IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

As the leading international organization 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.

  • Uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

IOM's Strategic Focus

  1. To provide secure, reliable, flexible and cost-effective services for persons who require international migration assistance.

  2. To enhance the humane and orderly management of migration and the effective respect for the human rights of migrants in accordance with international law.

  3. To offer expert advice, research, technical cooperation and operational assistance to States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders, in order to build national capacities and facilitate international, regional and bilateral cooperation on migration matters.

  4. To contribute to the economic and social development of States through research, dialogue, design and implementation of migration-related programmes aimed at maximizing migration's benefits.

  5. To support States, migrants and communities in addressing the challenges of irregular migration, including through research and analysis into root causes, sharing information and spreading best practices, as well as facilitating development-focused solutions.

  6. To be a primary reference point for migration information, research, best practices, data collection, compatibility and sharing.

  7. To promote, facilitate and support regional and global debate and dialogue on migration, including through the International Dialogue on Migration, so as to advance understanding of the opportunities and challenges it presents, the identification and development of effective policies for addressing those challenges and to identify comprehensive approaches and measures for advancing international cooperation.

  8. To assist States to facilitate the integration of migrants in their new environment and to engage diasporas, including as development partners.

  9. To participate in coordinated humanitarian responses in the context of inter-agency arrangements in this field and to provide migration services in other emergency or post-crisis situations as appropriate and as relates to the needs of individuals, thereby contributing to their protection.1

  10. To undertake programmes which facilitate the voluntary return and reintegration of refugees, displaced persons, migrants and other individuals in need of international migration services, in cooperation with other relevant international organizations as appropriate, and taking into account the needs and concerns of local communities.

  11. To assist States in the development and delivery of programmes, studies and technical expertise on combating migrant smuggling and trafficking in persons, in particular women and children, in a manner consistent with international law.

  12. To support the efforts of States in the area of labour migration, in particular short term movements, and other types of circular migration.


Although IOM has no legal protection mandate, the fact remains that its activities contribute to protecting human rights, having the effect, or consequence, of protecting persons involved in migration.

A Brief on IOM Nigeria’s Projects

Nigeria continues to experience high internal and external migration due to the size of its population, economic climate, as well as its porous borders. The Government of Nigeria has continued to give more attention to migration management as is evidenced by the additional responsibilities given to the National Commission for Refugees (NCFR) in 2009 to oversee issues relating to migration and IDPs, ongoing dialogue with the European Union, the planned projects under the 10th National European Union Development Fund (EDF) and the recent appointment of a Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs.

Since 2002, based on a Cooperation Agreement, IOM has been supporting the efforts of the Government of Nigeria to manage migration through capacity-building, advisory services, and technical assistance on migration matters, including migration health and information, assisted voluntary returns, and counter-trafficking. Strong collaboration has been established with national migration stakeholders in order to enhance border management, fight trafficking in persons, reduce irregular migration, and mainstream migration in the country’s development plans. In 2011 and beyond, IOM plans to provide further support to the Nigerian Government within the above mentioned programme areas.


IOM Delivers Aid to Over 12,000 Displaced in Newly Liberated Areas of Northeast Nigeria

Nigeria - As part of its humanitarian efforts to alleviate the suffering of families displaced by the violence in North East Nigeria, IOM Nigeria and IOM Cameroon in a joint operation distributed 3,000 non-food relief item (NFI) kits to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Nigerian border town of Banki from 23-24 August 2016.

Banki, which shares a border with Cameroon, is located in Bama Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno State, Nigeria. It was once a vibrant border town where trade between Nigeria and Cameroon was the main economic activity.

Head of Office of IOM Cameroon Roger Charles Evina said: “Despite the daunting security and logistical challenges, IOM Cameroon is determined to support IOM Nigeria to reach an affected population that is in dire need of humanitarian assistance.”

The NFIs, which included mosquito nets, sleeping mats, laundry and bathing soaps, jerry cans, sanitary pads and water purification tabs, were funded by ECHO and the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in Nigeria. They were procured and distributed by IOM Cameroon, in close cooperation with IOM Nigeria.

IOM Nigeria, also with funding from ECHO and CERF, provided emergency shelters for about 6,800 people in recently liberated Bama and Gwoza LGAs in Borno State.

IOM Nigeria Chief of Mission Enira Krdzalic reiterated the need for continued support to the displaced population. “IOM remains committed to supporting the government of Nigeria in ensuring that the plight of the IDPs is alleviated,” she said.

The successful distribution in Banki was closely coordinated with Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other relevant Nigerian and Cameroonian authorities.

But more aid is needed in Banki, as the IDP population is larger than expected, totalling an estimated 26,000 people, including women, children and the elderly, according to Krdzalic.

“Strong cross-border coordination and cooperation in all Lake Chad Basin countries will remain key for continuing efficient and timely delivery of life-saving assistance to affected populations,” she noted.

IOM has provided assistance to affected populations in the Lake Chad Basin region with the support of ECHO, CERF, WFP and the governments of the United States, Italy, France, Germany and Japan. It is currently appealing for USD 56.6 million to continue to provide emergency and recovery assistance in the four affected countries, including scaling up its operations in Nigeria, where it is appealing for USD 25 million.