Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.
With 165 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.
IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.
IOM in Finland:
Finland has been a Member State of IOM since 1991. During the past two decades, IOM Finland has implemented a wide range of projects and activities, including assisted voluntary return and reintegration services, humanitarian evacuation of refugees from Kosovo to the Nordic countries, capacity building and trainings on anti-discrimination legislation, enhancing the capacities of and empowering religious communities and migrant youth.
Currently, IOM Finland implements projects in the following broad categories:
- Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR)
- Pre-Departure Cultural Orientation for Refugees
- Services Provided under the Nordic Resettlement Programme
- Actions Against Trafficking in Human Beings
- Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA)