IOM Helsinki has assisted 520 persons with voluntary return since the beginning of 2017

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.

The majority of those assisted returned to Iraq, followed by Albania, Afhanistan and Ukraine.

99 percent of those returning in 2017 received support for their reintegration. Most of them received cash support, 79 percent of those were granted more than 900 euros. One percent received in-kind-support to the amount of 1500 euros.

We Must 'Unite to End TB'- IOM

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.

IOM Seeks Greater Access to Decent Work for Migrant Women and Girls

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.   

IOM Director General: Migration is a wake-up call for society. Let us prepare, not panic

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.

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.

Research on Human Trafficking on the Baltic Sea

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. 

Read the full report here

IOM Shorthand Stories Tell Migrant's Journeys Firsthand

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. 

Click here to read more

IOM Joins the UN System

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 Turkmen Counter-Trafficking delegation's study trip to Finland

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 - a global IOM campaign

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.

i am a migrant lets migrants tell their own stories – on the campaign website, in social media and many other places worldwide. Together we want to show: Migration is diverse and has a human face.