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International Migrants Day

International Migrants Day

Too often, when we speak of migrants, we find ourselves having to speak about moments of extreme hardship, caught up in a narrative of crisis. Those who find themselves in detention in Libya, trafficked in the back of trucks, having sought new lives away from failing states, conflict and disaster.

Today is International Migrants Day, a day to remember these individuals and reiterate the need to respect the rights and dignity of all. It is a day set aside by the United Nations to recognize the estimated 272 million migrants that are integral members of all our societies today.

The United Nations in Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Serbia observed the 74th anniversary of the United Nations.

The United Nations in Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Serbia mark the 74th anniversary of the UN

Belgrade, 28 October 2019 – The United Nations in Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Serbia, represented at this event by the First Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, observed the 74th anniversary of the United Nations, reaffirming their commitments to multilateralism and cooperation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Since 1979, more than 1.6 million migrants were assisted in their voluntary return, including these Iraqi returnees. Photo: IOM

Forty Years of IOM Assistance to Returning Migrants

Berlin, 18 October 2019 – Assisting migrants' return home and reintegrating into their communities has been a pivotal aspect of the International Organization for Migration’s work. For 40 years, IOM has been providing return and reintegration assistance to migrants wishing to return home. 

Migrant children have lower learning outcomes when they are not given adequate support.Photo: UNHCR/Socrates Baltagiannis

IOM, UNHCR and UNICEF Urge European States to Boost Education for Refugee and Migrant Children

Brussels/Geneva, 11 September 2019  – Three UN agencies are calling on European States to increase resources and practical support for their school systems to ensure all refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant children can access and stay in quality education.

Andrey Zhukov, a famous Belarusian sound-producer and sound-designer, was used as slave labour to made a recording studio.

Press release on the occasion of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Geneva - The images are unforgettable. Desperate families in sweltering shipping containers and rickety boats. Bodies washed up on shores and beaches following failed voyages. Human beings scarred and broken from years of abuse and exploitation.