25years

History Blog 3: A time of expansion

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http://avrr.iom.fi/The beginning of the new millennium was a time when the Baltic states were finalizing their accession to the European Union. In Finland, the number of asylum seekers started growing. Also, it was a time when new offices were opened: in 2002 in Norway, in 2004 in Estonia and in 2009 in Denmark.

History Blog 2: Focus on the Baltics

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The focus of IOM Finland’s operational work in the first years was on the Baltic states. At the same time, it was important to build up a strong Nordic presence. The first Regional Representative in Helsinki was Øystein Opdahl. He was followed by José-Angel Oropeza in 1997, who remained in charge until 2002.

History Blog 1: Founding of the IOM Mission in Finland

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The process of opening a regional IOM Mission in Helsinki started quite soon after Finland had joined IOM in 1991. In October 1992, James N. Purcell, then the Director General of IOM, and Anders Wenström, then the Director of the Bureau for Europe and North America, visited Helsinki for a dialogue o migration affairs. 

25 years of IOM presence in Helsinki

This year we are celebrating 25 years of IOM presence in Helsinki.

The agreement to open an IOM mission in Finland was signed in Geneva on April 22, 1993 by IOM’s Director General at that time, James N Purcell and Antti Hynninen, Ambassador at Finland’s permanent mission to the international organizations in Geneva.

Agenda of Anniversary Seminar

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Helsinki office of the International Organization for Migration IOM.

The agenda for our anniversary seminar is attached alongside with the speeches: