Press release | Date: 27/11/2018 | Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Norway is to provide NOK 15 million in core funding to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The funding was announced during the annual session of the IOM Council in Geneva on 27 November. The funding will be used to support IOM in carrying out its new tasks as coordinator of the UN Migration Network, and in restructuring its organisation and developing its strategy.
‘IOM is the only global organisation that specialises in the field of migration. It has an extensive global network and is engaged in important work in many countries and regions. The funding from Norway will strengthen the organisation’s efforts to prevent irregular migration and facilitate the voluntary return and reintegration of migrants,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
IOM plays a key role in following up the target under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10 on facilitating orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration. When the Global Compact for Migration is formally adopted at the Intergovernmental Conference in Marrakech, IOM will have a leading role in the UN’s work to follow up the Compact. In its new role as the UN Migration Agency, IOM will need to intensify its normative work in the field of migration, as well as stepping up its work to monitor migration trends and coordinate efforts across the UN system.
‘The new tasks that IOM is taking on are vital, not least in terms of preventing irregular migration. As a reflection of increased Norwegian engagement in the organisation, we intend to continue to provide this core support on an annual basis,’ said Ms Eriksen Søreide.
This core support of NOK 15 million comes in addition to annual project funding totalling over NOK 125 million.
IOM currently has 172 member states. It has offices in more than 100 countries and activities in 150 countries.