Who We Are
WHO WE AREThe International Organization for Migration (IOM) is part of the United Nations System as the leading inter-governmental organization promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. IOM has had a presence in Türkiye since 1991.
Our WorkAs the leading inter-governmental organization promoting since 1951 humane and orderly migration, IOM plays a key role to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through different areas of intervention that connect both humanitarian assistance and sustainable development. Across Türkiye, IOM addresses the full scope of migration issues, supporting and developing government capacity to manage migration.
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FACTS AND FIGURES (GLOBAL)
Türkiye is historically a significant country of origin, transit and destination for migrants, with its strategic location bridging Europe and Asia. In this context, IOM supports the Government of Türkiye to improve the governance of migration – in particular, to address the challenges associated with mobility and to leverage well-managed migration toward socioeconomic development.
A key focus of IOM’s work is to support efforts to combat irregular migration and cross-border crime, anchored on Türkiye’s Strategy Document and National Action Plan on Irregular Migration. IOM assists the Government to develop legal, institutional and managerial capacities to strengthen border management policies and structures in line with international best practices. These efforts include improving technology for biometric registration and verification, data-sharing and promoting international cooperation, especially with countries of origin.
In parallel, IOM works to protect vulnerable migrants from risks faced along their journeys and provide tailored assistance. IOM supports national efforts to prevent trafficking in persons, protect victims and build authorities’ capacities to counter-trafficking, including prosecuting perpetrators. Furthermore, IOM facilitates the dignified return and reintegration of migrants who are unable or unwilling to remain in host or transit countries and wish to return voluntarily to their countries of origin.
Amidst the challenges posed by irregular migration, IOM advocates that safe, orderly and regular migration benefits migrants and communities of origin, transit and destination. IOM supports the Government to develop a comprehensive and human rights-based labour migration management system. This involves assessing foreign labour needs in Türkiye, advocating for the rights and registered employment of migrant workers, promoting formal employment, and supporting micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. In line with this, IOM promotes the inclusion of migrants through community engagement and strengthening supportive infrastructure and services.
IOM’s migration management support is guided by data and research, including through its Migrant Presence Monitoring (MPM) programme, and Türkiye’s commitment to implementing the Global Compact for Migration (GCM), of which it is a Champion Country.