The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands launched the Cooperation on Migration and Partnerships to Achieve Sustainable Solutions initiative (COMPASS) at the beginning of 2021. COMPASS is a global initiative, in partnership with 14 countries, designed to enhance access to protection-sensitive pathways and empowerment for migrants of all gender and diversity groups, thereby enabling them to contribute to sustainable development outcomes in their communities. 

The initiative is centred on a whole-of-society approach which, in addition to assisting individuals, will work across all levels – households, communities, and the wider communities. In addition to global activities, COMPASS specifically focuses on the following partner countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan and Tunisia.



Migrants and their families are protected, assisted, and empowered to pursue sustainable resolution of vulnerabilities and reintegration.
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Communities of origin and return play an active role in preventing unsafe and irregular migration as well as sustainable reintegration.
outcome 3
Governments and partners are equipped to enhance migrant protection, combat trafficking and smuggling while promoting safe migration and sustainable reintegration.
outcome 4
More information sharing, learning and coordination between and amongst governments, IOM and development partners.


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Barbara Salewski-Ratering
Communications Focal Point at IOM Netherlands


Davina Gounden
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Besides working across multiple areas of migration management, COMPASS is centered on a whole-of-society approach that, in addition to assisting individuals, will work across households, communities, and the wider society.

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