IOM Mission Statement

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration and is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. IOM works with its partners in the international community to assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration, advance understanding of migration issues, encourage social and economic development through migration and uphold the well-being and human rights of migrants. With 165 member states, a further 10 states holding observer status and in over 100 countries.

IOM is recognized as the foremost authority on assisted voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR) with nearly 40 years’ experience in this field. Through a network of field offices in over 400 locations worldwide, IOM has the ability to facilitate AVRR programs for all stakeholders. The organization’s local presence and partnerships are vital to ensure that the best services are offered to migrants. IOM is uniquely positioned to coordinate all stages of the return and reintegration process, be it with its own offices or with partners in countries of destination and origin. IOM’s diversified activities in the field (in the areas of emergency, medical assistance, protection etc.) allow for addressing different needs of returning migrants in a comprehensive manner, for instance through the set-up of referral networks of local partners.

As an intergovernmental organization, IOM is privileged to act in the benefit of the migrants as a trusted interlocutor for countries of origin, transit and destination, reflecting their respective interests in a balanced manner.

With the ERIN Specific Action Program, the IOM Missions in 7 countries of return can help returnees from the above eighteen Partner States to arrive and reintegrate in Afghanistan (IOM Kabul), Guinea (IOM Conakry), Iran (IOM Tehran), Iraq- KRG (IOM Erbil), Nigeria (IOM Abuja and IOM Lagos), Somaliland (IOM Somalia, Hargeisa), and Sri Lanka (IOM Colombo).