Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

With 166 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.
IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.
The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.

IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management:
• Migration and development;
• Facilitating migration;
• Regulating migration;
• Forced migration.

IOM activities that cut across these areas include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants' rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.

IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.
As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to:

• Assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management.
• Advance understanding of migration issues.
• Encourage social and economic development through migration.
• Uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.
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Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (ARVoRe VI) is an indispensable part of a comprehensive approach to migration management aiming at orderly and humane return and reintegration of migrants who are unable or unwilling to remain in host countries and wish to return voluntarily to their countries of origin. The successful implementation of ARVoRe VI programmes requires the cooperation and participation of a broad range of actors, including the migrants, civil society and the governments in both host countries and countries of origin. The partnerships created by IOM and a diverse range of national and international stakeholders are essential to the effective implementation of ARVoRe VI – from the pre-return to the reintegration stages.

IOM is mandated by its Constitution to ensure orderly migration, inter alia, through voluntary return and reintegration assistance. In particular, IOM emphasizes that voluntariness remains a precondition for all its ARVoRe VI activities. In line with its mandate, IOM’s key policy considerations when developing and implementing ARVoRe VI projects encompass:

• Safeguarding dignity and rights of migrants in operating returns, while seeking adherence to applicable international principles and standards;
• Preserving the integrity of regular migration structures and asylum procedures;
Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programmes over the years:

+1.4 million migrants assisted since 1979

+ 412,000 assisted migrants in the past 10 years

+40,000 assisted migrants in the past 5 years

• Enhancing dialogue and cooperation between origin, transit and host countries involved in the return process and reinforcing the responsibility of countries of origin towards their returning nationals;
• Addressing, to the extent possible, the root causes of irregular migration;
• Advocating for the adoption of comprehensive approaches towards voluntary return, including post-return reintegration assistance;
• Working with national and international partners in both host country and country of origin, to promote international dialogue and implement capacity-building for ARVoRe VI initiatives.
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