About IOM

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization on migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. As the United Nations Migration Agency, we are dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all.

With 173 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries IOM works to:

  • Help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration.
  • Promote international cooperation on migration issues.
  • Assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems.
  • Provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need including refugees and internally displaced persons.

IOM started its activities in the Netherlands in 1991. Our projects include facilitating voluntary return and reintegration, supporting refugees accepted for resettlement and family reunification, services aimed at integration and labour market participation and temporary return assignments for diaspora experts living in the Netherlands.

Voluntary Return and Reintegration

We assist migrants who wish to return voluntarily to their country of origin and supports their sustainable reintegration. Assistance consists of information and counselling services, procuring travel documents, arranging safe travel, and providing reintegration support. We are in favour of reintegration assistance, based on human dignity and as a major sustainability factor in countries of origin.

Through our network of offices around the world, we can offer individual in-kind reintegration support, such as setting up income-generating activities or financing educational or training programmes. Tailored assistance is provided to specific vulnerable groups, including migrants with health issues, victims of trafficking, unaccompanied minors, families or single parents with underage children, and undocumented migrants.

Migrant Inclusion and Social Cohesion

We assist migrants with their inclusion into new communities. In partnership with Tilburg Municipality we are working to improve the knowledge and capacities of local and regional authorities in the region Hart van Brabant to facilitate the improved integration of third country nationals.

Labour and Skills Mobility

To address European labour market shortages, together with the Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC), we promote existing legal pathways for skilled graduates from Nigeria and Senegal to conduct work placements in Dutch companies.  Through the MATCH project we enable them to contribute to sectors with identified labour shortages, primarily in the ICT, technology and digitalization sectors.

Resettlement and Family Reunification

We facilitate the resettlement and relocation of selected refugees to the Netherlands, in close cooperation with our offices in countries of departure and partner organizations. We also provide assistance to family members entitled to reunite with their family in the Netherlands by arranging the travel and serving as a contact point for the relatives or sponsors in the Netherlands. 

Migration and Development

We aim to strengthen links between migration and development through diaspora engagement in development initiatives and by enhancing cooperation between countries of origin and destination to facilitate labour and skills mobility.

Connecting Diaspora for Development 2 (CD4D2) enables diaspora professionals to use their knowledge and expertise for development in Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria and Somalia. Through physical and online assignments, diaspora experts residing in the Netherlands, other EU member states and the UK, are linked to institutions in their countries of origin.

The Entrepreneurship by Diaspora for Development (ED4D) project encourages the Ghanaian and Ethiopian diaspora in the Netherlands to engage themselves, as entrepreneurs, for the development of the private sector in their countries of origin.