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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. Following the Agreement's ratification by the National Assembly of the Republic of Azerbaijan on 8 February 2000, the Council of IOM, at its 81st Session in Geneva, accepted Azerbaijan as an IOM Member State on 7 June 2001.
Since the inauguration of its Baku office in January 1996, IOM has been implementing a variety of projects in line with its mission to assist the Government of Azerbaijan in meeting the operational challenges of migration, advance understanding of migration issues, encourage social and economic development, and uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants. More specifically, the intervention areas of IOM in Azerbaijan through the provision of technical assistance to the government are:
- Legislation development and adjustment
- Border management;
- Prevention of irregular migration, in particular human smuggling and human trafficking;
- Facilitation of migration dialogue;
- Community development and micro credits;
- Provision of water by rehabilitation of subterranean water systems called 'chaheriz';
- Movement assistance; and
- Assisted voluntary return and reintegration.
For more information, visit the IOM Azerbaijan website.