Kenya became the first African Member State to join the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 1985. Since then, and more specifically since IOM office was established in Kenya in 1993, IOM has been contributing to the efforts of the Government of Kenya (GOK) to effectively govern and manage migration through a wide variety of programmes and initiatives. 

Today, IOM’s presence in Kenya includes its Country Office in Nairobi, Field- and Sub-Offices in Turkana, Garissa, and Mombasa, Migration Health Assessment Centres (MHACs) along key migratory routes, and multiple Transit Centres to accommodate returning migrants and departing refugees. The mission in Kenya has over 300 staff.

IOM Kenya is Committed to Promoting Safe, Regular, and Dignified Migration and Addressing
Relevant Challenges for the Benefit of All.

IOM’s programmatic interventions in Kenya are divided in five broad areas:

IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management:

  • Migration Governance

  • Migration Health

  • Migration Movements

  • Recovery and Resilience

  • Data and Research