Improved migration management

What is our objective?

We aim to improve migration management in line with the migration related targets of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda, as well as the overarching framework of EU external migration policy, the European Agenda on Migration and the Global Approach to Migration and Mobility, as well as with high-level dialogues conducted through the Rabat Process and the Khartoum Process and the commitments made at the Valletta Summit on Migration. We support comprehensive migration policies, so as to enhance the implementation of legislative and regulatory frameworks aligned with international standards, conventions and agreements, to facilitate the management of civil status registration and the issuance of identity and travel documents, and to afford international protection to vulnerable groups.


How does this objective link to our action?

By strengthening institutions mandated to manage migration, we aim to support partner countries in developing national and regional strategies on migration management in line with international standards, to improve capacities  to prevent irregular migration and fight against trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling, to facilitate sustainable and dignified return and reintegration, to seek durable solutions for people in need of international protection, to promote legal migration and mobility, and to enhance synergies between migration and development. As with all EU interventions, we ensure a human rights-based approach is taken across all of our programmes, including strict adherence to the principles of ‘non-refoulement’ and 'do-no-harm'.

By promoting legal migration and mobility, we aim to stimulate regional economic development, exchanges of knowledge, skills and entrepreneurship. We are enhancing comprehensive labour migration policies and helping to create administrative structures, to protect migrants’ rights, support skills management and recognition of qualifications, and to fight against illegal employment. Moreover, we aim to tackle trafficking in human beings and forced labour, and to reduce risks of prostitution, forced labour and other abusive situations. 

Selected targets*

166 722
Number of migrants in transit and forcibly displaced people protected or assisted

1 958 833
Number of migrants, or potential migrants, reached out by information campaign on migration and risks linked to irregular migration

1 293
Number of Institutions (National and local) and Non-State actors directly supported through capacity building on migration management

1 336
Number of projects by diaspora members


News & Stories

EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration: new web portal goes live
NEWS | 18 September 2018

EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration: new web portal goes live

“For now, I am happy here doing the work I’m doing. I feel at home. What they did for me, I want to do for others.” 

Hadiza is a former victim of human trafficking. She is one of the many Nigerian women and girls who embark on the perilous...

NEWS | 17 September 2018

IOM training for trainers in the Horn of Africa: teaching health professionals to better identify and aid victims of human trafficking

A young woman enters a local health clinic; her hands filled with blisters. She is accompanied by what, at first sight, seems to be a caring family member who will not leave her out of sight. While this could be an everyday situation, there is more to it than meets...

Mohamed, de l’Enfer à l’Espoir
NEWS | 14 September 2018

Mohamed, de l’Enfer à l’Espoir

« J’ai de l’espoir en l’avenir. » 

« Aujourd’hui, j’ai commencé une formation DUT en gestion informatique mais je continue à m’entrainer car je n’ai pas abandonné mon rêve de devenir footballeur professionnel et je suis coach pour mes cadets du quartier. J’ai de l’espoir en l’avenir, » confie Mohamed,...

Members of the Kenyan delegation observe handmade products made by victims of trafficking as part of vocational training at the shelter
NEWS | 10 September 2018

On the way to opening its first state-run shelter for victims of human trafficking, Kenyan officials visit Jordan in search of best practices

When victims of human trafficking are rescued there is an immediate need to place them in a safe location, where they have a chance to heal and reintegrate into society. In Kenya, most temporary shelters are run by non-governmental organizations, with limited financial and human resources, unable to take in...