IOM in Finland
Finland has been an IOM Member State since 1991. Following an agreement with the Finnish Government, IOM established the Regional Office for the Baltic and Nordic States in Helsinki in 1994. In July 2005, IOM Helsinki extended its regional coverage beyond the Nordic and Baltic States to include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
Following IOM's global restructuring exercise in 2011, the regional offices in Brussels and Vienna took over responsibility for most countries previously covered by IOM Helsinki. Since July 2011, IOM Finland is responsible for implementing a wide range of migration-related activities in Finland, Sweden and Iceland, and in addition supervises the IOM offices in Denmark and Estonia; it also remains a focal point for IOM's resource mobilization in the Nordic region.
IOM Finland has operations in AVRR (Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration), Counter-trafficking, Resettlement, Cultural Orientation and Integration. IOM Finland also administers the MIDA FINNSOM-programme, in which professionals of Somali origin temporarily return to Somalia to build up the capacity of the healthcare and educational systems.
For more information on IOM's activities in the country, visit the IOM Finland website.