IOM’s presence in Azerbaijan dates back to January 1996. In December 1999, IOM signed an Agreement with the Government establishing a legal basis for further development of cooperation in addressing migration issues. Following the Agreement’s ratification by the Milli Mejlis (National Assembly) of the Republic of Azerbaijan in February 2000, the Council of IOM, at its 81st Session in Geneva, agreed to accept the Republic of Azerbaijan as an IOM Member State on 7 June 2001.
The interventions of the IOM Mission in Azerbaijan began with technical assistance in policy development, structural reform, legislation and operational performance on migration and border management.
Those activities were followed by the 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.
21 years on since the start of its work in the country, IOM continues to collaborate very closely with the Government of Azerbaijan, UN agencies, civil society partners and international organizations, 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.
In addition to the Country Mission in Baku, IOM has a field office in Mingachevir that became operational in 2006.
Global website: www.iom.int
Website of IOM in Azerbaijan: www.iom.az