IOM advocates and works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration and provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need around the world, including refugees and internally displaced people. In the UK we help migrants and refugees to better integrate, and we assist receiving communities to recognize and support the positive contributions that they can make.
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.
We have strengthened our global relationships, while also developing the scope of our work and presence in the UK, expanding to new regions and providing direct assistance to migrants. We have partnered with central and local authorities, academia, civil society and other stakeholders to respond to a dynamic migration picture impacted by, among other things, the UK's departure from the EU.