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  • kulttuuriorientaatio, kiintiöpakolaisuus, uudelleensijoittaminen

    Suomeen muuttavat pakolaiset hämmästelivät talvipukeutumista

    Nuorten keskusteluryhmä Diakin sosionomiopiskelijan johdolla. ©IOM 2018”Millaista on ruoka”, ”Eikö Suomessa ole lainkaan käteistä?”, ”Miten löydän töitä?”, ”Pääsevätkö lapset kouluun?”, ”Olen yleisurheilija, voinko jatkaa harrastustani Suomessa?”. Kysymykset lentelivät ilmassa ja hymyilevät, suomenkieliset aamutervehdykset esitettiin jo koulutuksen toisena päivänä, kun Suomeen valitut kongolaiset kiintiöpakolaiset saivat kolmen päivän ajan tietoa suomalaisesta yhteiskunnasta kultuuriorientaatiossa Zimbabwessa.


  • children, EURODAC, coercion

    JOINT STATEMENT: Coercion of children to obtain fingerprints and facial images is never acceptable

    JOINT STATEMENT: Coercion of children to obtain fingerprints and facial images is never acceptable

    We, the undersigned civil society and UN organizations, are concerned by proposals now under consideration as part of the ongoing reform of the Common European Asylum System which would allow the use of coercion to take the fingerprints and facial images of children.

  • Almost 200 returns during the first two months of 2018

    Over the first two months of the year 2018 almost 200 hundred persons chose to return to their countries of origin from Finland through IOM's programme for Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR). Of these, 161 persons returned to Iraq.

  • Migrants, women

    IOM Celebrates Migrant Women and Girls—and values diversity on the move

    Women and girls represent a significant proportion of people on the move worldwide, all of whom carry with them a heart full of hope, a mind filled with ideas, and a diverse range of migration experiences. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, stands with each and every one of them on International Women’s Day 2018 and embraces the official United Nations theme: Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives. We stand together with them and raise our voices with and in support of all migrant women and girls.

  • Integrated Border Management, Labour Migration, Seasonal Migrant Workers

    Opening the Dialogue on Preventing Exploitation of Seasonal Agricultural Workers

    IOM Finland har taken the initiative to bring together parties from the retail sector, labour and employer's unions and the government to discuss the rights of seasonal migrant workers in agriculture. Easy information is needed for employers to know more about for instance human trafficking.

  • Massive Data Gaps Leave Refugee, Migrant and Displaced Children in Danger and Without Access to Basic Services

    Mariem, 8, a refugee from the Syrian Arab Republic, at her family's shelter in Pikpa Village, a refugee camp outside the Mytilini, Lesvos, Greece, on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

    An estimated 28 million children were living in forced displacement in 2016, but the true figure is likely much higher. Gaps in data covering refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced populations are endangering the lives and wellbeing of millions of children on the move, warned five UN and partner agencies today (15/02). In ‘A call to action: Protecting children on the move starts with better data’, IOM, UNICEF, UNHCR, Eurostat and OECD together show how crucial data are to understanding the patterns of global migration and developing policies to support vulnerable groups like children.

IOM 65th Anniversary - A World on the Move


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.

What is the price of a human being? -campaign


Finland - IOM Helsinki has launched a new counter trafficking public information campaign: “What is the price of a human being?”

Human trafficking in Finland includes labour exploitation and sexual abuse. Reported victims have been both Finnish and foreign nationals.

“The campaign aims to educate the citizens, especially youth about human trafficking and to inform people about responsible consumerism to reduce demand. Raising awareness is key to identify victims,” said IOM Helsinki campaign coordinator Tuija von der Pütten.