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IOM Ethiopia at a Glance

The IOM’s presence in Ethiopia goes back to 1995 and Ethiopia became a member of IOM in 2011.

The Special Liaison Office in Ethiopia is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

  • Over 280 staff members
  • The Mission in Ethiopia has offices in Addis Ababa and Sub/field-offices in Assosa, Gambella, Jijiga, Moyale and Shire

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  • The International Organization for Migration Special Liaison Office in Ethiopia (IOM SLO) organized a consultative meeting with religious leaders, an initiative to enhance their role in combatting irregular migration. The consultative meeting held in September 16 brought together 2,014 participants from different religious institutions in Ethiopia. Read More
  • Ethiopia: The International Organization for Migration Special Liaison Office (IOM SLO) organized a two-day training on identification, protection and referral of vulnerable migrants for 31 government officials in Mille Woreda, Afar Region, one of the major routes for irregular migration to the Middle East though Djibouti. Read More
  • IOM has organized a briefing in Addis Ababa on diaspora mapping for over 100 Ethiopian ambassadors and senior diplomats from around the world. The briefing, at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, took place at the Ambassadorial Annual Review Meeting and followed a diaspora mapping seminar organized by IOM Ethiopia at the end of June 2014.Read More
  • The United States Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Anne C. Richard visited the South Sudanese refugees in Gambella, Ethiopia. Accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach, IOM SLO Chief of Mission and Representative to the AU/ECA/IGAD Mr. Josiah Ogina, as well as officials from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Deputy Director of the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), Mr. Ayalew Aweke, the Assistant Secretary witnessed the emergency assistance provided to the refugees at the Pagak entry point in Ethiopia, including IOM’s transportation and pre-departure medical service assistance. After her visit, the Assistant Secretary admired the hard work IOM and other humanitarian organizations have put in and emphasised that her government will continue its support. Read More
  • The International Organization for Migration, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), is holding a five-day seminar on diaspora mapping in Addis Ababa. For this first-of-its-kind seminar, IOM has invited specialists on labour migration and development to deepen the knowledge and sharpen the skills of officials from MOFA in Ethiopia and Ethiopian missions abroad. Read More
  • The Ethiopian diaspora association, People to People (P2P), this week contributed USD11,000 to IOM for emergency assistance to Ethiopian migrants returning home from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). this latest donation form the Kentucky-based P2P, follows previous contributions from Ethiopian diaspora around the world who have come to aid of their fellow nationals returning home destitute and in need of immediate support and assistance. Read More
  • IOM Addis Ababa, in partnership with the Ethiopian government, is expanding its community dialogue facilitators’ training programme on irregular migration from Amhara Regional State to neighbouring Tigray. The training, targeting 140 participants, will cover five of the seven zonal administrations in the southern, eastern, central, north western and western zones, 14 districts and 70 kebeles (districts). Read More
  • Trafficking in persons throughout Ethiopia is a shared problem that requires a coordinated response based on solidarity, responsibility and increased practical engagement to prosecute criminals, support victims and enhance partnership to mitigate the human trafficking phenomenon and better understand the push and pull factors involved.” – Sharon Dimanche, Migration Management Programme Coordinator, IOM. Read More