The IOM Mission in Moldova opened in 2001, whereas Moldova officially became an IOM Member State in 2003. The Mission’s main commitment follows the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.
Being the leading international organization in the migration sphere, according to mutual agreements between IOM and the Government of the Republic of Moldova, the IOM Moldova Mission acts with its partners in the international community within mainly the following four areas:
- Migration & Development
- Prevention and Protection (Counter-Trafficking)
- Migration Management
- Facilitated Migration
The first three of the above listed themes also make up the departments in the structural organization of the IOM Moldova mission, while 'Facilitated Migration' is run by the Operations department. The Mission also runs a department which deals with finance and administration. Furthermore, IOM Moldova is responsible for providing the EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) with administrative and logistical support. EUBAM is fully funded by the European Commission. In total approximately 40 staff are employed at IOM Mission to Moldova.