New skills. New ideas.
New points of view. New progress.
When people move countries, they bring a lot more than a suitcase.
And what they bring can benefit everyone.

The latest news and moving stories

What Migrants Bring

Starting a life in a new place is nothing new.
In fact, migration has been fuelling human progress since
we departed Africa 50,000 years ago, and continues to do so today.

232,000,000 The number of international

"There is a need to look at migration and development in a more holistic way."

IOM Director General William Lacy Swing

$592 bnEstimated remittance flows to migrants home
countries in 2012.

Migration – the world on the move

More than ever, we live in a global world.

We trade with each other. We do business with each other. We make friends and marry. We eat each other’s food and (sometimes) even learn each other’s language.

And this doesn't just make the world a more interesting place. It also brings a spread of economic, social and cultural benefits.

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Let’s change the conversation about migration

This website is part of a global campaign initiated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in autumn 2013.

We’re putting the spotlight not on where migrants come from, but on what they bring, including diverse skills, new points of view, and the determination and courage that led them to leave home in the first place.

But all too often in our media and national conversations, this positive contribution is overlooked

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About IOM

This campaign is an initiative of the International Organization for Migration.

IOM aims to promote humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. Set up to resettle people after World War I, we now provide wide-ranging advice and practical help to governments and civil society worldwide. 

With 151 member states, a further 12 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, we are now the largest intergovernmental organisation working in the field of migration.

Find out more at the main IOM website >>

Moving Stories

Behind the statistics and headlines about migrants
are people who have boldly chosen to step into the unknown and build
a new life. Read some of their stories here and find out what they're
doing in their new country.

Adrienne Clarkson +

Adrienne Clarkson

From refugee to GG in a single lifetime

“When you get on a boat that’s saving you, you don’t pull up the ladder when you reach the deck.”

Dikembe Mutombo +

Dikembe Mutombo

Sports star makes it big – and gives back!

“When life hands you an opportunity, it’s only right to pass some of it on to others.”

Katie Nguyen +

Katie Nguyen

Migrant turned journalist brings a fresh view to news reporting

“I try to use my international background and experience to bring a global view to my journalism.”

Carlos +


A doctor in the South

“We have a child and we must think about his future. By being here, I can achieve that.”

Ebun Jusu +

Ebun Jusu

Top lawyer brings her global experience home

“My primary goal is to acquire global experience and put it to good use in my own country.”

Ian Goldin +

Ian Goldin

Leading economist champions the cause of global migration

“In most countries, people overestimate the costs and underestimate the benefits of international migration.”

Vera +


Globetrotting German goes behind the camera, and around the world

“Settling in one place seems a bit out of date. I don’t live like that.”

Rotimi Adebari +

Rotimi Adebari

Community counts, says African migrant finding success in Northern Europe

“Engage in the community and people will get to know you. That’s what happened to me.”

Gurinder Chadha +

Gurinder Chadha

Film maker brings international perspective to cinema, radio and TV

“From an early age, I formulated a kind of bi-cultural identity. But some people just didn't see that.”

Fatih Akin +

Fatih Akin

Award winning filmmaker brings Turkish roots to German cinema

“Sometimes there is a cultural gap. But you can change things and put something else there instead.”

Pablo +


From Europe to the Americas and (someday) back again

“There is opportunity here to learn real skills, skills that I can use here, in Spain or maybe somewhere else.”

Partners & Friends

Addressing and highlighting the positive contribution of migrants, as well as promoting their rights and potential, is a global challenge. And IOM is just one of many organisations operating in the field. International organizations, NGOs, businesses and other private sector entities, either individually, or in partnership, all make important contributions to this essential cause.

NGOs and civil society

NGOs and civil society

Today over 1,600 global Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) work with IOM to develop an activate a broad range of projects including: research, awareness-raising, advocacy, training and national capacity enhancement, migrant assistance, including health-care provision and other forms of service delivery in humanitarian, early recovery and developments settings.

Our partnerships are fundamental to enabling us to deliver the work we do and provide migrants the best support possible.

» More about IOM and the Global Migration Group

Migrant Networks

Settling in another country takes courage and resources, especially for those who are far from loved ones and unfamiliar with the local language and customs. This section is for people who have moved countries or are considering doing so. It gives details of organisations who can help you get settled and provide advice and support in your region.

News & Events

This section is for selecting news stories and details of events organised by IOM and others. If you have an event you think should be featured here, please email:

To visit the IOM main press room, click here

October - Black History Month

October - Black History Month

The annual Black History Month will be underway in October with the usual packed schedule of meetings, lectures, exhibitions and other events across the UK.

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IOM and the 2013 UN High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development -  3rd - 4th October

IOM and the 2013 UN High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development - 3rd - 4th October

On 3 and 4 October 2013, the UN General Assembly will be holding the second High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (“HLD”) in New York, following the first HLD of 2006.

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International Migrants Day - 18 December

International Migrants Day - 18 December

On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December as International Migrants Day. On 18 December 1990, the General Assembly had adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.

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