About the organization
About the International Organization for Migration
Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration. As of today, IOM has 166 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 150 countries with more than 400 field locations and over 9000 employees worldwide. The central headquarters are located in Geneva. From September 2016 IOM became an UN related organization.
IOM works to help ensure that migration is managed regarding to both migrant and state interests. IOM recognizes that in order to tackle challenges posed by global migration widespread cooperation of nations and the ability to react quickly and effectively are necessities. The Organization, along with states and partners, are in constant search for practical solutions to migration problems and aims to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people
IOM along with its partners seeks to:
– Provide an effective response to global migration challenges;
– Advance understanding of migration issues.
– Encourage social and economic development through migration.
– Uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.
IOM is actively involved in policy debates on migration and the protection of migrants’ rights all around the world. IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits both migrants and societies worldwide.
More information: www.iom.int
IOM in Lithuania
Lithuania became a full member of IOM in 1998. A Cooperation Agreement between IOM and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania was signed on 13 February 1998 and ratified by the Seimas on October 13, 1998.
In Lithuania IOM implements these main activities:
- Assisted voluntary return and reintegration. IOM Vilnius office provides return assistance to home countries for migrants in difficult situations. More information – http://www.returnhome.lt/en
- Migration research. IOM Vilnius implements topical research and collects, analyses and provides main migration statistics in a user-friendly manner. More information – http://123.emn.lt/en/home
- Prevention of trafficking in human beings. IOM Vilnius office seeks to bring public’s attention to the problem of human trafficking and provides return and reintegration assistance to victims of trafficking. More information – http://prekybazmonemis.lt/ (in Lithuanian).
- Integration and promotion of tolerance. IOM Vilnius works in promoting tolerance by providing training to civil servants aimed at increasing their understanding of different cultures.
- Representation of Lithuania in the European migration network (EMN). In cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, IOM Vilnius office represents Lithuania in the European migration network (EMN) and various working groups. More information – http://emn.lt/ (in Lithuanian).
- Consultations for returning Lithuanian migrants. In January 2015 IOM Vilnius office established the Migration information center. Its main objective is to provide returning migrants or people who are thinking about returning with all the necessary information about return migration to Lithuania and guide them to relevant institutions or organizations.
More information about IOM activities in Lithuania – http://www.iom.lt/en/home.html