Global Experts Meeting on Migration in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Global Experts Meeting on Migration in the Post-2015 Development Agenda tookplace in the context of increasing recognition that migration is a key driver of sustainabledevelopment.

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IOM signs MoU with German Embassy for Document Verification

On January 19, 2015, IOM and the German Embassy signed a Memorandum of Understanding which gives IOM the authority to verify educational documents of applicants to various academic institutions of Germany for Undergraduate and Masters Programme.

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IOM continues to expand Migration Health Department

IOM provide Health Assessment services to immigrants bound to Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and the United States, along with promoting the health of migrants and their host communities.

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Raising Migration Awareness through Street Theatre all over Bangladesh.

Using medium of street theatres and community meetings with potential migrants and local government officials at grass roots level, IOM has been raising awareness on key issues related to safe and orderly migration.

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Comprehensive Service Delivery for vulnerable population of Cox’s Bazar

Working together with Government of Bangladesh (GoB) increase access to Primary Health Care and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services for vulnerable and hard to reach communities in Cox’s Bazar.

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National Consultation on Human Trafficking and Smuggling through the South East region of Bangladesh, December 9th, 2014

On December 9th, 2014, IOM together with UNHCR organized a National Consultation to discuss issues related to human trafficking and smuggling through the South East region of Bangladesh.

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Café Joyeeta (previously Kafe Mukti), in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Mukti project, re-opened its Department of Women Affairs outlet this Tuesday, 4th March.

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New address of Migration Health Assessment Clinic - IOM MHAC

IOM Global

An inter governmental organization established in 1951, IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

  • Membership increased from 67 States in 1998 to 157 States in 2014 and continues to grow
  • IOM offices in more than 150 countries
  • Field Location increased from 119 in 1998 to more than 481
  • Active Projects increased from 686 in 1998 to more than 2,396 in 204
  • Operational Staff increased from approximately 1,100 in 1998 to more than 9,000 almost entirely in the Filed
  • Total expenditure increased from USD 242.2 million in 1998 to USD 2039 million in 2014
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Counter Trafficking

Counter Trafficking

One of the core challenges for IOM and its 155 Member States is to combat human trafficking—an exploitative form of irregular migration involving the violation of human rights. Though the global scale of human trafficking is difficult to quantify, as many as 800,000 people may be trafficked across international borders annually, with many more trafficked within the borders of their own countries.

Because of its clandestine nature, irregular migration and trafficking are likely to remain significantly under-reported crimes. Trafficking exposes migrants to exploitation and violation of their fundamental human rights. Trafficked migrants are often dependent on their agents and employers, and are therefore extremely vulnerable. IOM’s counter trafficking initiatives provide assistance and protection to victims and guidance to member states on the prevention of trafficking in persons and irregular migration.

Activities Recent and Current Projects

-   Develop a SOP for Diplomatic and Consular Officials to assist and protect migrant workers

-   Compilation of Leading Judgments on Human Trafficking

-   Economic rehabilitation for the Victims of Trafficking (VoTs)



Strengthening the Government’s Capacity to Address Labor Trafficking (Bangladesh)


IOM Dhaka Counter Trafficking Activities


  • Awareness building activities through partner NGOs (FGDs, Courtyard meetings, Baazar meetings, parents/teachers and students orientation,) and community based cultural events organized to create mass awareness such as interactive drama and folk songs. Moreover, IOM develops docudramas and TV commercials on trafficking issues and safe migration for national TV channels.
  • IOM builds capacity of local government and NGO partners to prevent trafficking in persons. Apart from that IOM also works to build the capacity of the religious leaders to prevent human trafficking.


Skills training and job placements for victims of trafficking and vulnerable women are also provided by IOM in collaboration with the Government and the private sector. Examples include the agreement between IOM and BKMEA (Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturer and Exporters Association) and the establishment of the snack kiosks, KafeMukti..

IOM builds capacity of government officials (central to district level) on victim care and support through sensitization and trainings to address trafficking in persons, as well as on psychosocial counseling and support for victims of trafficking and other forms of violence.


IOM provides technical support to the Ministry of Home Affairs through development of software on database management, including a module on trafficking.

Besides, IOM works for capacity building of public prosecutors, police and judicial officials including judges from the High Court and Supreme Court, lawyers, officials from the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs and the Bangladesh Police through Training-of-Trainers (TOT) and other training sessions. IOM has also been providing training to the Immigration Officials of Special Branch.



IOM carries out reviews of existing legislation and policies, including regional provisions such as the SAARC Convention on Trafficking to ensure prevention of trafficking in person and to provide necessary support to victims of trafficking. IOM’s review of the SAARC Trafficking Convention resulted in the Government of Bangladesh to develop a comprehensive law on human trafficking called “Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act 2012” with the technical support of IOM, which has been enacted on  February 20, 2012.

IOM also carries out advocacy with the Government and other relevant stakeholders for strengthening the existing structures such as the Counter Trafficking Committees (district level to sub district level) and assists with the development of guidelines for efficient functioning of such committees.