International Organization for Migration – IOM
IOM, the UN migration Agency is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with partners to assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management, advance understanding of migration issues, encourage social and economic development through migration and uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.
The IOM Mission in North Macedonia was established in 1999 and with the purpose to assist the country in the implementation of the Stabilization and Association Agreement, with particular emphasis on migration management. Since then, IOM North Macedonia activities have expanded to address a variety of pressing migration related issues, including trafficking in human beings, technical cooperation and institutional capacity building in the field of migration, Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programmes, Economic stabilization programmes etc. IOM’s strategy takes into consideration the EU membership process and the need for progressive alignment with the EU migration acquis as one of the main driving elements of its activities.
IOM’s primary objective in North Macedonia is to act in full partnership with the Government and national and international partners in order to work towards strengthened and harmonized standards in all key migration-related areas.