The programme for the UN Village at this years World Village Festival has now been released. Come and listen to MIni Talks by different experts and hear about how the Sustainable Development Goals are being advanced in different organizations.
IOM Finland and the Icelandic authorities have agreed to continue their cooperation on migrant returns. IOM Finland will continue to provide Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) services to eligible migrants who wish to return home from Iceland at least until January of 2020.
In April 2018 a total of 49 persons returned with the assistance of IOM Finland. It is a lower number compared to the year before. Overall this year 339 migrants have returned to their countries of origin through IOM's Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration -programme. Among the returned four have been victims of trafficking, two more cases in April.
From the beginning of the year 290 persons have returned to their countries of origin through IOM's Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration -programme. The majority, 231 persons, have returned to Iraq, but there have been returns to a total of 18 countries.
Tuberculosis, or TB, continues to be the leading cause of death from a single infectious agent worldwide, according to the Global TB Report 2017. Every day, there are 28,000 new TB cases and 4,500 related deaths.
On 24 March, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and other partners will honor the many ‘Leaders for a TB-free world’ for World Tuberculosis Day.
To increase the reach and acceptance of IOM’s voice, we have been turning to our expert, globally-scattered professional staff to include social media as a key communication tool, especially Twitter. To this end, we have created a new global Twitter Dashboard on IOM’s global website, aimed at leveraging the credibility and insights of our staff and missions
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.
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.