Switzerland - We live in a world in constant motion, writes IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. This is defined by the mobility of capital, goods and services but above all the mobility of people. Millions of people are moving, within and across borders, in search of something better.
On International Day of the Migrant (18 December), Director General William Lacy Swing of the International Organization for Migration released the following essay:
A report arriving on my desk twice weekly tells a tragic story. It details the number of migrants who have died. They die when the vessels smugglers cram them into sink, they die of exhaustion crossing deserts, or much worse they die when those holding them captive - in places like Libya - take everything they and their families can give only to murder and bury the migrants in mass graves.
Migration: A Measure of Humanity’s Dignity
IOM rose from the ashes of World War Two 65 years ago. In the battle-scarred continent of Europe, no government alone could help survivors who wanted no more than an opportunity to resume their lives in freedom and with dignity. The first incarnation of IOM was created to resettle refugees during this post-war period.
The European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) conducted a research on human trafficking in the Baltic Sea as part of a IOM Helsinki’s counter-trafficking project. The research was co-funded by the Nordic council of Ministers.
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With the power of Shorthand, IOM staff recount the first-hand experiences of Afghan immigrants on the arid border crossing between Afghanistan and Iran. In a powerful collection of words and pictures, IOM staff tell stories of the long road from Herat to Tehran, and the places in between.
At the United Nations Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants which took place on Monday September 19th, 2016 in New York, IOM Director General William Lacy and UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon signed a document linking IOM to the UN as one of its related organizations. This event signalled the culmination of a process that began in earnest in June 2016 when IOM Member States unanimously endorsed the process to join the UN.
IOM Helsinki hosted a Turkmen delegation interested in the Finnish counter-trafficking work on 6.-11. June 2016. The visit, which was organised in cooperation with the IOM office in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, focused on providing the delegates with tools and means to carry out and execute the Turkmen National Action Plan against Human Trafficking which was adopted in March 2016. The delegation consisted of senior officers from different Turkmen ministries and the Turkmen parliament, The Mejlis.
i am a migrant is a global IOM campaign and platform to create a place for the personal stories of migrants. We want to challenge the anti migrant stereotypes and hate speech in politics and society.
The final seminar for MIDA FINNSOM Health project phase III was held this week in Somaliland and Puntland.
The participants in Puntland on 26th May included Dr Abdirisaq Hersi, Director General from Puntland Ministry of Health, Mr. Aaro Ylitalo from Embassy of Finland in Nairobi and representatives from the IOM offices.
Summer starts in Helsinki with annual World Village festival, a meeting place offering tastes of different cultures and surprises from all over the world.
The festival offers new perspectives on tolerant multiculturalism, development cooperation, global issues and expanding one's possibilities for affecting everyday life. In addition, the program includes panel discussions, music, circus, dance, theatre, art and activities.