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WHO WE AREThe International Organization for Migration (IOM) is part of the United Nations System as the leading inter-governmental organization promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. IOM has had a presence in the United Kingdom since 1995.
Our WorkAs the leading inter-governmental organization promoting humane and orderly migration, IOM plays a key role to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through different areas of intervention that connect both humanitarian assistance and sustainable development. In the UK, IOM supports migrants through a variety of resettlement, support and protection activities.
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Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life.
People move for many reasons; to follow a dream, to study, to be with loved ones, in search of a better life, or to seek safety.
For this International Migrants Day, we focus on unlocking the power of migration as one of the solutions to global challenges, such as adapting to the impacts of climate change or providing better economic opportunities for communities. We highlight how our collective actions today, will prepare us for tomorrow.
The power of one person to make a difference cannot be underestimated. Individuals can be agents of change for their communities and societies and can help create opportunities for progress.
This day is also a reminder that human rights are not ‘earned’ by virtue of being a hero or a victim, but are an entitlement of everyone, regardless of origin, age, gender and status.
International Migrants Day is an opportunity to promote an informed and balanced conversation on migration and to share the stories, experiences, aspirations of migrants in their communities.
Every one of us can play a part.
The theme for this year’s International Migrants Day in the UK is “I Am A Migrant”, and there is no better way to mark the day than by foregrounding voices of lived experience. For the third year, IMIX and IOM UK teamed up to run the International Migrants Day Ambassador Programme that each provides media training to a group of migrants, to empower them to share their stories with media and advocate for their rights.
MEET THE INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY 2023 AMBASSADORS
The Global Compact for Migration
At the global level, states have committed to protecting human rights of all individuals irrespective of their migrant status and to promoting safe and dignified migration as a source of prosperity, innovation and sustainable development.
These commitments are contained in the Global compact for safe, orderly, and regular migration (GCM). The Global Compact for Migration is the first inter-governmental agreement to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner.