Since the 1950s, IOM has implemented programmes that assist Member States with the integration of migrants as a key to effective and comprehensive migration management. While the term “integration” can be understood differently depending on the country and context, it is generally defined as the process of mutual adaptation between host society and migrants. Further, the role of countries of origins in providing necessary of pre-departure support measures to this process is increasingly recognized. Integration hence implies a sense of obligation and respect for a core set of values that bind migrants and their host communities to a common purpose. Integration is essential for all stakeholders, not only as a way of providing economic and cultural benefits but also for ensuring the security and stability of societies as a whole.

One of the main challenges of creating an effective integration policy is to make sure that it intersects with other major policy areas, including the protection of migrants’ human rights and equal opportunities, employment and labour market issues, regional development, national security, social cohesion, public health, education, and naturalization and citizenship issues. IOM works with government, non-government and private sector stakeholders in countries of destination and countries of origin to address specific integration challenges, and to develop joint policy strategies and identify concrete support measures.


IOMs global approach

IOM supports policies  that promote the social, economic and cultural inclusion of migrants within existing legal frameworks in countries of destination. Its focus is on the development of strategies that help migrants to better integrate into new communities as well as on assisting receiving communities to recognize the positive contributions that migrants can make. This two-way integration process is essential for the existence of thriving, multicultural communities.


The IOM Country Office for Austria

IOM Austria complies this two-way integration process by providing trainings directly to refugees in order to ease their integration process and through capacity building on the “receiving side” to facilitate the interaction with newly arrived persons.

Regarding the migrants integration support, IOM Austria focuses on particularly vulnerable groups, such as (formerly) unaccompanied minor refugees. In 2016, about 135 young refugees participated in cultural orientation trainings, provided and conducted by IOM Austria within the frame of the project CulTrain. IOM Austria also carries out pre-departure integration measures, which are a core IOM activity on a global level. In 2016, about 57 Syrian refugees, who were admitted to the Humanitarian Admission Programme, attended cultural orientation trainings before their resettlement to Austria.

On the other side of the process, IOM Austria also offers a wide range of trainings for migration and asylum related authorities and other interested institutions, inter alia on capacity building in receiving municipalities and on acquiring intercultural competences.

Moreover, IOM promotes awareness raising activities on all levels of utmost importance, e.g. in schools or for state authorities.


International Website of IOM “Migrant Integration”


IOM Migrant Integration Fact Sheet

2016 Migrant Statistics


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