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International Organization for Migration (IOM)

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Established in 1951, IOM is part of the United Nations System and stands as the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration.

With 175 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in 171 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing support to migrants across the world, developing effective responses to the shifting dynamics of migration and providing advice on migration policy and practice.

The organization collaborates with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners to improve the resilience of people on the move, particularly those in situations of vulnerability. It also works closely with governments to manage all forms of mobility, and their impacts. This work includes operations in some of the most complex emergency settings in the world.

The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement. IOM’s work is focused on the following three objectives:

  • Saving lives and protecting people on the move: To fulfill this objective, IOM puts the safety, dignity and protection of people first in the most challenging crisis response contexts in the world.
  • Driving solutions to displacement: In response to this aim, IOM endeavors to reduce the risks and impacts of climate change, environmental degradation, conflict and instability for communities affected by or at risk of displacement.
  • Facilitating pathways for regular migration: To address this pursuit, IOM prioritizes whole-of-government, whole-of-society approaches to safely connect people, goods, services, knowledge and innovation.

IOM and Ukraine

The IOM Mission in Ukraine started working in Kyiv in 1996 when Ukraine received the status of an observer country. In 2001, Ukraine applied for IOM membership, and in 2002, the Ukrainian parliament ratified the Constitution of the Organization.

IOM in Ukraine helps internally displaced persons (IDPs) and people affected by war, combats human trafficking, assists the Government in improving migration and border management systems, as well as develops health policies with due regard for migrants.

Since the beginning of the full-scale war in Ukraine, IOM has reoriented its programs and projects, and reached about six million people with humanitarian support, which includes non-food and hygiene items; water supply, sanitation and hygiene interventions; multi-purpose cash assistance; health care and mental health and psychosocial support; assistance to collective centers; protection and other types of support.

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