IOM (International Organization for Migration)

Humane and orderly migration. That is the overall vision of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

IOM works with its partners in the international community to support migrants across the world. It develops effective responses to the shifting dynamics of migration and, as such, is a key source of advice on migration policy and practice.

The organisation works in emergency situations, developing the resilience of all people on the move, and particularly those in situations of vulnerability, as well as building capacity within governments to manage all forms and impacts of mobility.

The year 2021 marks the 70th anniversary of IOM’s birth in 1951 out of the chaos and displacement following the Second World War.

Mandated to help European governments to identify resettlement countries for the estimated 11 million people uprooted by the war, the organisation arranged transport for nearly a million migrants during the 1950s. To this day, resettlement support and direct humanitarian assistance are key activities of IOM.

Since 2018, IOM coordinates the secretariat of the United Nations Network on Migration.

Refugee families arrive to the airport in Beirut, Lebanon before being resettled to third countries. © Angela Wells/ IOM

IOM in UN City
IOM has had an office in Denmark since 2009. Today, 5-10 IOM employees work in UN City. They develop and implement migration projects in Denmark in collaboration with its partners.

IOM Denmark staff work with migration issues pertaining to Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration, resettlement and Counter-Trafficking research.

Furthermore, IOM staff operating out of UN City are able to help their colleagues around the world in liaising with Danish donors.


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