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IOM projects supported by the German Federal Foreign Office worldwide

Germany supports the global work of IOM in the area of humanitarian aid, peace-building and combatting human trafficking. The projects are implemented by IOM missions on the ground. IOM Germany ensures coordination with the German Federal Foreign Office.

Family Assistance Programme (FAP)

IOM is supporting family reunification for recognized Syrian refugees. The objective of the project is to speed up the process of family reunification by reviewing applicants’ files in Turkey and Lebanon before their appointment with the German consular authorities there. The project, which operates in Istanbul, Gaziantep and Beirut, also provides pre-departure integration measures. For more information see the FAP information sheet. Due to the current spread of COVID-19, activities of the Family Assistance Programme (FAP) will have to be reduced in Germany. In-person counselling and the call centre (including the call-back function) are temporarily suspended. Email inquiries ( will be answered, but delays may occur. We kindly ask for your understanding.

Direct assistance to internally displaced persons, migrants rescued at sea, detained migrants and vulnerable migrants in urban settings

The ongoing conflict in Libya led to a humanitarian crisis that is strongly affecting displaced populations within Libya (IDPs) and migrants present in the country. Under this project IOM delivers humanitarian assistance to IDPs and migrants, including the provision of Non-Food Items and hygiene kits to vulnerable IDPs, migrants rescued at sea and vulnerable migrants in urban settings. Assistance is also provided to migrants in detention centers (e.g. medical visits and primary health care). For more information click here.

Post-arrival humanitarian assistance to vulnerable Afghan returnees from Iran & Pakistan

Decades of conflict have caused millions of Afghans to leave their country and settle in neighboring Iran and Pakistan. As of May 2016, an estimated 840,000 registered Afghan refugees and 1.4 million undocumented Afghans were living in Iran. Up to 1.6 million registered Afghan refugees were living in Pakistan along one million undocumented Afghans. Each year, hundreds of thousands of Afghans spontaneously return from these countries or are deported to Afghanistan. Under this project IOM provides various kinds of humanitarian assistance to returnees, such as the distribution of non-food-items (NFIs) and psychosocial counselling. For more information click here.

Promotion of Peace and Stability for IDPs, migrants and local host communities in Libya

The project aims at Community Stabilization in two areas in the south of Libya, namely in Sabha and Gatroun areas. Activities include the restoration of essential infrastructure, the establishment of community centers, vocational trainings and income generating activities, as well as measures to support the peace process through dialogue and capacity building for local civil society actors, NGOs and local authorities. For more information click here.

Humanitarian assistance to vulnerable migrants in Yemen

More than one year after the outbreak of the civil war, an estimated 82 per cent of the total population in Yemen are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. Under this project essential emergency lifesaving humanitarian assistance and protection is provided to conflict affected, destitute and stranded migrants or third country nationals in Yemen including new arrivals along the country’s coastline. Ambulances are deployed by IOM to patrol selected areas along Yemen's coast, to find migrants who sustained injuries or suffer from other health problems. In addition, the project contributes to IOM’s on-going evacuations of vulnerable Ethiopian migrants, stranded in various parts of the country. For more information click here.

Global Migration Data Portal

This project is implemented by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), which was established in Berlin in September 2015 as a response to growing calls for comprehensive data and timely analysis on global migration trends. The portal, which is being developed jointly with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) as technical implementing partner, will gather, in the form of an online query database, key information about current and expected global migration trends from a variety of sources, in addition to providing trend analysis. The portal is currently in its pilot phase, and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. For more information click here.

Strengthening national awareness and response capacities to combat trafficking in persons

The protracted crisis in the Central African Republic put many people at risk of human trafficking. Amongst the most vulnerable are internally displaced persons and people on the move towards neighbouring countries looking for safe heavens and temporary protection, in particular in Chad and Cameroon. The project comprises a number of trainings for government actors, international actors and civil society organizations on identification and referral of victims as well as awareness raising measures and the establishment of a cross-border referral mechanism. Furthermore, an assessment of the existing immigration and border management system of the CAR is carried out, which will result in recommendations on how to prevent cross-border trafficking. For more information click here.

Strengthening Community Policing in Iraq

The objective of the project is to contribute to peace and security in Iraq by applying the Community Policing concept. Community Policing promotes mediation and negotiation and aims at building trust between communities and police services through close ties between the police and community representatives, creating a space for dialogue. To this end, trainings for law enforcement officials, community representatives and members of civil society are conducted. The training sessions also facilitate for the meaningful participation and representation of women. For more information click here.

