The relationship between IOM and the European Union rests on longstanding dialogue and cooperation around the world.

A rights-based approach and international frameworks, such as the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, guide the full spectrum of IOM’s work with the EU in support of international cooperation and development in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South-Eastern and Eastern Europe.

Building on the EU-IOM Strategic Cooperation Framework established in July 2012, IOM engages with the EU institutions through structured dialogue at expert and senior officials' levels, regular liaison activities, joint events, regional processes and dialogues, and fora such as the European Development Days.

Operationally, the EU and its Member States remain one of the largest contributors to IOM’s budget. Between 2015 and 2017, the EU contracted IOM for almost 850 projects worldwide with an approximate value of EUR 1.6 billion, half of which from the European Commission.