IOM Director General William Lacy Swing travelled to Kyiv on 6-7 October to meet high level Ukrainian officials. His visit marked the 20th anniversary of the IOM Mission in Ukraine – currently the biggest IOM mission in Europe.
The conference, organized by the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs of Ukraine and IOM, and co-sponsored by the Governments of Japan and Norway, brought together about 200 IDPs and community members with state authorities, the international community and civil society, to provide a platform for dialogue.
Displaced psychologist counsels other IDPs. Nadiia is one of over 3,000 IDPs supported by IOM with grants for self-employment or vocational training.
As of end of May 2016, IOM has assisted over 110,000 vulnerable internally displaced persons and conflict-affected people in 21 regions of Ukraine. They were provided with cash assistance, medicine, hygiene items, clothes and shoes, household items, legal counselling and psychological support, as well as livelihood support.
The IOM Mission in Ukraine invites young people aged 16 to 25 to submit short videos that express their thoughts and ideas on migration, diversity and social inclusion in Ukraine for participating in the national youth video festival PLURAL+ UKRAINE.