IOM's Recommendations for a Permanent Solidarity Mechanism

IOM has long called for an urgent reform of the Dublin system to embed an intra-EU solidarity mechanism to address these gaps in a structural manner. In the meantime, voluntary efforts and ad hoc as well as bilateral relocation schemes have continued or have been completed.

In the interest of finding a sustainable and predictable solution, IOM welcomes the efforts of the European Commission and the European Parliament to incorporate a fairness mechanism to determine the Member State responsible for examining asylum claims as part of the revised Dublin IV regulation.

IOM Resettlement Support - January to June 2018 - EEA

Resettlement is a protection tool for refugees whose lives and liberty are at risk; a durable solution alongside local integration and voluntary repatriation; and an expression of solidarity with those developing countries that host the majority (85%) of the world's refugees.

Refugee resettlement is defined by UNHCR as ‘the selection and transfer of refugees from a state in which they have sought protection to a third country that admits them – as refugees – with a permanent residence status’.

Analysis of Skills Profiling Data Collected within the EU Relocation Programme

This report maps and analyses data obtained from the EU Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals. The tool has been piloted by IOM between September 2017 and February 2018 under the EU funded projects: ‘Relocation program from Greece to other EU Member States and Associated States for beneficiaries in clear need of international protection’ and ‘Complementary measures in light of the relocation programme from Italy to Member and Associated States of Relocation’.

IOM Recommendations to the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU

IOM today presented its migration recommendations to the Austrian EU Presidency. IOM is drawing attention to three key areas in its recommendations paper: Africa border and identity management, the EU's Multi-Annual Financial Framework, and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The three recommendations are rooted in IOM's conviction that better migration governance at all levels -- national, regional and global -- benefits all of us and must be governed with political courage, evidence-based vision and a human-centred approach. 


IOM Activities in the EU Relocation Scheme - April 2018

The EU relocation scheme is an expression of internal EU solidarity, through which people in need of international protection are transferred from Greece and Italy to another Member State of Relocation (MSR), where their asylum application will be processed. Eligible are only nationalities for which EU average recognition rate is above 75%.

To date, 34,694 people in need of international protection have been relocated in the EEA and Associated States area.

Coercion of children to obtain fingerprints and facial images is never acceptable

IOM, together with other UN agencies and NGOs, has issued a joint statement raising our concern ahead the EU institution's negotiations (scheduled for of 27 March 2018) on the EURODAC Regulation, that the proposed system to expand the current database of asylum applicants to better identify “irregularly staying third country nationals” through the use of biometric data would inappropriately allow the use of coercion to take the fingerprints and facial images of children.

Success Stories From Skills2Work: Advice from Migrants and Employers

This booklet presents a sample of the success stories collected within the framework of the Skills2Work project to highlight the mutually beneficial relationship between refugees and employers in European Member States. Each person featured here has a story to tell about achievements, but also about personal challenges, about adjusting expectations and about compassion. Yet all stories have something in common: they promote the talents that refugees offer to our labour markets.