Established in 1951, International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 132 member states, a further 17 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all.

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.

As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to:

  • assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management
  • advance understanding of migration issues
  • encourage social and economic development through migration
  • uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants

The challenge of IOM is to find a humane, orderly, equitable arrangement that:

  • acknowledges national sovereignty on population movements and a State’s expectation that migrants will respect host country culture and laws
  • and simultaneously acknowledges people’s age-old desire to migrate to improve their lives and their expectation that their rights will be respected

Estonia has been IOM observer state since 1998 and IOM Mission in Estonia was opened in 2004. Throughout years, the Office in Estonia has been focusing on Counter-trafficking campaigns, integration initiatives, capacity building and trainings and provided assistance to migrants. Major activity areas of the IOM Mission in Estonia relate in particular to:

  • assisted voluntary return and reintegration
  • cultural orientation for asylum seekers and refugees
  • technical cooperation and capacity building of Estonian officials
  • public awareness raising

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