IOM and the European Union

Operationally, the EU and its Member States remain one of the largest contributors to IOM’s budget. In the 2015-2016 period, 543 projects were contracted to IOM by the EU and its Member States for a total budget value of over EUR 890 million. In 2016, the value of these projects increased by 28% compared to the previous year, reaching over EUR 500 million. Funding from the EU represented 57% of this figure at EUR 286 million, an increase of 34% versus 2015. Thematic areas with the largest growth in 2016 were migration management, return and reintegration, anti-trafficking, and integration.

IOM-EU Cooperation on Migration and Mobility: Addressing the Valletta Summit Priorities Together” examines how IOM and the EU are working together across the five priority domains agreed at the Valletta Summit in 2015: development benefits of migration and addressing root causes; legal migration and mobility, protection and asylum; prevention of and fight against irregular migration, migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings; and return, readmission and reintegration. 

IOM and the EU work closely in strategic cooperation to promote a holistic, coherent and humane approach to migration governance, development, and humanitarian responses and human rights issues. 

Our work builds on the shared view that well-managed migration can equally benefit migrants, states and societies worldwide.