UN agencies welcome first 24 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children from Greece

Unaccompanied migrant children at Athens International Airport before relocation to Portugal. IOM/Christine NikolaidouHelsinki 8.7.2020

IOM, the International Organization for Migration, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund today welcomed the relocation of 24 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children from Greece.

The children arrived safely in Finland this afternoon after having lived for several months in overcrowded reception and identification centers on the islands of Lesvos, Samos and Chios. The children arrived in good health. They have been received by the Finnish Immigration Service, MIGRI, and are all seeking international protection, which will now be processed individually.

LGBTQI rights are human rights: discussing sensitive topics can be a challenge in refugee orientation trainings

Migrant trainer Dima Salih works around the world providing cultural orientation for refugees moving to Finland and Iceland. For her, as a Middle Eastern woman, the rights of sexual and gender minorities were initially a difficult topic to discuss. Now she champions them proudly.  

She writes in the blog about her thoughts regarding promoting LGBTQI rights in the pre-departure orientation trainings for refugees. 



Award to Finnish film at IOM's Plural+ -competition

A film by Finnish duo Saara Miira Kokkonen and Heta Laiho will be given an award at the Plural+ -film competition, which is organized by IOM and UNAOC (United Nations Alliance of Civilizations). The ceremony will be held in New York on Friday evening November 10th.

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