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IOM, Overseas Development Institute Host London Symposium on Migration and Sustainable Development Goals

United Kingdom - The inclusion of migration into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in recognition of the role that human mobility plays in reducing poverty and inequality within and across countries is one of the key innovations of the 2030 international development agenda. The topic formed the basis of a symposium hosted by IOM and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) this week at the Royal Society in London.

United Kingdom Welcomes First 1,000 Syrian Refugees

United Kingdom - IOM welcomes the arrival of the first 1,000 Syrian refugees in the United Kingdom.

IOM Joins Forces with UK Partners to Tackle Negative Perceptions of Migrants

United Kingdom - IOM has joined forces with the United Kingdom’s Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), which coordinates the Movement Against Xenophobia (MAX), in its UK-wide “I Am An Immigrant” poster campaign. The campaign aims to humanize the debate on migration and highlights the vital contributions migrants make to society in the run up to the UK General Election in early May.

Slavery Doesn’t Look Good on You: “Fashioned for Freedom” Promotes Ethical Designers Fighting Labor Trafficking

United Kingdom - Yesterday (16/10), in support of European Anti-Slavery Day 2014, IOM UK and its partners called attention to a fundamental rights issue that is being sacrificed at the altar of fashion – freedom.

London Diaspora Dialogue Aims to Build Somalia’s Capacity

United Kingdom - Somalia faces major human resource gaps as it attempts to move forward and achieve the reconstruction and peace-building objectives set out in its Vision 2016 initiative.

IOM Director General Calls for End to Sexual Violence in Conflict at London Summit

United Kingdom - The international community has taken too long to recognize how vulnerable women, girls and children are to gender-based violence in crisis situations, according to IOM Director General William Lacy Swing,

IOM, Catholic Bishops in England and Wales, Work to Counter Human Trafficking

United Kingdom - A counter trafficking manual developed by IOM in collaboration with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Metropolitan Police Service will be presented in Rome on 9th through 10th April 2014 at the Vatican’s Second International Conference on Human Trafficking.

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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