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  • LGBTI, LGBTI migrants, human rights

    What makes IOM an LGBTI-friendly organization?

    In many countries, LGBTI people do not receive the support they need. Often, they must hide their sexual orientation and gender identity. Or worse, they experience violence and threats from the surrounding community. LGBTI migrants who are in transit or host countries may also face prejudices or discrimination.


  • Many Finland-bound quota refugees trained in Turkey in July

    A large part of the quota refugees bound for Finland in 2018 got their pre-departure orientation in Turkey in July.

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  • Ihmiskauppa, Ihmiskaupan vastainen työ, Countertrafficking

    Inspiring lecture on health care for victims of human trafficking

    On Thursday morning an enthusiastic audience of health and social workers, and representatives from organizations and institutions had a chance to listen to American expert on human trafficking, MD, MPH Hanni Stoklosa lecture. The workshop was held at THL, the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki.

  • Countertrafficking, Hanni Stoklosa, Ihmiskauppa

    Workshop on human trafficking with leading expert 21 and 23 August

    On August 23 the Embassy of the United States of America and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are organizing a workshop with leading US expert Ms. Hanni Stoklosa.

  • Almost a third of returnees are families

    During the first seven years of the month IOM Finland has assisted almost 500 persons with voluntary return and reintegration to their countries of departure. Almost one third of these have been travling as families or couples.
  • SuomiAreena, paperittomuus, Ihmiskaupan uhri

    Fruitful discussion on the invisibles of our society

    SuomiAreenassa keskustelumme teemana oli Näkymättömät - yhteiskunnan haavoittuvaisetOn Wednesday July 18 we organized a discussion on the people who often are not seen in our society: the undocumented migrants and the victims of human trafficking. Top level Finnish politicians and a representative of the Police Board discussed different aspects of how these people are treated and what the government does now and could do in the future.

    (Also Finnish version)

What makes IOM an LGBTI-friendly organization?


In many countries, LGBTI people do not receive the support they need. Often, they must hide their sexual orientation and gender identity. Or worse, they experience violence and threats from the surrounding community. LGBTI migrants who are in transit or host countries may also face prejudices or discrimination.

Remember the person, not just the case of human trafficking


Human trafficking is a phenomenon that has been going on for ages. In today’s world, the chains used by the traffickers are invisible making the crime even harder to combat. Health care professionals have a role to play in fighting the vice. This is what they need to know.

Private Sector Partnerships – MIDA FINNSOM works with telemedicine and Baby Aid Kits


Private sector companies and service providers have always been used in the development aid projects. However in the recent decade more and more tools and support mechanisms are being developed to raise the level and intensity of private sector engagement both in the traditional development aid projects as well as in growing economies in developing countries.

Siirtolaiset erityisen haavoittuvaisia hyväksikäytölle


IOM:n Suomen-toimisto on mukana Porin SuomiAreenassa tänä vuonna teemalla Näkymättömät. Keskustelun aiheena on erityisesti haavoittuvassa asemassa olevat, kuten esimerkiksi ihmiskaupan uhrit ja paperittomat. Keskustelua mukana järjestämässä ovat Ihmiskaupan uhrien auttamisjärjestelmä ja Suomen Pakolaisapu. IOM julkaisi viime vuonna tutkimuksen, jossa avataan hieman tarkemmin, miten juuri siirtolaiset ovat erityisen haavoittuvassa asemassa. Seuraavaksi olisi siis tarkoitus hieman avata, mitä tarkoitetaan haavoittuvassa asemassa olevilla ihmisillä ja millainen yhteys sillä on IOM:n työhön siirtolaisten puolesta.

The resettlement process –selection of refugees and their travel


Quota refugees. A familiar phrase – but how do people become quota refugees and how do they get to Finland? IOM handles a lot of the logistical steps along the way from the refugee camp to the airport in Vantaa making sure they have a safe journey. Resettlement activities under IOM started many years ago in 1951, but in the Nordic countries IOM Finland started handling the resettlement in 2006 for Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Before that these activities were handled by IOM Geneva. Finland started taking refugees already in the year 1970.

History Blog 4: The focus turns to Finland


Hans Petter Bøe, who became Regional Representative in 2009, says that quite a lot changed when an organization-wide restructuring of IOM took place in 2011. This meant that IOM Finland became a Country Mission with Resource Mobilization Functions, and was now part of a larger region, that covers the European Economic Area. That the change led to a greater emphasis on operations in Finland. One of the projects that grew in importance was the Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR). This was done with a comprehensive approach and with funding from the EU.

Askel askeleelta kohti syvempää ymmärrystä suomalaisesta yhteiskunnasta


Pakolaisuus on yksi elämänvaihe, jonka kesto ja siihen liittyvät kokemukset vaihtelevat henkilöstä riippuen. Ennen pakolaisuutta ja sen aikana vietetty elämä, kertyneet kokemukset ja tieto vaikuttavat siihen, millaisin valmiuksia esimerkiksi kiintiöpakolaisilla on muuttoon uuteen kotimaahan. Oppiminen ja ymmärryksen lisääntyminen rakentuu aina aiemman elämänkokemuksen ja omaksutun tiedon pohjalta. Tämä lähtöoletus ohjaa sitä, mitä koulutusmenetelmiä käytetään Suomeen tuleville kiintiöpakolaisille suunnatussa kulttuuriorientaatiossa. Orientaatio on Maahanmuuttoviraston eli Migrin hallinnoiman ja IOM:n ja ammattikorkeakoulu Diakin toteuttama.

History Blog 3: A time of expansion

English beginning of the new millennium was a time when the Baltic states were finalizing their accession to the European Union. In Finland, the number of asylum seekers started growing. Also, it was a time when new offices were opened: in 2002 in Norway, in 2004 in Estonia and in 2009 in Denmark.

Reintegration support – a chance for migrants to start a new life


Return migration is not only flying back home. A flight of a few hours might change the physical location of the returnee but adjusting mentally to being back takes much more time. Reintegration should not be counted in hours but in weeks and months. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to successful reintegration, comprehensive support helps restarting the life back home.

History Blog 2: Focus on the Baltics


The focus of IOM Finland’s operational work in the first years was on the Baltic states. At the same time, it was important to build up a strong Nordic presence. The first Regional Representative in Helsinki was Øystein Opdahl. He was followed by José-Angel Oropeza in 1997, who remained in charge until 2002.