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A Closer Look at Development: The International Organization for Migration

Helping Migrants for More Than 65 years

In the ‘A Closer Look’ series, we highlight organizations which put high value on aid and the development of vulnerable locations globally. In this episode, we’re highlighting The International Organization for Migration (IOM). This compassionate intergovernmental organization has been helping migrants since 1951 to date.

About IOM

Today, one in every seven people is a migrant – be it a refugee, a student, a migrant worker or a professional who moves between international postings. The International Organization for Migration works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners to work towards a humane and orderly migration. By providing services and advice to governments and migrants, IOM works to understand migration issues better and promote international cooperation in the entire process. They assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced persons.

Just like Raptim, IOM was established quickly after World War II, over 65 years ago. No government alone could help survivors in a lot of need. That’s why an organization focusing on the well-being of migrants and survivors was much needed. IOM immediately began to resettle refugees during the post-war period after their establishment. There was no time to lose. IOM quickly grew into the world's leading intergovernmental organization dedicated to the well-being, safety, and engagement of migrants.

As of 2016, IOM consisted of 166 Member States with an extensive global presence. They have expanded to over 400 field locations where they’re helping migrants in need day in day out. 90 percent of IOM staff is deployed in the field. Last year IOM and the UN Member States grasped the opportunity to bring IOM into the UN system officially. This enabled IOM to ensure a much-needed voice for migrants in the international community.

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