- Capital: Nairobi
- Population: 41 Million
- Area: 580,367 km sq
- Major Language: English, Kiswahili
- Currency: Shilling (KES)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration. IOM Kenya aims to provide a reliable, flexible and responsive migration management resource facility to the government, regional organizations and migrants in Kenya. The organization seeks to support countries to strengthen their migration policy and legislative frameworks, as well as facilitate humane and orderly population movements within and outside the Horn of Africa whilst addressing the challenges of irregular migration.
As an inter-governmental organization, IOM works with the government and partners in the international community to: assist in meeting operational challenges of migration; advance understanding of migration issues; encourage social and economic development through migration; and uphold the dignity and well-being of migrants.
IOM works in the four broad areas of migration: Migration and Development, Regulating Migration, Facilitating Migration and addressing Forced Migration. Cross cutting activities include Migration Health, Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building, Gender Dimension on Migration, and Protection of Migrant’s Rights.
The Horn of Africa region and its movements can be categorized in the following areas of issue:
- Forced migration: due to conflicts and natural disasters and resulting in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugee outflows;
- Regular migration: such as labour migration or migrants travelling abroad to study;
- Irregular migration: due to poverty and reduction in livelihood options, and linked to human trafficking and smuggling.
- Traditional and cross-border migration: linked to nomadic and cross-border movement. It is mainly a survival strategy such as pastoralists looking for pasture and cross-border trade abroad and within the region;
- Mixed migration: the use of one migration route by several different groups of migrants including asylum seekers, economic migrants, victims of trafficking and smuggling;
To address these migration concerns, IOM closely works with governments, UN partners, regional organizations, civil society and migrants to:
- Deliver effective and timely assistance for mobile populations affected by conflict and natural disaster.
- Address the challenges of irregular migration through a holistic response to the needs of the government and migrants, including research on new migration trends, capacity building for migration management and addressing mixed migration flows.
- Assist the government to manage migration for development through the promotion of safe labour migration and linkages with the diaspora.
- Delivers and promotes comprehensive, preventive and curative health programmes which are beneficial, accessible, and equitable for migrants and mobile populations, therefore addresses the needs of Member States in managing health related aspects of migration.
- Facilitate regional dialogue on migration practices in Kenya and the Horn of Africa.
In order to effectively meet its objective, IOM works in line with the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and aims to contribute to the achievement of the overall objectives of the Kenya National Development Strategy, The Kenya Vision 2030.
- Country Contact Information:
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Kenya Mission with Coordinating Functions for the Horn of Africa
Rhapta Road, Westlands, PO Box 55040 - 00200 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 2 4444167, 4444174, 4446898
Fax: +254 2 4449577