Migration Protection and Assistance

“IOM’s Migrant Protection and Assistance Division (MPA) provides protection and assistance to migrants in need”, including trafficked persons, smuggled migrants with protection needs, (rejected) asylum seekers, migrants in irregular situations, stranded migrants, unaccompanied and separated migrant children, and migrants subjected to violence, exploitation or abuse.

Together with its partners MPA has:

  • Helped more than 1.7 million migrants return voluntarily to their countries since 1979.
  • Helped thousands of returning migrants to reintegrate within their communities.
  • Assisted over 100,000 persons trafficked for forced labour or begging, sexual exploitation, organ removal and other purposes since the mid-1990s.

IOM is committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular Targets 10.7, 5.2, 8.7 and 16.2, which call for facilitating the orderly, safe, and responsible migration and mobility of people, and for the eradication of trafficking in persons, forced labour, child labour, and modern slavery, as well as Goal 17.