The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is an inter-governmental organisation committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits both migrants and society. As the leading global organisation for migration, IOM works with migrants, governments and its partners in the international community to provide humane responses to the growing migration challenges of today.
By promoting international cooperation and dialogue on migration issues, IOM assists in the search for practical solutions to key issues facing migrants and societies alike. The IOM Constitution recognises the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.
The IOM office in the United Kingdom (UK) is one of over 150 country offices. IOM’s presence in the UK began in 1992 as a liaison office which became operational in 1999 with the launch of the country’s first assisted voluntary return programme. Today, IOM UK focuses its activities in five broad programme areas. These are:
- Migration and Development
- Refugee Resettlement and Family Reunification
- Return and Reintegration
- Travel Assistance
For an overview of IOM UK's work in 2014, please click here for the Annual Reflections 2014.
About the IOM UK Chief of Mission
Dipti Pardeshi is originally from Mumbai, India. She holds an Engineering degree in Information Technology from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology, India which she obtained in 1989. Before starting at IOM in 2002, she worked for Mahindra British Telecom in London and several consulting companies in India. The varied projects she worked on included designing a broker system for the Bombay Stock Exchange to the World Bank-funded ‘Maharashtra Emergency Earthquake Rehabilitation Programme’, which had a target beneficiary group of 1.8 million households that were affected by the deadly earthquake at Latur, India in 1993.
In August 2002, she joined IOM as a Systems Analyst and subsequently became Project Coordinator to implement a global migrant case management system in all IOM offices worldwide. Since then she has undertaken a variety of innovative information management initiatives and in 2012, she was appointed Chief Information Officer and Director of IOM’s Information Technology and Communications Division in the Organization’s Headquarters in Geneva. As Director, she has been a champion of important changes in IOM’s information management systems to enable the Organization to optimally use technology for streamlining processes and meeting its data and reporting needs.
In June 2015, she was selected as the new IOM UK Chief of Mission.
She is married with two children.