About IOM Budapest
In 1991 Hungary became a member state of IOM, and the following year the organization established its office in Budapest. Since the signature of the agreement between IOM and the Hungarian Government (7 April 1992), the IOM Mission has enjoyed diplomatic status. Throughout the 1990s, IOM managed numerous projects in the fields of counter-trafficking, migration and health, assisted voluntary return and assistance to migrants in transit, and ran several public information campaigns on migration issues in Hungary.
The IOM office in Hungary continues to be actively involved in building the Hungarian government’s capacity to manage migration issues through training, and organizing regional and international exchange programmes, conferences and research projects. IOM Budapest has also established partnerships with a number of relevant non-governmental organizations that assist migrants and victims of trafficking in Hungary.
From November 2000 to July 2011, IOM Budapest functioned as a “Mission with Regional Functions” (MRF). First providing direct support, supervision, and assistance to IOM’s missions in the Central European region, the regional functions of the office in Budapest were then expanded to include IOM missions in South-Eastern Europe. MRF Budapest therefore not only ensured the effective sharing of core resources and expertise between the Field Offices under its responsibility but also a consistent approach in important areas such as project development and the application of administrative and operational policies and procedures throughout the Organization.
Since 2011, IOM Budapest has been the Country Mission for Hungary.
The IOM office in Budapest has a Finance, Administration and Human Resources Department, a Project Development and Implementation Unit and an Operations Department.
Regional Office for the EEA, EU and NATO
The IOM Regional Office for the European Economic Area (EEA), the EU and NATO (RO Brussels) acts as IOM’s regional liaison and coordination office to the European Union (EU) and NATO. It provides policy, programme and resource management support to the IOM offices in the EEA plus Switzerland.
RO Brussels also supports IOM offices worldwide on EU-related policy, programmes, legislation and cooperation. While maintaining partnerships with governments in the region, RO Brussels routinely provides technical support for the development of national migration frameworks and to strengthen migration management systems. Furthermore, RO Brussels coordinates IOM's relations with the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, the World Customs Organization and other multilateral bodies with headquarters in the region.
RO Brussels also implemented the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Observatory on Migration, which was created to gather and disseminate information on different areas of South-South migration. Before its closing conference in June 2014, it carried out research and capacity-building activities aimed at facilitating policymaking and the mainstreaming of South-South migration for development.
IOM's Regional Strategy for the EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland presents a unified, focused organizational approach to the current and future priorities and objectives of IOM and its 28 country offices in the Region. The Strategy considers the persistent and emerging migration dynamics in the Region, affirms the contribution of IOM’s enduring core areas of service and support, and presents four strategic priority areas where IOM seeks to sharpen its focus and increase its strategic engagement in the next 7 years. You can download the strategy here: Regional Strategy 2014-2020: IOM in the EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland