Established in 1951, International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.
With 162 member states, a further 9 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promote humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people. The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.
IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management: Migration and development; Facilitating migration; Regulating migration and; Forced migration. IOM activities that cut across these areas include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants’ rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.
For more information about IOM: http://www.iom.int/
IOM has been present in Kosovo since 1999, joining the efforts of the international community to invest in a durable peace process and assist the population in rebuilding their lives and working for the future. IOM’s activities, consistent with the strategy of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), have gone from short-term reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts, which were an indispensable part of the initial response to the crisis, to supporting longer-term development of Kosovo. This consists of variety of programmes as the return and reintegration process cannot be separated from decisive socio-economic factors such as social services, employment opportunities, civil society development and the rule of law.
Following the Mission Statement of IOM, IOM Mission in Kosovo has through the years contributed its knowledge and expertise on assisting internally and internationally displaced persons, as well as refugees back home and improving the living conditions for the residents of Kosovo.
Today IOM Kosovo is implementing several programmes to the benefit of Kosovars. Besides its core duties as providing migration and return assistance, IOM Kosovo has taken a strong grip on migration push factors by implementing projects intended to create job opportunities, support small and medium enterprises and secure a more pleasant living environment.
For more information about IOM Kosovo: kosovo.iom.int
Chief of Mission: Ms. Tajma Kurt
Address: Gjergj Balsha E-6/B-7, Arbëri III, 10000 Pristina, Kosovo
Telephone: +381 38 249 040 Fax: +381 38 249 039
IOM Mitrovica field office
Shemsi Mehmeti str.nn. 40000 Mitrovica, Kosovo
IOM Prizren field office
Maja e Pikëllimës 23 20000 Prizren, Kosovo
IOM Gjilan field office
Medlin Albright str.32 60000 Gjilan, Kosovo
IOM Peja field office
Mbretëresha Teutë str.95 30000 Pejë, Kosovo