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“The Shelter Taught Me to Smile Again"

Gulnara’s* problems began when her husband abandoned her, forcing her to care for her 12-year-old daughter alone in Azerbaijan. As a single mother with no more than a high school diploma, she was only able to find occasional work as a house cleaner.

At first, she made enough money to support herself and her daughter, but then her father was diagnosed with a serious illness. The treatment cost more than her monthly income.

Migration In the Spotlight as RD Visits Azerbaijan

Argentina Szabados, IOM’s Regional Director for Southeastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia was in Azerbaijan this week where she met with the head of the State Migration Service, Vusal Huseynov, who noted that the main priority for the State Migration Service is the deepening of existing international cooperation, strengthening Azerbaijan’s position at the global level in the migration field.

Environmental migration and displacement in Azerbaijan: Highlighting the need for research and policies

Date of publication: 
Apr 01, 2016
Azerbaijan is exposed to several environmental challenges. Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods and landslides, have displaced thousands of people in recent years while slow-onset processes, such as salinization, rising temperatures, sea-level fluctuation, droughts and soil degradation are increasingly affecting communities and livelihoods.

Handbook on European Non-discrimination Law and its Update including the Manual on the Anti-discrimination Legal Framework and Referral Mechanism in Azerbaijan

Date of publication: 
Jan 01, 2013
The Manual seeks to enhance awareness of legal practitioners such as judges, prosecutors and lawyers, as well as law-enforcement officers on the non-discrimination principles and to contribute to promoting their full-fledged understanding and practice on human rights protection. Manual is available in both English and Azerbaijani languages.

Needs Assessment: Counter-trafficking Response in the Republic of Azerbaijan

Date of publication: 
Jan 01, 2017
Over the last half decade, IOM has implemented many counter-trafficking actions in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Although there have been major improvements in efforts to combat trafficking in human beings (THB) within these countries, as the modes of operation of traffickers continue to evolve, States need to ensure that interventions continue to address the needs of victims on the ground while at the same time focusing on targeted capacity-building of law enforcement.

Caring for Trafficked Persons: Guidance for Health Providers



Date of publication: 
Jan 01, 2009
For many trafficked persons, the physical and psychological aftermath of a trafficking experience can be severe and enduring. Health providers may come into contact with victims of trafficking at different stages of the trafficking process and at different stages of their recovery. For health practitioners, diagnosing and treating trafficked persons can be exceptionally challenging.

Sığınacaq, sərhəd və immiqrasiya məsələlərinə dair Avropa qanunvericiliyi üzrə vəsait (The Handbook on European Law Relating to Asylum, Borders and Immigration)

Date of publication: 
Jan 01, 2016
2011-ci ilin mart ayında Fundamental Hüquqlar üzrə Avropa İttifaqı Agentliyi və Avropa İnsan Hüquqları Məhkəməsi ilk birgə layihənin nəticəsi olaraq ayrı-seçkilik әleyhinә Avropa hüququ üzrə məlumat kitabı dərc etdirmişdir.


IOM’s presence in Azerbaijan dates back to 1996 with the establishment of the IOM Baku office in January. In August 2006, IOM's sub-office in the country was opened in Mingachevir. The sub-office in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic operated from 1998 to 2011. On 8 December 1999, the Agreement establishing the legal basis for further cooperation between IOM and the Republic of Azerbaijan in handling migration issues was signed.