Bangladesh Mission Overview

Bangladesh became a member state of the International Organization of Migration (IOM) in 1990. Since then, IOM Bangladesh has continued to work in close collaboration with the lead ministries and government bodies of the country that are engaged in ensuring safe and orderly labor mobility, skills development, migration health services, providing humanitarian assistance to the migrants, countering human trafficking and strengthening border management. The organization also collaborates with an array of other stakeholders including the national and international non-governmental organizations, United Nations (UN) agencies and other private sectors in the country.

IOM’s key objective in Bangladesh is to promote humane, orderly, regular and responsible migration that benefits migrants and the nation socially and economically. IOM Bangladesh understands migration as both a process and a human condition, requiring facilitative actions and interventions at the level of state, community and the individual. The organization’s current strategy involves multilevel interventions to enhance the capacity of the Government of Bangladesh (GOB) and partner organizations to address the effects of accelerating human mobility. As the only migration agency of the UN, IOM Bangladesh key focus lies on the improvement of policy environment, capacity development of human resources and infrastructure, and direct assistance to migrants.

IOM Bangladesh’s four priority areas consist of migration management, resilience and social protection, humanitarian response, and countering irregular migration focusing on which the organization works to build migration management crisis capacities and respond to immediate needs, strengthen migration management services for regular, safe and demand driven labor mobility, create resilience through better protection, livelihood and employment opportunities for affected communities, and enhance law enforcement effectiveness good governance to counter human trafficking, human smuggling and other.