What We Do

IOM plays a vital role resettling refugees to the UK by providing pre-departure and travel assistance. This includes health assessments, provision of travel documents and visas, pre-departure orientation and operational and/or medical escorts during their journey.

IOM believes integration works best when migrants and host communities engage in two-way communications about backgrounds, expectations and goals. We support policies and strategies that promote the social, economic and cultural
inclusion of migrants within existing legal frameworks in the UK. This includes information sessions for host communities to understand more about the refugees and migrants they welcome.

Community Cohesion
IOM fosters a shared vision, sense of belonging and value of diversity between migrants and the receiving community by promoting community engagement and cohesion. Our awareness-raising activities and information campaigns work to overcome divisive long-held assumptions and myths around migration.

Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
More people than ever before are in slavery-like conditions. IOM actively seeks to combat human trafficking and modern day slavery through training and capacity building of frontline professionals, improving victim support, international collaboration and private sector engagement.

Diaspora and Development
Diaspora communities facilitate trade, investment, cultural development and skills/knowledge transfer between different countries and communities. In the UK, IOM works to link diaspora communities with development through research, remittances and skills transfers.

Migrant Assistance
Although the majority of migrants move without the need for support, some find themselves in need of assistance and protection. IOM provides secure, reliable and cost-effective services to migrants wishing to return home but lacking the means to do so.

Migration Policy and Research
IOM contributes evidence-based research to inform dialogue and policy within the UK. We work to strengthen relationships with partners in the academic sphere to explore innovative migration practices, identify migration trends and gaps, and measure the impact of migration.

Migrant Children
Migration is a global reality that affects children as much as adults. In the UK, IOM focuses on capacity building, developing partnerships and supporting UK networks by delivering bespoke training to those that care for migrant children. This enables professionals and carers alike to better understand their unique needs and potential risks, such as trafficking.

"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