IOM has been active in South-Eastern, Eastern Europe and Central Asia (SEEECA) from the early 1990s. During that time, many countries in the region were experiencing complex mix of migration and displacement challenges resulting from huge geo-political changes.
Three decades on we give comprehensive support to governments in refining their policies, frameworks and practical mechanisms for migration management at national and multilateral levels, and ensuring protection and assistance to migrants in need. IOM aims to bring the extensive migration management expertise of the organization closer to all its beneficiaries and the Member States it serves.
The IOM Regional Office (RO), established in Vienna in 2011, supports further improvement in quality and diversification of programmatic activities at the country level, promotes regional initiatives, and facilitates better support to interstate dialogue and cooperation. RO Vienna is responsible for project review and endorsement, policy development, and for formulating regional migration strategies. This is done in partnership with governments, development partners and civil society organizations within the region. The Regional Office employs technical experts in project development and thematic fields of migration management, including Migrant Assistance, Labour Migration and Human Development, Immigration and Border Management, Operations and Emergencies, as well as Migration Health.
It also deals with various cross-cutting issues and provides support in the field of resource management, media and communications.
The Regional Office is the IOM Mission to the UN and other International Organizations in Vienna, and is responsible for the global liaison with the UN Office in Vienna, one of the four UN headquarters locations worldwide. UN organizations based in Vienna include the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Vienna is also home to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), and the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) nearby in Laxenburg.