About Us

Founded in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) provides services and advice to governments and migrants. With 156 Member States, IOM continues to expand its scope of activities to address the evolving migration challenges by providing a comprehensive set of responses to complex migration issues at the operational and policy levels.

Sri Lanka became a Member State of IOM in 1990 and IOM established its presence in the country in 2002. The IOM Sri Lanka Mission currently counts over 100 staff distributed among its Head Office in Colombo, a Migrant Health & Operations Centre in Colombo, and four Sub-Offices located in Jaffna, Kilinochchi (covering Mullaitivu), Vavuniya (covering Mannar) and Batticaloa.

Where We Work

Who We Work With

The Government of Sri Lanka, Ministry of:

  • Agriculture
  • Child Development and Women’s Affairs
  • Defence and Urban Development
  • Disaster Management
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • External Affairs
  • Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development
  • Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare
  • Health
  • Irrigation and Water Resources Management
  • Justice
  • Law and Order
  • National Languages and Social Integration
  • Public Administration and Home Affairs
  • Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development
  • Youth Affairs and Skills Development

The United Nations in Sri Lanka.

Donor Countries: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, Greece, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Donor Agencies: The American Red Cross, AmeriCares, European Commission Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid—ECHO and IOM Development Fund.

Diplomatic Missions: Embassy of Italy in Sri Lanka, New Zealand Consulate General in India. Private sector, non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations, academia and research institutions.