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What does new victim data reveal about modern slavery in the UK?

Plan to raise threshold for victim identification may shift focus away from streamlining support for survivors. Read more in the Op-Ed published by our IOM UK counter traffick specialist, Patrick Burland.

IOM UK Snapshot 2020

In 2020, in response to the global Covid-19 crisis, IOM UK adapted its programmes and activities to continue providing support to migrants at heightened risk. We also continued to work during this crisis with frontline organisations and staff equipping them with the tools and information to engage with migrant communities.

MigChoice, Testing the Impact of Interventions on Migration Decision-Making in West Africa

Three online workshops will take place next week as part of an inter-disciplinary research project, 

The Resilience of Migrant Women During the Pandemic

Diverse and inclusive communities can show great compassionstrength & creativity in the face of crises. Join our #IWD2021 event to hear from women who have been committed to responding to the pandemic and supporting those in need. To mark this year's International Women’s Day, join IOM, the UN Migration Agency for an online panel discussion.

Moments in Migration: a Diaspora Photo Competition

Do you remember the moment when you decided that you would migrate? What were your emotions or aspirations? Looking at the present, what makes you want to stay or move again? And how would you express any of these feelings through a photograph?  The International Organization for Migration (IOM) invites diaspora members from the Gambia, Guinea and Senegal diaspora communities to submit entries to our photo competition.
Give us your best shot! 

IOM Donates PPE, Hygiene Kits and Handwashing Stations to Shelters Hosting Returning Migrant Workers in Indonesia

With funding support from the UK government, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) and hygiene kits to a COVID-19 Task Force located in Southwest and West Sumba, Indonesia. The PPE has allowed the Task Force to distribute the supplies and install the handwashing stations to reduce the risk of infection at four shelters available to returning Indonesian migrant workers in vulnerable situations. 

COVID-19 Restrictions Impacting Trafficking Referrals in the UK

London – There have been fewer potential cases of modern slavery identified since the UK began responding to COVID-19, and providing support survivors need has become more challenging, an Anti-Slavery Week panel discussion hosted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) was told. In 2019, 10,627 potential victims of trafficking (VoTs) were identified in the UK and referred for support, a 52 per cent increase over 2018.

The impact of COVID-19 on Modern Slavery in the UK

Only last year, 10,627 potential victims of trafficking were identified in the UK and referred for support. That’s a 52% increase in referrals since 2018, and now many more people are becoming vulnerable to trafficking as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To mark this year’s Anti-Slavery Day, IOM UK will host an online panel discussion to explore the impact of COVID-19 on modern slavery in the UK and how the lessons learned during this time can shape future responses.

IOM supports survivors of trafficking to rebuild their lives in the UK

People who are survivors of trafficking often face challenges trying to rebuild their lives, including finding decent work. To respond to these challenges, IOM UK is finalizing a skills development programme for trafficking survivors.

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"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