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WHO WE AREIOM is the leading inter-governmental organization promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all, with presence in over 100 countries. IOM has been active in the Middle East and North Africa from the early 1980s.
Our WorkAs the leading inter-governmental organization promoting since 1951 humane and orderly migration, IOM plays a key role to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through different areas of intervention that connect both humanitarian assistance and sustainable development. Across the Middle East and North Africa region, IOM supports States in realizing their national priorities and in fulfilling their international commitments in the areas of migration, displacement and mobility.
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- 2030 Agenda
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia adopts the approach of development planning in drawing its social and economic policies and programs within the framework of comprehensive five year plans, which included two basic complementary roles: the guiding role, concerned with state institutions and the public sector, and an indicative role, related to the private sector.
In this regard, the 2030 Vision outlines the general trends for all aspects of the country’s socio-economic development for the coming years. The plan also addresses the main challenges expected, along with the policies, programs and resources needed to meet these challenges and achieve development goals and objectives.
In this context, and during 2016, the International Organization for Migration [IOM] appointed, by special agreement, its first staff at the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action to support IOM cooperation with the International Solidarity Organization on humanitarian aspects and capacity-building activities.
Another Memorandum of Understanding was signed, in December 2016, between IOM and the Human Rights Committee in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in the field of capacity building for related institutions in Saudi Arabia (Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense, and Ministry of Justice).
A related workshop was held from the 26th to 27th of November 2018, resulting in the development of a 36-month anti-trafficking project that is expected to be signed soon.
In 2017, IOM submitted a request to open an official office in Saudi Arabia, and the government is currently considering the application. Thus, IOM is currently a non-resident agency and part of the United Nations country team, where most United Nations agencies have the same status.
King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action
IOM Saudi Arabia
UN Building, no. 9, Dipolomatic District
Postal Code: 94623
Riyadh, 11614, Saudi Arabia
- Migration Activities
Anti-trafficking project in progress
IOM proposes the support of the Human Rights Council in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to address anti-terrorism issues with a focus on five areas of intervention: (1) monitoring of anti-trafficking activities in the country; (2) prosecution; (3) protection; (4) prevention; and (5) cooperation and partnership. Thus, when the proposal is signed, the International Organization for Migration will be able to have an active presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This would enable IOM to expand on its other activities as there are good prospects.
Movements of migrants from the Gulf Cooperation Council (2017)
Country of Departure Country of Destination Total Travelers UAE CA, GB, SE, FI, IE 128 Bahrain SE 3 Kuwait CA, GB, SE 80 Oman SE 1 Qatar CA, NO, SE 13 Saudi Arabia CA, GB, GH, IS, NO, SE, 122 347
The table only covers the records for January-June 2018
Country of Departure Country of Destination Total Travelers UAE CA, GB, SE 79 Kuwait CA 9 Saudi Arabia CA, GB, SE, IS 56 144
External relations / finance (2018)
Value Type Country $2,230,000 WASH Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh $1,444,986 2nd in-kind NFI Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh $600,000 CS Greece $46,082,678 YHRP Yemen $1,000,000 CS Lahij, Yemen $2,000,000 AVRR Somalia