IOM has been active in Malawi since when it set up office in 2014 following the admission of Malawi as an IOM Member State at the IOM Member States Council in November 2013. Since then, it has contributed to the Government of Malawi's (GoM) efforts to manage migration through a wide variety of projects and programmes. IOM's inaugural project was to assist the government of Malawi to develop the first ever Migration profile for Malawi in 2014. In February 2018, IOM signed the Cooperation Agreement with the Government of Malawi that formalized its presence in the country through recognition as one of the Resident UN Agencies.
In Malawi, the mission has a wide range of activities, including but not limited to Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR), refugee resettlement, migration and health, combating Trafficking in Persons (TiP) and human smuggling, immigration and border management, safe migration, travel services for migrants, migration and development, emergency assistance and capacity-building on all relevant migration issues. The IOM country office is located in the Capital Lilongwe. IOM has always and continues to work within the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) whose strategic areas derive from the National Development Plan (NDP) dubbed the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy Ill, a government framework for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Facts and figures: August 2014