Migrants Assisted by IOM Finland

In an effort to make our work more transparent and visible, we will be regularly updating the numbers of migrants we are assisting through our various programmes and projects.

As many of the figures and terms are quite complicated, we have gathered some explanations and further links here.


Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR)

We have programmes for AVRR in Finland and in Iceland.

Additionally,in Sweden we have two programmes in this sector: AVRR-TiPP Sweden, that assists victims of trafficking and other migrants who have been exploited, with return reintegration. In addition the program also organizes the payments of Reintegration Support to those returning voluntarily from Sweden.

Donors: Finnish Immigration Service,  Icelandic Directorate of Immigration, Swedish Gender Equality AgencySwedish Migration Agency



IOM Finland is responsible for resettling quota refugees that are bound for Finland, Sweden and Iceland.

The resettlement figures also include the family reunification cases in which we have assisted with their travel and other arrangements.

Donors: Icelandic Ministry of Welfare, Swedish Red Cross, Swedish Migration Agency, Finnish Immigration Service,



MIDA FINNSOM is a development aid project funded by Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The project’s aim is to help diaspora professionals build up their country of origin through short term assignments. MIDA FINNSOM works with Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland.

Donors: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland


Pre-Departure Orientation and Integration

IOM Finland provides Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) training for quota refugees bound to Finland and Iceland in their current locations, prior to departure for Finland or Iceland. PDO provides participants factual information about the country of destination to construct a realistic image of the receiving country and to support first months of integration.

Donors: Finnish Immigration Service (AMIF), Icelandic Ministry of Welfare



The counter-trafficking work of IOM Finland is not as such directed directly at migrants (except for the programme in Sweden mentioned under the AVRR heading) but at awareness raising and training various professional groups  to gain knowledge about counter-trafficking.

Donors: Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organizations



Migrants assisted January-March 2018                   Migrants assisted January-June 2018