Last year we celebrated 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.
Hynninen was very active in working for the mission to be opened, as was also the Finnish government. That played a big part in the decision to chose Helsinki as the location of Regional Office for the Baltic and Nordic states.
The office in Helsinki started very small, with just a few staff members, some international IOM staff, some seconded by the ministries that IOM cooperated with.
Cooperation with the governments is a central part of IOM’s work to establish good migration governance. Another important part is the hands-on work with migrants that IOM Finland has done in many forms in different countries.