Immediate assistance to internally displaced persons in Ukraine

An estimated 5.2 million people in the Donbas Region in eastern Ukraine have been affected by the protracted conflict between pro-Russian armed groups and Government forces, which since the spring of 2014 has resulted in massive displacement, loss of life, and destruction of infrastructure. According to official data, over 2 million Ukrainians have been displaced by the war in the East of the country. The project provides cash assistance to the most vulnerable IDPs in 13 regions of Ukraine. Elderly people, IDPs with disabilities, single-headed families and families with many children spend this assistance mainly to cover their expenditures for rent and utilities, clothing, food and healthcare. For more information click here.

Psychosocial support and community mobilization for conflict-induced displaced populations in North East Nigeria

Attacks by the Islamist armed group Boko Haram and government-led counterinsurgency operations have led to high numbers of displaced persons in north-eastern Nigeria. The main objective of this IOM project is to protect and promote the psychosocial wellbeing of internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in camps and informal settlements as well as the crisis affected population and host communities in the region. Mobile teams composed of social workers, teachers and counsellors have been trained to offer direct psychosocial support to the affected population. For more information click here.

Understanding and addressing trafficking in persons in Mauritania

This project assesses the prevalence, sources and impact of human trafficking within Mauritania, a country which lies at the crossroads of the African continent. Traditional smuggling routes across long and porous borders are used by human traffickers moving victims within Mauritania and North Africa, to Europe and to the Middle East. The current phase of the project includes amongst other things a sensitization campaign and a series of workshops for border officials and the judiciary. For more information click here.

Fighting against trafficking in persons through capacity building for NGOs and law enforcement in Morocco

IOM supports NGOs and Government departments with capacity-building activities in order to provide and improve key services for victims of trafficking, such as safe shelter, medical assistance, psychosocial support and legal assistance. Activities include sensitization and training sessions, support for social protection centres and specialized units in hospitals and courts, as well as the provision of counselling services.

Multi-year seasonal emergency response plan to provide basic needs for vulnerable IDPs in Iraq

IOM provides non-food items (NFIs) and fuel support to IDPs in Iraq. The armed conflict in Iraq has by mid-June 2016 resulted in the displacement of more than 3.3 million people across the country. As the majority of lDPs have fled their homes at a moment’s notice with few personal items, NFls and fuel have been found to be priority needs to ensure they are able to survive through Iraq's cold winters and hot summers. For more information click here.


Concluded projects supported by the Federal Foreign Office

  • Regional and Multi-Sector Assistance to Populations Affected by the Syrian Crisis in Syria
  • Regional and Multi-Sector Assistance to Populations Affected by the Syrian Crisis in Lebanon and Syria
  • Addressing Needs and Improving Technical Capacity and Coordination in Migration Management in Sudan
  • Psychosocial Capacity Building for Medical and Social Service Providers – Chad
  • Evacuation and Humanitarian Assistance – Libya / Chad
  • Humanitarian Assistance to Flood-Affected population in Chad
  • Evacuation Assistance and Basic Integration Support in Yemen and for Migrants from Yemen
  • Social Reintegration of Returnees through Community Stabilization in Areas of High Return – Chad
  • Afghanistan Rapid Humanitarian Assistance Programme (HAP)
  • Direct Psychosocial Care for Chadian Returnees who have fled the Crisis in Libya and other vulnerable persons in areas of high return – Chad
  • Evacuation from Misurata to Benghazi and provision of humanitarian aid to Misurata – Libya
  • Health assistance to vulnerable flood affected and displaced populations, including migrant workers in Thailand

For further information please contact:

IOM Germany
Tel: + 49 911 4300-0    

Situation Reports

20.07.2016 - Update on the humanitärian crisis in South Sudan

14.07.2016 - Report on IOM's response to the situation in the Mediterranean

30.06.2016 - Report on the regional activities of IOM in the context of the crisis in Syria

30.06.2016 - Report on the activities of IOM in the crisis in Yemen




Humanitarian Compendium

The IOM Humanitarian Compendium portal provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the humanitarian programming in 2016 of the IOM.

For more information about IOM activities wordwide, please