18 December is International Migrants Day. Approximately 281 million people were international migrants in 2020 representing 3.6% of the global population. Migrants contribute to society with their knowledge, networks and skills — building stronger, more resilient communities says the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

The Institute wanted to highlight four SIT Alumni who support the integration of migrants and refugees into society:

    • HERA is a mobile application that aims to increase access to preventative health services for refugee women and children in Turkey.
    • Konexio is a non-profit organisation that fosters the socioeconomic inclusion of vulnerable populations (including migrants and refugees), with digital skills training.
    • MTOP connects companies and high-skilled refugees on the Austrian labour market, providing workshops, training and mentoring to participants, and executive training on leveraging diversity and overcoming prejudice to their clients.
    • SPEAK brings together newcomers and locals living in the same city through community-led language groups and cultural exchange events, contributing to inclusive cities where everyone feels at home and where diversity is championed.

Created in 1951 to assist the vast number of Europeans displaced by the Second World War, IOM has assisted millions of migrants and continues to lead the way in promoting a humane and orderly management of migration for the benefit of all, including the communities of origin, transit and destination. With 174 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM continues to provide services and advice to governments and migrants.