The Refugee Resettlement Programme seeks to provide movement assistance to refugees accepted for third country resettlement. The transportation of migrants and the related processing activities are central to IOM’s operational functions.
IOM Kenya is the resettlement hub for Africa. The mission provides coordination and assistance for resettlement activities in Sub-Saharan Africa. The IOM office in Nairobi functions as an interface between IOM field missions and resettlement partners including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and various Governments which receive refugees, family reunification cases and other migrants.
In instances where refugees cannot return to their home countries, or when integration into the host country is not considered feasible, refugees may be eligible for resettlement to a third country. IOM Nairobi facilitates resettlement from Kenya, Burundi, Somalia, South Sudan, Djibouti and Eritrea, to a number of countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and over 10 European countries, under Government sponsored resettlement projects
The largest resettlement programme managed by IOM Kenya is the United States Refugee Admissions Programme (USRAP). The USRAP is administered by the Government of the United States through Resettlement Support Centres (RSC) in different parts of the world.
From time to time, IOM is requested to facilitate the movement of refugees from one refugee camp to another.
The Resettlement Procedure
IOM provides health assessments, follow-up medical treatment, pre-departure orientation, in country transportation, international flights and escorts (as needed). This is done in close coordination with the relevant health, immigration, and embassy representatives of each resettlement country.
Each resettlement country has specific health checks that refugees must complete before they are resettled. To ensure that migrants are fit to travel, pre-departure health assessments are conducted. Escorts are provided for refugees who are not familiar with travel and medical escorts are provided for refugees who may require support or observation during travel.
Movement assistance is also provided for: