Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) – the UN Migration Agency, is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefits of all and does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.
The International Organization for Migration has been operationally present in Albania since 1992, while Albania became an IOM member state in 1993. Since then, IOM has become one of the main international partners of the Government of Albania (GoA), supporting its continuous progress and efforts in migration governance in line with Albania’s priorities of European Union integration. IOM is a member of the UN Country Team (UNCT) in Albania since 2007. IOM actively contributes to the implementation of the GoA-UN Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development 2017-2021, a framework that guides the work of the GoA and the UNCT and their partnerships and aligns the support, funds and programmes of 19 UN agencies including IOM, to Albania’s development priorities. On 19 September 2016 IOM joined the UN during the summit for Refugees and Migrants, as the “UN migration agency”.
With 174 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.
IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.
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 works in the four broad areas of migration management:
- Migration and development
- Facilitating migration
- Regulating migration
- Forced migration.
IOM activities that cut across these areas include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants' rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.