Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.
With 165 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 150 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting 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
- 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.
IOM in Mali
The IOM mission in Mali has been established in 1998. Since then, IOM has worked hand in hand with the Government of Mali in order to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable population and face the migration challenges such us forced migration irregular migration, trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants, among others.
IOM in Mali has significantly increased its operations after the crisis in 2012. The activities are implemented country wide.
Currently, the mission has hundred staff and a main office in Bamako and three sub-offices in: Mopti, Timbuktu and Gao.
Through the implementation of different projects in the country, IOM provides humanitarian assistance to both international migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Key actions in Mali