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.
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.
To be GRN’s core partner on migration related issues by providing innovative capacity building and technical assistance for national system strengthening.
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.
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.
Namibia validates Labour Migration Policy
Windhoek Namibia – May 18, 2017 - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Namibia’s Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation (MLIREC) validated Namibia’s draft labour migration policy on 18 May 2017 during a validation workshop in the capital Windhoek.The workshop was attended by more than 90 participants from key governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, as well as by representatives of the wider UN family in Namibia.
Namibia commemorates World Day against Trafficking in
Windhoek, Namibia 28th July 2017 - Namibia joined the rest of the world in the commemoration of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons (WDATiP). The commemoration took place in form of a press conference which was organized by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (MGECW) in close coordination with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The statements were delivered by IOM Head of Office Ms. Lilian Ambuso, U.S. Ambassador His Excellency Thomas F. Daughton, Deputy Prosecutor General Advocate Innocentia Nyoni on behalf of Prosecutor General Adv. Martha Imalwa, General Major & Deputy Inspector General for Administration Anne – Marie Nainda on behalf of Lt. Gen. Inspector – General Sebastian Ndeitunga.
Windhoek Namibia – 13 December 2017IOM and Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) held a National Dialogue on the findings of the Country Assessment on Migration, Environment and Climate Change and developed a blueprint document that identifies Namibia’s priorities in terms of Migration, Environment and Climate Change.
IOM Namibia facilitates National Dialogue on Migration,
Environment and Climate Change
IOM and UNODC support GRN on combatting TiP
5-9 February 2018, Swakopmund: Trafficking in Persons (TiP), a violation of human rights which robs human beings of their freedom and dignity, has been in existence for many years and is known as slavery. Like many other countries, Namibia vows to fight this practice.
Training Manual on Trafficking in Persons for law enforcement
in development stages
17 May, Windhoek: Trafficking in Persons (TiP) is a global phenomenon, manifested throughout the SADC region, including in the Republic of Namibia and its neighbouring countries.The recent SADC Statistical Report, refers to 82 Victims of Trafficking (VOTs) who were identified in Namibia between 2010 and 2017. According to the report, 62% of the VOTs were Namibians, i.e. victims of domestic trafficking, and the other 38% were mostly from other SADC countries.
NAM commemorates World Day against Trafficking in
30 July, Windhoek: Human trafficking is a serious crime and a violation of human rights and dignity. This is a global issue which every country has fallen victim to as either a country of origin, transit or destination for victims.
IOM hosts workshop to strengthen migration management
Swakopmund, Namibia – The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is holding a National Migration Workshop between the 19 – 21 of November 2018, in partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration (MHAI). The workshop is aimed at strengthening institutional capacity of stakeholders to manage migration.
UN Migration Agency supports Government in identifying ways to
raise awareness of trafficking in persons (TiP)
October, Windhoek: As part of the Counter-Trafficking Project on Strengthening coordination to respond to trafficking in persons (TIP) and ensure justice and protection for all victims of trafficking (VoT) in Namibia, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) is supporting the Namibian Government in raising awareness of TiP to increase the reporting of potential TIP cases.