IOM in France
France was a founding member of the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration (ICEM) in 1951, then left from 1966 to 1981 since the original mission of the Organization related to post-war population movements had been completed. It was then an observer state to the Organization before its full reintegration in 1992, noting the need for further humanitarian operations in the field of migration. France continues to participate increasingly in IOM activities.
IOM Activities in France
Resettlement and Movement Management
- Resettlement Programme : IOM France plays a pivotal role in the resettlement projects implemented since 2008, in cooperation with multiple partners at the national and international levels. As part of the French Government Refugee Resettlement Program, IOM France provides assistance to refugees selected for resettlement in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Niger, Chad, Egypt and Rwanda, as well as in various third countries in the framework of the 2008 agreement between France and UNHCR.
- Relocation Programmes within the European Union : IOM France provides continuous assistance in the relocation of asylum seekers from Greece, Italy and Malta to France. This intra-EU solidarity tool is offering a safe and legal way for asylum seekers in need of international protection to be transferred from frontline EU Member States to other European countries.
- Assistance at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris-CDG) : Operational support is provided to beneficiaries of IOM's diverse programmes, including family reunification, resettlement of refugees and voluntary return, during their transit at Paris-CDG airport. Around 500 persons travelling under IOM auspices are assisted every month by IOM France staff at CDG airport.
Migrant Protection and Assistance
- Counter-Trafficking : IOM France regularly participates in national and transnational projects aimed at raising awareness of authorities and the general public on the issue of human trafficking. Trainings for front-line professionals are held to facilitate the detection and protection of trafficked persons. IOM France has also developed a transnational referral mechanism model, designed to strengthen professionals response to the needs of victims of human trafficking in the context of voluntary return.
Immigration and Border Management
- UK Nationals Support Fund (UKNSF) project : IOM France provides through the UKNSF practical support to UK Nationals who may find it harder to complete their residency applications to secure and maintain their residency rights in France now that the UK has left the EU. IOM work in this area complements government services and provides assistance to migrants with information on their rights and access to procedures, especially for those living in more difficult circumstances.