services professionals, foster carers, supported lodgings providers and supported housing staff
  • Unaccompanied and asylum seeking children (UASC) information sessions for local authorities in the UK also equip them with the knowledge needed to best support refugee and asylum-seeking children.

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 IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

Resettlement

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.

Integration

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