IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. As an intergovernmental body, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to: assist in meeting the operational challenges of migration; advance understanding of migration issues; encourage social and economic development through migration; and uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.
No country in the world remains unaffected by international migration flows. Every country is one of origin, transit, destination, or all of these simultaneously. At the start of the 21st Century, one of every 35 persons is a migrant – this number is even higher in industrialized countries, where one of every ten persons has left their home country. The security and stability of our international system depends in large part on how nations and organizations alike can work together to ensure the humane and effective management of migration issues.
In Brussels,the IOM Brussels Office for the European Economic Area, the EU and NATO (RO Brussels) acts as IOM’s regional liaison and coordination office to the European Union and covers the countries in the European Union, Norway and Switzerland. RO Brussels also supports IOM offices worldwide on EU-related policy, programmes, legislation and cooperation. IOM and three European Commission services (DG Home, DG DEVCO, DG ECHO) and the European External Action Service (EEAS) established a Strategic Cooperation Framework in June 2012 To enhance collaboration on migration, development, humanitarian response and human rights issues.
In Belgium, IOM is represented by the Country Office (CO) for Belgium and Luxembourg. The Country Office develops and implements several programmes and projects, working closely with institutions such as the Belgian Ministry for Social Integration, Fedasil, the Belgian Immigration Office, the Belgian Development Cooperation, the European Commission, the Luxemburgish Ministry of Family and Integration amongst other major donors and/or key partners.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading international organization working with migrants and governments alike to address migration challenges, while also recognizing the enormous potential benefits of migration for countries of destination, for migrants themselves, and for their countries of origin. Established in 1951 in Brussels as an intergovernmental organization to resettle European displaced persons, refugees and migrants, IOM has since grown to encompass a variety of migration management activities throughout the world. With offices and operations on every continent, IOM helps governments and civil society through providing responses to migration issues, including:
Migration and Development
Migration and Economic/Community Development
Humanitarian Emergencies: Emergency and Post-emergency Operations Assistance
Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Assistance
Migration Policy and Research
Migration and Climate Change
Immigration and Border Management
Gender and Migration
International Dialogue on Migration
Regional Consultative Processes
IOM’s activities are implemented in the following regions:
IOM Regional Office for the European Economic Area, the EU and NATO Rue Montoyerstraat / rue Montoyer 40 6th Floor
1000 Brussels, Belgium Tel: +32.2.287.7000 Fax: +32.2.287.7006 E-mail:
IOM Country Office for Belgium and Luxemburg
Rue Montoyerstraat / rue Montoyer 40
3rd Floor 1000 Brussels, Belgium Tel: +32.2.287.7000 Fax: +32.2.287.705 / 706
3 questions to Bernd HemingwayRegional Director for the European Economic Area of the IOM
International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office for the European Economic Area, the EU and NATO Tel: +32.2.287.7000 Fax: +32.2.287.7006 E-mail: ROBrussels@iom.int www.eea.iom.int