IOM in Myanmar

Family on a boatInternational Organization for Migration (IOM) staff working on provision of basic services for internal migrants in Ayeyarwaddy Region. Photo: IOM 2014

Main Mandate

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.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all.

IOM works to help ensure this by working 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, be they refugees, displaced persons or other uprooted people. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. The IOM Constitution gives explicit recognition to the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement of persons.

IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management: migration and development, facilitating migration, regulating migration, and addressing forced migration. Cross-cutting activities include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants’ rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.


Main areas of work in Myanmar

IOM Myanmar employs over 750 staff nationwide across 13 offices which are located in Bogale, Hakha, Hpa‘an, Kalay, Loikaw, Mawlamyine, Mawlamyingyun, Mingaladorn (Yangon), Myawaddy, Myitkyina, Nay Pyi Taw, Sittwe and Yangon. IOM Myanmar’s current programme budget is of USD 35 million (2015).

IOM’s work on Labour Migration and Skills Development aims to ensure that labour migration is orderly and humane and promotes skills development for vulnerable and conflict affected communities.

IOM’s work on Migrant Protection involves Counter-Trafficking (CT), protection of vulnerable migrants and immigration border management (IBM) nationally and also in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan States, and Yangon and Ayeyarwaddy Regions.

IOM’s work on Migration Governance supports via technical backstopping for LIFT’s Migration Programme, improving understanding on migration-development nexus, creating evidence-based knowledge on migration through research and consultations, and provides technical support to development partners on mobility-sensitive programming.

IOM’s work on Migration Health focus on the areas of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health, Policy, Planning and Health System Strengthening and Migration Health Coordination and Cooperation.

IOM’s work on Emergency, Preparedness and Post Crisis are in the areas of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM). IOM supports Union, State and Township governments by increasing their capacity and readiness to manage disasters and reduce the impact of disasters on communities.

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Main Achievements (2015)

  • IOM Myanmar assisted a total of 1,034 trafficked Myanmar fishermen in 2015 alone from exploitative situations in Indonesia. 911 Myanmar nationals were repatriated to their community of origin and IOM is dedicated to support the repatriating of remaining victims throughout 2016.
  • In the flood/landslide response IOM distributed 10,825 shelter kits through local partners in Rakhine and Chin States, Ayeyarwaddy, Sagaing and Magway Regions. IOM distributed 500 family kits, 13,000 blankets, 2,000 tarpaulins and 10,000 mosquito nets to the flood and landslide affected people in Myanmar.
  • IOM has been supporting State and Township Health Departments to implement national strategic plans on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, HIV, TB and Malaria and health system strengthening in 6 States and Regions most-impacted by migration (Mon, Kayin, Kayah, Yangon, Ayerewaddy and Rakhine).
  • From 2014-2015 IOM supported the government to open four  Migrant Resource Center (MRC), as well as provided capacity training for its operation delivered to labour officers from multiple states and regions. Further to this, capacity building training was delivered on basic labour migration management to about 150 labour officers from the Ministry of Labour.