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WHO WE AREThe International Organization for Migration (IOM) is part of the United Nations System as the leading inter-governmental organization promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all since 1951, with 175 member states and a presence in over 100 countries. IOM has had a presence in Austria since 1952.
Our WorkAs the leading inter-governmental organization promoting humane and orderly migration, IOM plays a key role to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through different areas of intervention that connect both humanitarian assistance and sustainable development. Across Austria, IOM analyses national migration issues and emerging trends to develop and implement projects and programmes.
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Stories of Return and Reintegration
Within the framework of the project RESTART III*, IOM Austria compiled a booklet on Stories of Return and Reintegration in cooperation with key stakeholders from the return and reintegration field such as the Austrian Ministry of the Interior and Caritas Austria as well as the respective reintegration partners in the countries of return.
The booklet provides an insight in the life of 11 migrants who voluntarily returned from Austria to their countries of origin with the support of the Austrian return and reintegration system. The stories will guide you through different regions of the world – from South Asia to the Middle East all over to North and Sub-Saharan Africa. They will bring you in touch with migrants who currently live in Bangladesh, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Mongolia, Nigeria, the Russian Federation (Chechen Republic), Somalia (Somaliland) and Tunisia.
Through their return stories, migrants share their personal experiences. They reflect the diversity of people of various ages and backgrounds, with various reasons for returning as well as the realities in different regions and countries. The booklet reveals different feelings and concerns of returnees but also shows perspectives and possibilities.
*This project is co-financed by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) of the European Union and the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior.