IOM in Turkey

Did you know one of every seven people in the world today is a migrant. That’s nearly a billion people worldwide. 

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) – the UN Migration Agency opened its first offices in Turkey in 1991, following the aftermath of the first Gulf War.  The Mission’s activities began with resettlement for Iraqi refugees, and were later expanded to migration management programmes.  IOM’s partnership with the Republic of Turkey was formalized in November 2004 when Turkey was granted member status to IOM.  The partnership between IOM and Turkey continued since then, including support drafting the Law of Foreigners and International Protection, as well as establishing the Ministry of Interior’s Directorate General for Migration Management in 2013.

Following the devastating earthquake in Van in 2011, IOM Turkey began our emergency response programmes which have since expanded in response to ongoing regional conflicts and crises, notably the 2012 Syrian Crisis and the 2015 Mediterranean Crisis.  

With over 25 years operational experience in Turkey, the Mission is now one of the largest globally with over 900 staff in 15 different locations across the country, with the main office in Ankara, and sub-offices in Istanbul and Gaziantep.