Who We Are

Who We Are

Founded in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) provides services and advice to governments and migrants. With 169 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 level.

IOM is part of the UN System in Sri Lanka and formally became a United Nations related Organization at the UN General Assembly in September 2016.

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 Assessment Centre and an Operations and Migrant Services Centre (both also located in Colombo), three Sub-Offices located in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Batticaloa, and two new Sub-Offices in the process of being opened in Mannar and Trincomalee.