Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the filed of migration and works closely with governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental partners.
The IOM’s presence in Ethiopia goes back to 1995 when it initially implemented the Return of Qualified African Nationals (RQAN) project. The objective of this project was to compensate for the shortage of qualified human resource in developing countries like Ethiopia and thereby assist national development.
In 2005, IOM took a bold step to designate the mission in Ethiopia as Special Liaison Mission (IOM/SLM) with liaison functions to the AU, ECA and IGAD.
Since its presence in 1995, IOM has been contributing to the Government of Ethiopia’s efforts to manage migration effectively through a wide variety of projects and programmes. IOM in Ethiopia has also been involved in migrant resettlement (refugees) and the movement of various migrant groups for family reunification and other opportunities to various countries throughout the world. Furthermore, IOM has expanded the focus of its activities to include Counter-Trafficking, Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR), Migration and Development, Labour Migration, and Migration Health.
The Mission in Ethiopia has offices in Addis Ababa and Sub/field-offices in Assosa, Gambella, Jijiga, Moyale, Shire, Dollo Ado and Semera.