Cultural diversity is the driving force of modern life, has a crucial role in development and underpins the wealth of nations. We will celebrate it this week by observing World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
Kansainvälinen siirtolaisuusjärjestö (IOM) toimii Suomessa Maahanmuuttoviraston palvelutarjoajana avustetun vapaaehtoisen paluun ja paluutuen toteutuksessa. IOM:llä ei ole Suomen kanssa sopimusta tahdonvastaisesti käännytettyjen avustamisesta, eikä IOM voi osallistua tahdonvastaisesti käännytettyjen matkajärjestelyihin. Järjestön perusasiakirjan mukaisesti, IOM voi avustaa vain vapaaehtoista paluumuuttoa (http://www.iom.int/constitution).
Since the beginning of 2017 IOM Finland has assisted 661 persons that have wanted to return voluntarily to their countries of origin.
Somalia - In November 2016, rains failed for the third year in a row; forcing Somalia into a devastating drought.
IOM’s photographer Mohammed Muse has visited the hardest hit areas, and documented what the consequences of the drought.
Finland - Since the beginning of January 2017 a total of 520 persons have returned voluntarily to 18 different countries with the help of IOM Helsinki.
In March IOM Helsinki assisted 164 persons to return.
Switzerland - On World TB Day 2017, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) joins the Stop TB Partnership, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other key partners in redoubling efforts to increase public awareness of tuberculosis and its impact on vulnerable populations such as migrants.
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.