The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading international organization working with migrants and governments to provide a humane response to migration challenges. Established in 1951 as an intergovernmental organization to resettle European displaced persons, refugees and migrants, IOM has grown to encompass a variety of migration management activities throughout the world. While not part of the United Nations system, IOM maintains close working relations with the UN bodies and operational agencies. IOM has as partners a wide range of international and non-governmental organizations.
The IOM Mission in Ukraine was established in 1996 in Kyiv and at the same time Ukraine became an observer state of IOM. In 2001, Ukraine requested membership in IOM and in 2002 the Ukrainian Parliament ratified this membership. Currently, IOM has 133 member and observer states.
With missions worldwide, IOM helps governments and civil society through:
The IOM Mission in Ukraine operates five programmes: Capacity Building in Migration Management, Counter-Trafficking in Human Beings, Humanitarian and Social Programmes, Migration Health and Migration Management. Each programme partners with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and various government bodies to provide Ukraine with increasingly comprehensive responses to migration challenges.