Who we are
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.
- Where we work
- Take Action
- Data and Resources
- 2030 Agenda
IOM prioritizes harnessing the skills and the social and economic contributions of migrants and displaced populations to benefit wider sustainable development outcomes in both countries of destination and countries of origin. It also aims to contribute to a better understanding of the reciprocal effects of migration on development and of sectoral development policies on migration, and to encourage mainstreaming migration considerations into development policy and development considerations into migration policy.
Interlinkages between migration and development are complex and multifaceted. IOM’s Regional Office for MENA LMI unit works with governments and other stakeholders at national and local levels in order to build awareness of these linkages and build the capacity of governments to better harness migration to promote sustainable development. This includes:
- Engaging diaspora communities in socio-economic development;
- Harnessing remittances to support sustainable local development and investment;
- Supporting local community development and youth employment initiatives to reduce negative drivers of irregular and unsafe migration;
- Supporting the integration of displaced populations and their host communities