Transition programmes provide assistance to governments, States and communities undergoing socioeconomic and political changes during and following a crisis. These programmes seek to:

  • (Re-)establish stability and security;
  • Prevent further forced migration;
  • Restore trust among community members, vulnerable populations and local authorities; and
  • Lay the foundations for durable solutions, lasting peace and sustainable development.

IOM implemented transition initiatives start early in crisis contexts to address migration drivers and to mitigate or prevent further displacement and irregular migration. Transition initiatives can also include specialized measures around the reintegration of former combatants, security sector reform, electoral support and peace-building where the context demands such support.

Effective transition initiatives thus contribute to IOM’s commitment to prevention and progressive solutions to complex migration and displacement challenges.


IOM Emergency Manual: Transition