IOM at World Village Festival 2017

Finland - This year IOM Finland is teaming up with UN’s Development Programme UNDP for the annual World Village Festival in Helsinki on May 27-28, 2017. We will be at the square beside the Central Railway station, in the Open Finland –tent.

Voluntary returns in April: 141 persons returned from Finland with IOM

Since the beginning of 2017 IOM Finland has assisted 661 persons that have wanted to return voluntarily to their countries of origin.

Documenting the drought in Somalia: Born Into Drought


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.

“Päivässä autoimme yli 500:aa ihmistä”


Pitkäaikainen kuivuus on ajanut Somalian nälänhädän partaalle. Ruokakriisi koskee yli kuutta miljoonaa ihmistä, heistä noin miljoona on lasta. IOM ja muut humanitaariset järjestöt lisäävät nyt apuaan alueella.

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


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.

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