The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is an inter-governmental organisation committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits both migrants and society. As the leading global organisation for migration, IOM works with migrants, governments and its partners in the international community to provide humane responses to the growing migration challenges of today.
By promoting international cooperation and dialogue on migration issues, IOM assists in the search for practical solutions to key issues facing migrants and societies alike. The IOM Constitution recognises the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.
The IOM office in the United Kingdom (UK) is one of over 100 country offices. IOM’s presence in the UK began in 1992 as a liaison office which became operational in 1999 with the launch of the country’s first assisted voluntary return programme. Today, IOM UK focuses its activities in five broad programme areas. These are: