Agencies of the UN: IOM

About IOM

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

With 127 member states, and 94 observers including 17 States and 77 global and regional IGOs and NGOs and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.
IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management:

- Migration and development
- Facilitating migration
- Regulating migration
- Forced migration

IOM activities that cut across these areas include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants' rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.

In Cape Verde IOM is involved in the following projects:

- The “Migration House”

The "Migration House" of Cape Verde programme includes migration data research and analysis to develop capacities of the government in addressing the main issues related to migration. Data analysis will be mainstreamed to inform policy dialogue and development to facilitate Cape Verde’s Government response to the challenges posed by the new migration trends on the islands. The "Migration House" of Cape Verde is an IOM programme in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

- “Strengthening the Capacity of Cape Verde to Manage Labour and Return Migration within the Framework of the Mobility Partnership established with the European Union”

This project aims to promote legal mobility between Cape Verde and the EU by enhancing cooperation on migration and development issues while combating irregular migration. It will facilitate the matching between skills and available jobs/vacancies and provide relevant information on migration channels so as to promote the use of legal migration channels, through the upgrade of the Centre for Migrant Support in the Origin Country (CAMPO). It will also facilitate reintegration into Cape Verde’s labour market of Cape Verdeans returning home from EU countries, and support these in making the best possible use of the skills and resources acquired through the migration experience for their own benefit and the development of Cape Verde. This project is implemented by the Portuguese Institute for Development Assistance. IOM is partner in the project, together with the Cape Verde’s Institute of Employment and Vocational Training, the Institute of Communities and the High Commissariat for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue. The project is funded by the EU Mobility Partnership, and co-funded by the Portuguese and the Spanish Cooperation.

The DIAS de Cabo Verde Project

The project Dias De Cabo Verde – Diaspora for Development of Cape Verde, where the Instituto das Comunidades is the main beneficiary and project manager and IOM is the implementing partner, aims to mobilize the human, social and professional resources of Cape Verdeans living abroad, towards the capacity-building of key development sectors in Cape Verde, such as health, education, infrastructure and tourism. It promotes and reinforces the ties between members of the diaspora and the public and private sectors both in Cape Verde and Europe, and also contributes to the strengthening of transnational linkages of the Cape Verdean diasporas in Portugal, Italy and the Netherlands. The project is funded by the EC and co-funded by the Portuguese Cooperation.