We are involved in different initiatives and campaigns throughout the years, to spread the migration-related stories all around the UK and beyond. We organize various thematic events and activities during the year as part of our Community Engagement focus, to reach, engage and connect with different audiences, including the general public. Please see information below on the various events IOM host and partake in throughout the year.-

There are many ways you can support our work and assist us in our mission to raise awareness on migration issues. By getting involved in our campaigns, attending our events, joining our Facebook and Twitter discussions, you’ll provide a valuable contribution to the migration dialogue we aim to raise.

International Women’s Day

8th March

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On International Women's Day, we are proud to support migrant women around the world.

In 2017 IOM hosted a screening of Queens of Syria, and a Q&A session with producer Georgie Paget and three members of the cast.

Queens of Syria tells the story of fifty women from Syria, forced into exile in Jordan, who joined together in 2013 to create and perform their own version of the Trojan Women, the timeless Ancient Greek tragedy all about the plight of women in war.

The film was followed by an informal reception catered for by the Chickpea Sisters , a group of refugee and migrant women from South West London who meet every week to chat, eat, and share recipes from around the world.

The event celebrated the bravery, creativity and resilience of migrant and refugee women, whose own storytelling was so inspirational for all who attended.

International Day of Family Remittances

16th June

June 16th marks the annual International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR), which recognises the financial contributions made by 250 million migrant workers to sustainable international development.

In 2016, to mark the day, we convened influential speakers who discussed the potential of multi-stakeholder approaches – across sectors such as migration, banking, money transfer and development – in facilitating reliable and low-cost remittances, ensuring policy coherence and maximizing the development outcomes of remittances.

IOM calls on governments, the financial sector, and money transfer operators to commit to a cross-sector approach to facilitate cheaper, transparent and more accessible remittances worldwide which leverage their full potential for development.

Refugee Week

18th - 24th June

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Working in partnership is a core value for IOM, and this year we partnered with the interfaith organisation 3FF and its intercultural choir the Mixed Up Chorus, with support from the Arts Council England and several major migration and music organisations including: the Migration Museum Project, Voluntary Action Camden, Camden Music Services, the Royal Opera House and ourselves, in hosting an exciting concert to mark the end of Refugee Week 2017.

The concert was be the World premieres of two song cycles commissioned by two community choirs telling the stories of migrants and refugees at Milton Court, Barbican.

Singing Our Lives’, written by composer Mike Roberts and librettist Sarah Grange in close collaboration with several community groups, musically interprets the real-life stories and experiences of refugees and migrants in the UK today.

Anti-Slavery Day

18th October

In October 2017, we brought together speakers from IOM, UNICEF UK and the Rt Hon Fiona Mactaggart (former co-chair of the APPG on Human Trafficking) for a panel discussion. The event drew on the findings of the IOM and UNICEF joint report ‘Harrowing Journeys’, which highlights the high levels of abuse, trafficking and exploitation faced by children and youth on the move via the Mediterranean Sea routes to Europe.

To mark the UK’s Anti-Slavery Day 2016, alarming reports of human trafficking and exploitation along the Eastern and Central Mediterranean migrant routes were the object of further analysis by the British Red Cross (BRC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in a joint evening seminar.

IOM and BRC provided the wider counter-trafficking and modern slavery community with up-to-date and relevant information on trafficking concerns in Europe. International guest speaker, Simona Moscarelli from IOM Italy, gave a first-hand account of efforts to identify and assist victims of trafficking in southern Europe, particularly along Italy’s maritime border.

International Migrants Day

18th December

In 2016, the event to mark International Migrants Day showcased a Civil Society Forum on the topic of "The Evolving Dynamics of the Refugee and Migrant Response", and as part of the Ethics and Politics of the Refugee Crisis project, in partnership with the Open University, the University of Oxford's Centre for Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), the Migration Museum Project and actREAL.

In 2015, we hosted a symposium on Migration and the Sustainable Development Goals with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), to discuss the nexus between migration and development.

The event was the opportunity to highlight the inclusion of migration into the Sustainable Development Goals, in recognition of the role that human mobility plays in reducing poverty and inequality within and across countries, as one of the key innovations of the 2030 international development agenda.


Portraits of Welcome

We launched the Portraits of Welcome project during the Refugee Week 2016, when members of the public were invited to provide a personal message of welcome for refugees and have their photograph taken by artist Marcia Chandra.

The portraits and messages captured during three events were translated into Arabic and have been used during the cultural orientation sessions held in the MENA region for Syrian refugees during the pre-departure preparation before their resettlement in the UK.

We are now planning to continue the project in other regions in the UK, giving the opportunity to members of the public in other cities to express their positive views on the resettlement of refugees and welcome them to their communities.

Portraits of Welcome

IOM UK launched during the Refugee Week 2016 the project Portraits of Welcome, when members of the public were invited to provide a personal message of welcome for refugees and have their photograph taken by artist Marcia Chandra.

The portraits and messages captured during two events were translated into Arabic and have been used during the cultural orientation sessions held in the MENA region for Syrian refugees during the pre-departure preparation before their resettlement in the UK.

We are now planning to continue the project in other regions in the UK, giving the opportunity to members of the public in other cities to express their positive views on the resettlement of refugees and welcome them to their communities.

Building Tomorrow Together

Inspired by the Refugee Week’s theme for 2017 “Our Shared Future”, IOM UK, Counterpoints Arts and Lifeworlds Learning partnered to launch the project “Building tomorrow together”.

The aim of this project is to initiate a dialogue between children waiting to be resettled and those of similar age at schools in the UK.

During art workshops supervised by IOM Cultural Orientation facilitators in Lebanon and primary school teachers in the UK, the children are able to reflect on who they are as a person, celebrate diversity and think what a positive shared future would feel like.

The result is a tree installation which will continue to grow as children add their thoughts – symbolised by leaves, roots and drawings – to it.

Global Campaigns

i am a migrant is a campaign and platform. We create a place for the personal stories of migrants. We want to challenge the anti-migrant stereotypes and hate speech in politics and society.

i am a migrant lets migrants tell their own stories – on this website, in social media and many other places worldwide. Together we want to show: migration has a human face, migration is diverse.

TOGETHER is a United Nations campaign that promotes respect, safety and dignity for refugees and migrants. Launched in September 2016, its aim is to counter the rise in xenophobia and discrimination.

TOGETHER represents a growing coalition of Member States, private sector, civil society representatives and individuals committed to change negative narratives on migration and to strengthen the social cohesion between host communities and refugees and migrants.