Facts and Figures
Population (2020)
988 thousand
Net Migration Rate (2021):
-0.7 migrants / 1,000 population
Remittances (2021)
USD 65 million
Women as a Percentage of Immigrants (2020)

The IOM office in Djibouti was established in 2009, following a cooperation agreement between IOM and the Government of Djibouti. The agreement effectively added Djibouti to the number of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member states where IOM is operational in the Horn of Africa.

Djibouti has unique migration challenges owing to its location at the crossroads linking Europe, Asia and Africa. It is also a gateway from the Horn of Africa to the Middle East and, although not documented, is increasingly becoming a source and transit country for movements across the Gulf of Aden and beyond. The move to establish a presence in Djibouti therefore will see IOM expand its activities in the Horn of Africa.

Since 2009, Djibouti has become a major point on this migration route and thousands of irregular migrants now use Djibouti as both a country of destination and transit on their journey to the Arabian Peninsula. Recently, Djibouti has witnessed an increasing flow of migrants and asylum seekers from the Horn and Eastern Africa (mainly Somalia and Ethiopia), owing to the critical situation in these countries. The situation has worsened during recent months due to increased food insecurity in Ethiopia, brought on by drought and food shortages in the country, and the breakdown of law and order in Somalia, which is of grave concern to the neighboring countries.

Irregular migration often places people in vulnerable situations and exposes migrants to economic exploitation, abuse, physical and/or gender-based violence, detention with poor humanitarian conditions and the potential for disease transmission including TB and diarrhea, detention, destitution and in extreme cases, even loss of life. The growing influx of migrants is posing a great challenge to the Djiboutian authorities who require additional capacity to cope with the current situation.

As an inter-governmental organization, IOM works with the Government of Djibouti and partners in the international community to: build capacity in migration and border management for senior government officials; conduct border assessment for appropriate policy and operational response; and profiling irregular migrants residing in or transiting through Djibouti as well as strengthening existing task force on migration.

The IOM Regional Office in Nairobi provides operational support to the Djibouti office through technical and logistical programme support in multiple areas, including capacity building of migration-related government institutions, movement of refugees to third countries, Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) of irregular migrants to countries of origin, and awareness building on the risks of irregular migration.

For more information on IOM’s activities in Djibouti, visit the website of IOM’s Regional Office for East and Horn of Africa.

Career Opportunities

Being a member of the IOM team requires the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity. As an international organization with a global mandate, IOM also aims to maintain an equitable geographical balance among its staff. As such, its recruitment efforts target, but are not necessarily limited to, nationals of its Member States. IOM is an equal opportunity employer and seeks committed professionals with a wide variety of skills in the field of migration. IOM staff work in multi-cultural environments, in which diversity and cultural sensitivity are valued.

Position Grade Duty Station Closing Date
Executive Assistant to the Chief of Mission G7 Djibouti 14 August 2023
Senior Administrative Assistant G7 Obock 15 August 2023
Infirmier G5 Djibouti 14 August 2023
Head of Sub-Office NOC Obock 14 August 2023
2 Postes : Infirmier/iere G5 Obock 14 August 2023
Chauffeur G2 Obock 12 August 2023
Senior Migration Health Nurse G6 Obock 14 August 2023
Assistant Protection G4 Obock 14 August 2023
Contact Information

International Organization for Migration (IOM) 
Rue de l’Ambassadeur, Heron. République de Djibouti 
et de la Formation Professionnelle 
B.P. 670 

Tel: +253 21 32 04 50 or +253 21 35 72 80. 
Fax: +253 21 72 89 

Email: oimdjibouti@iom.int
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