The IOM Country Office Vienna is temporarily led by
and includes five departments.
Supporting the voluntary return of migrants to their countries of origin is one of IOM's core activities. In order to offer returnees better perspectives following their return, IOM implements additional measures to facilitate the migrants' reintegration into their home societies and economies. The IOM Country Office Vienna implements projects on Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration, develops quality standards, fosters information exchange and dialogue among the various actors and supports research in this area.
2) Diversity & Integration / Counter-Trafficking
Trafficking in human beings is a serious violation of human rights that affects men, women and children. The IOM Country Office Vienna works to combat this phenomenon through prevention and awareness raising activities, capacity building, and improving liaison and cooperation among stakeholders within Austria and internationally. In addition, the department implements projects focusing on vulnerable groups, such as unaccompanied minors (UAM) and migrants at risk.
3) Research, Integration and Counter-Trafficking
Currently, the main project of the Research and Migration Law Department is the Austrian National Contact Point within the European Migration Network (EMN), which has been located at IOM Vienna since 2003. It is the aim of the EMN to provide European and national institutions as well as the general public with up-to-date, objective and comparable data and information about migration and asylum. To meet this aim, the EMN produces studies and reports on a regular basis and organizes conferences and workshops on different migration and asylum issues.
4) Operations Department
Based on requests from NGOs and Austrian authorities, the IOM Country Office Vienna organizes the Voluntary Return of persons whose asylum application has been rejected, who have no residence status in Austria, who are recognized refugees, or who have applied for asylum in Austria and would like to withdraw their application. In addition, the Operations Department provides departure, transit and arrival assistance at the Vienna airport to migrants flying under the auspices of IOM.
5) Administration and Finance Department
The finance and human resources department provides administrative support to all IOM Vienna departments including Human Resources.
IOM Vienna colleagues in October 2011.