IOM in Ireland
IOM opened its office in Ireland in 2001, with Ireland becoming a Member State on 5 June 2002. Since then IOM Ireland has become actively engaged in a number of thematic areas which all seek to positively contribute to facilitating and managing migration.
IOM’s programmes in Ireland cover the following:
Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration. This programme is open to asylum seekers, irregular migrants, victims of trafficking and unaccompanied minors from non-EU countries who wish to return home voluntarily but do not have the financial means and/or the necessary documentation, to do so.
Family Reunification Travel Assistance. IOM assists in organizing the travel arrangements for family members of recognized refugees to come to Ireland, once they have been issued the necessary visas.
Counter Trafficking. IOM Ireland coordinates training for government officials and the police force on counter-trafficking issues, in addition to the publication of research materials on the subject.
Resettlement. IOM has provided essential services in support of refugee resettlement operations for over six decades. In the last decade alone, IOM has organized the resettlement movements of more than 890,000 refugees from 186 locations around the world. It works closely with governments, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), non-government organizations and other partners.
More details are available on the IOM Ireland website.
Facts and figures: May 2012