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IOM - International Organization for Migration
IOM Iraq was established in January 2003 in anticipation of overwhelming humanitarian needs arising from imminent military action and ensuing conflict. Since then its presence and range of operations across Iraq have grown considerably. Today, IOM Iraq has approximately 300 staff working across all eighteen governorates of Iraq. Utilizing logistical and administrative support from its support cell in Amman/Jordan and its mission office in Kuwait, the three regional hub offices in Baghdad, Basrah and Erbil, supported by its twenty sub offices, guide and manage the direct implementation of IOM activities throughout the country.
IOM Iraq is a member of the UN Country Team (UNCT) for Iraq, and works closely with the UN system and the Government of Iraq (GoI) to find lasting solutions for the people of Iraq who have been affected by conflict, displacement and socio-economic disenfranchisement. With a vast network of field monitors, IOM is able to assess the varying needs and challenges of the internally displaced, returnee and host communities. Once this continual flow of information is disseminated, IOM is able to implement a wide range of humanitarian and migration initiatives that directly benefit the vulnerable populations in Iraq, quickly and efficiently.
IOM Iraq’s ongoing programmes include emergency assistance, support for return and reintegration, development of livelihoods, and capacity building for national and local authorities. IOM’s specific projects target Iraq’s most vulnerable populations, including the displaced, returnee, and host communities, as well as female-headed households, victims of ongoing conflict, disabled, and the un- and underemployed.