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IOM Tokyo - Country Office with Resource Mobilization Function

IOM opened its office in Japan in 1981 in the context of Indochinese refugee resettlement. At that time, IOM Tokyo facilitated onward movements of US and Canada-bound Indochinese refugees on temporary protection status in Japan. Later on, the assistance expanded to family reunification for Indochinese refugees resettled in Japan, and which was completed in March 2006. Japan joined IOM membership in 1993. At present IOM has 155 Member States.

Humanitarian return assistance for the migrants
affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake
© IOM 2011

1) Donor liaison – Strengthen cooperation and partnership with Japan in support of vulnerable migrants, displaced persons and refugees worldwide

Japan is a major donor to the international community including to IOM. In the past 11 years, IOM received in average some USD 30 million voluntary contributions from Japan. This excludes Japan’s contribution through human resources particularly the associate expert’s programme.

2) Operational partner of Japan – Support Japan in meeting its own migration challenges

Currently, IOM Tokyo is implementing four Japan-funded projects, namely, the a) support programme to facilitate school education for foreign children also known as the “bridging school;” b) refugee resettlement; c) return and reintegration assistance to victims of trafficking; and d) assisted voluntary return and reitegration.

Upon request, IOM Tokyo provides expert advice on various migration policy initiatives and dialogue on migration issues led by the government, business community, academes and NGOs in Japan. This includes the annual international workshop on acceptance and integration of foreign nationals in Japan co-organized with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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