IOM has a global network of Country Offices and sub-offices which implement a wide range of projects addressing specific migration needs. These offices keep abreast of and analyse migration issues and emerging trends in the country in order to develop appropriate responses and contribute to regional strategies and planning. On the basis of the regional strategies, they develop a country strategy and a national plan of action in coordination and consultation with their respective Regional Office. They are financed predominantly by the projects implemented in the respective locations.

Country Offices with Resource Mobilization Functions

To ensure effective fundraising and liaison with donors, four Country Offices that coordinate substantial funding for IOM’s activities worldwide have additional responsibilities for resource mobilization. These offices are in:

  • Berlin, Germany
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Washington, DC, United States of America

They support the development of funding policies, establish priorities and procedures, prepare proposals and develop fundraising strategies and mechanisms for national programmes and projects in line with the IOM Strategy and priorities.

Country Offices with Coordinating Functions

Within the large geographical areas covered by each Regional Office there are subregional migratory realities for which certain Country Offices are assigned coordinating functions to deal with such specific migration dynamics. These offices help address specific subregional migration issues and emerging trends and promote increased IOM membership in the subregion. They establish priorities for project development and resource mobilization, and stimulate, direct and support project development in the cluster of offices in the context of subregional strategies, policies and consultative processes. The five Country Offices with Coordinating Functions and their areas of coverage are:

  • Astana, Kazakhstan, for Central Asia
  • Canberra, Australia, for the Pacific
  • Georgetown, Guyana, for the Caribbean
  • Rome, Italy, for the Mediterranean
  • Beijing, China, with coverage to be determined.

A sixth coordinating function to cover South Asia is located in the Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand.

African Capacity Building Centre

Under the general administrative support of the IOM Office in the United Republic of Tanzania and in close coordination on substantive matters with the Department of Migration Management, the African Capacity Building Centre provides Africa-wide technical assistance in matters pertaining to migration and border management. The Centre is hosted by the Tanzania Regional Immigration Training Academy in Moshi and its activities are divided into three pillars: capacity-building in border and migration management; migration research and development; and migration advocacy and partnerships.

Global Migration Data Analysis Centre

The Global Migration Data Analysis Centre is located in Berlin, Germany, and operates with the administrative support of the IOM Office in Berlin and in close coordination with the Department of International Cooperation and Partnerships on substantive matters. The main objectives of the Centre are to foster better analysis, use and presentation of IOM data, establishing IOM as a key source of reliable data on migration through strategic partnerships, and to act as a data hub for decision makers and practitioners seeking the best available statistics. The Centre also contributes to the development of IOM’s global migration governance framework and is responsible for preparing several IOM flagship reports, including the Fatal Journeys series.