Since its first presence in Ethiopia in 1995, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been contributing to the efforts of the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) to effectively manage migration through a wide variety of projects and programmes. Today, IOM’s presence in Ethiopia includes its Country Office in Addis Ababa, fourteen Field/Sub-Offices across the country covering all Regional States, five Migration Response Centres (MRCs) along key migratory routes, three migration health assessment clinics (MHACs), and three transit centres for returning migrants and departing refugees. IOM’s programmatic interventions in Ethiopia are divided in four broad areas:

  • Migration Governance,
  • Migration Health,
  • Migration Movements and
  • Emergency and Post-Crisis.

In 2005, IOM took a bold step to designate the mission in Ethiopia as Special Liaison Mission (IOM/SLM) with liaison functions to the African Union (AU), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). Today, IOM Ethiopia’s liaison functions intersect with all other programme areas in the Mission and liaises with African and international bodies, including the AU and UNECA, to support continent-wide migration governance and policy initiatives.


IOM in Ethiopia works with the Government of Ethiopia, African Union (AU), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and other stakeholders to uphold the rights and needs of migrants, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and host communities to promote the benefits and address the challenges of migration for the benefit of all. IOM’s programming is based on needs and in consultation with people who are supported by our projects.