About us



Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

With 173 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM works 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.


The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.

IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management:

  1. Migration and development

  2. Facilitating migration

  3. Regulating migration

  4. 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.


To learn more about IOM, you can read about our:

IOM in Norway


IOM's Mission in Norway was established in 2002 upon request of the Norwegian Government. The first programme implemented in Norway was the Voluntary Assisted Return Programme (VARP). VARP is a programme offered to asylum seekers and other irregular migrants in Norway. It aims to provide assistance for those planning to return voluntarily to their home countries. Read more about Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration.

IOM Norway also provides pre-departure cultural orientation classes for refugees accepted for resettlement to Norway. The programme also runs seminars for Norwegian municipalities. Read more about Migrant Training and Integration.

IOM Norway's office is located centrally in Oslo with staff who, between them, speak more than 20 different languages. No appointment is necessary to visit the office, which is open between 10:00 – 15:00, Monday to Friday. All enquiries to IOM are treated confidentially and there is no need to give your name in order to receive a consultation.

The Kingdom of Norway is a long-standing member of IOM and is one of the organization’s 169 member states.               

Chief of Mission

Steven Hamilton became Chief of Mission for IOM Norway in 2016 after previous IOM positions as Deputy Chief of Mission for Indonesia (2008-2016), Chief of Pacific Operation based in Australia (2007-2008), Chief of Mission for Papua New Guinea (2001-2007), Regional Operations Officer for West Africa based in Senegal (2001) and Operations Officer in Macedonia (1999-2001).

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Office: Skippergata 33, 2nd floor, 0154 Oslo, Norway

Post: Pb 8927 Youngstorget, 0028 Oslo, Norway

Opening hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00-15:00

Telephone: (+47) 23 10 53 20  |  Fax: (+47) 23 10 53 23

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