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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Integrated Border Management

IOM’s Immigration and Border Management (IBM) Programme

The ability to address migration issues comprehensively and cooperatively is today a fundamental requirement. While the prevailing view is that migration has been mainly a positive force for development in both countries of origin and destination, unregulated migration can have social, financial and political costs for individuals, societies and governments alike. Comprehensive, transparent and coherent approaches to immigration and border management processes, involving all countries in the migration continuum, can help minimize the negative impact of migration and preserve its integrity as a natural social process.

As the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration, IOM is increasingly called upon by member States to assist in address complex border management challenges. IBM activities are directed at helping governments create policy, legislations, administrative structures, operational systems and the human resource base necessary to respond effectively to diverse migration challenges and to institution appropriate migration governance.

IOM Bangladesh’s Immigration and Border Management Activities


Capacity Building of Border and Migration Management: As part of its integrated border management programme, IOM Dhaka supports the Government of Bangladesh’s efforts to effectively manage migration and curb people smuggling by equipping relevant departments of the Ministry of Home Affairs (Special Branch, Immigration etc.) with specialized equipment (video spectral comparator (VSC), MRP readers, UV lamps,  computers etc.) and software (i2 software, VISPEC, Edison Travel Document software etc.). In Bangladesh, IOM has facilitated the set up of three Document Analysis Centres (Shahjalal International Airport, Chittagong International Airport and the Benapole Immigration Checkpoint). These DACs are equipped with the necessary hardware and specialized software which facilitate the examination of documents and detection of fraudulent documentation. The Benapole Immigration Checkpoint has also been equipped with a solar powered back up system to ensure the smooth operation of the DAC. In addition, connectivity through VPN and WAN have been established between the Special Branch and checkpoints to ensure secured immigration network.Additionally, currently IOM is facilitating the connectivity of the Bangladesh Immigration Department with the INTERPOL database.

 IOM has also provided technical support to the Government of Bangladesh in reviewing the current Passport and Immigration Act with the aim of strengthening Bangladesh’s border and migration management.

 Curbing People Smuggling and Trafficking: In addition to strengthening border and immigration management, IOM Dhaka conducts comprehensive information campaigns to raise awareness regarding the risks and consequences of smuggling and trafficking in vulnerable areas.

 Training of Border and Migrant Management Officials: Through its various projects, IOM Dhaka develops manuals and standard operating procedures (SOPs) on various issues including but not limited to smuggling and trafficking in persons, specific software and equipment, data management, intelligence gathering and document analysis and examination.  Training is imparted to officials of the Special Branch, Bangladesh Police, Immigration Officials—both at the operational level and to high level officials.

 Regional Cooperation on Border and Migration management: As a member of the steering group for the Bali Process (initiated at the Regional Ministerial Conference on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime held in Bali in 2002), IOM facilitates the participation of officials from the Government of Bangladesh, as well as in the monitoring and implementation of related activities and initiatives in the areas of Regional and International Cooperation on Policy Issues and Law Enforcement and Regional and International Cooperation on Policy Issues and Legal Frameworks.


  • Australian High Commission, Dhaka
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), Canada
  • Embassy of the United States, Dhaka
  • Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), Australia