Countering Human Trafficking in Humanitarian Settings

Human trafficking is a crime and a violation of human rights, with serious consequences for victims and communities. Since 1994, IOM has assisted close to 100,000 men, women, boys and girls, who were trafficked for sexual and labour exploitation, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude, or for organ removal. Agriculture, fishing, domestic work and hospitality, prostitution, pornography, begging, construction and manufacturing are some of the formal and informal sectors in which IOM has identified victims.

Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) – EEA and Switzerland Monthly Report – September 2018

Although IOM’s AVRR programs continue to be the only option for migrants in vulnerable situations who want to return home but lack the means to do so, monthly reports produced by IOM’s Regional Office for the EU, EEA and NATO, show a gradual decrease in the number of migrants who chose to return home through IOM’s AVRR programmes.


An integrated approach to the reintegration of migrants in the context of return

Recent years have seen the rise of larger scale of irregular migratory flows as a result of continually limited regular migration channels, and unaddressed drivers of migration. The numbers of migrants returning to their countries of origin has increased too, as have the diversity of actors involved in migration management and the intricacy of challenges.


Protection and assistance to migrants vulnerable to violence, exploitation and abuse

Over the past 20 years, IOM has provided protection and assistance to thousands of migrants in vulnerable situations, including unaccompanied and separated migrant children, migrants who have suffered from violence, exploitation or abuse, and more than 100,000 victims of human trafficking.


Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration - Supporting Dignified Return and Sustainable Reintegration

Migration is often perceived as a one-way journey, starting from one’s homeland to a new country of destination. The reality can be more complex, however. For some, the need to go back home is felt at a certain point, triggered by the desire to reunite with family, changed conditions in either host countries or countries of origin, or the lack of legal status and work opportunities.