International

Organization of

Migration

Who we are

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search of practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, be they refuges, displaced persons or other uprooted people. IOM works in four areas of migration management: migration and development, facilitating migration, regulating migration, and addressing forced migration. With offices in over 470 locations, IOM works closely with governments and partners in ensuring to uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants, assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management, advanced understanding of migration issues, and encourage social and economic development through migration. The structure of the organization is highly decentralized, with country offices managing and implementing projects at the request of member states. As of 2013, the organization has 151 member states and 12 states hold observer status. Namibia has been a member state since 2009, and IOM established an in-country presence in Namibia since 2011. 

What we do

IOM established an in-country presence in Namibia in 2011, following the flood disaster and subsequent displacement where IOM’s support as the global cluster lead agency for Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) was needed. Based on the principle of partnership, IOM and the Government of the Republic of Namibia have worked in close collaboration in the field of migration, including but not limited to promoting migration dialogue in Southern Africa, capacity building activities for enhanced migration management, strengthened response to disasters and displacement, increased understanding of migration health dynamics in the country, and assistance to refugees residing in Namibia. The capacity building model developed for camp coordination and camp management capacity building program (2011) in Namibia has gained ground globally, and many countries are embarking on similar processes. Migration health’s initial approach is primarily linked to research as well as capacity building – focusing on spaces of vulnerability, including informal settlements as hubs for rural-urban migration. In close coordination with United Nations High Commission (UNHCR), IOM continues to provide resettlement services to refugees residing in Namibia. This includes pre-departure medicals, cultural orientation, and travel assistance for refugees accepted for third country resettlement. 

Mission

To build on the expertise of Government of Republic of Namibia (GRN) and its partners to strengthen national capacity in the area of migration, aligned to national development priorities and goals.

Vision

To be GRN’s core partner on migration related issues by providing innovative capacity building and technical assistance for national system strengthening.

Contact

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International Organization

for Migration (IOM)

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Lilian Ambuso

Head of Office IOM Namibia

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Migration, Environment and Climate Change project launched

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) launched a project on migration, environment and climate change (MECC) on 14 March 2017. The project was launched by Petrus Muteyauli, the Head of Multilateral Environmental Agreements at the MET, on behalf of the Environmental Commissioner. This initiative is part of the wider IOM Development Fund (IDF) supported project ‘Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean’, which aims to increase knowledge and awareness about the relationship between migration and environmental change in order to inform related policy and operational planning at both the regional and national level. Teofilus Nghitila, Namibia’s Environmental Commissioner, added that in Namibia, the urban population makes up 50% of the total population which is not only due to a certain lack of economic opportunities in rural areas, but also to the fact that many people move to the cities following recurrent droughts and floods. He also said the project comes at the right time, as it will help deepen understanding of the impact environmental challenges have on human mobility.

Migration and Decent Work Dialogue

IOM Namibia: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration (MoHAI) were invited to present at the Public Dialogue on Migration and Decent Work, hosted by the Labour Resource and Research Institute (LaRRi) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung on 11 April 2017. Ms. Wendy Hilongwa, IOM’s Project Assistant for the Labour Migration Project, presented the relevant findings of the Migration Profile for Namibia that was launched by the Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration, Hon. Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, in June 2016. She also participated in the following panel discussion. On behalf of the MoHAI, Mr. Nehemia Nghisekwa, the Director for Immigration and Border Manage-ment, spoke to the public about GRN’s approach and policies with regard to migration and labour migration.
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