International Organisation for Migration (IOM)


IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. As the leading international organisation for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community 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.

IOM continues to play a lead role in the region in following up the principles outlined in the 1999 Bangkok Declaration on Irregular Migration. The agency’s activities during 2000 have concentrated on promoting the reintegration of trafficked peoples and other vulnerable groups into countries of origin and capacity building with police and immigration officials to improve the treatment of women and children and raise awareness on legal procedures. In addition, the IOM assisted over 1,000 migrants to resettle in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Finland.




Counter trafficking initiatives:

Return and reintegration of trafficked and other vulnerable women and children between selected countries in the Mekong region.

Systematic and sustainable cross-border working arrangement for the return and reintegration of trafficked persons over a 3- year period.

Technical co-operation and capacity building:

Training workshop of the Thai police and immigration officials on the protection of victims of trafficking.

Raises awareness among police and immigration officials on the existence of alternative national and international laws and procedures.

Mass information - Thai Migrant workers in East and South East Asia  - research project.

Analysed the effects of the crisis on the migration of Thai workers.

Movements – Assisting in family reunification and refugee resettlement assistance from South East Asia to other areas.

IOM assisted over 1,000 migrants relocate in the year 2000.

Migration health – with the Ministry of Public Health an assessment of the health needs of migrant workers on the Myanmar border was concluded.

















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