Assisting Displaced Persons and the Affected Communities

Сrimean Tatar family, displaced to Vinnytsia, was supported by IOM with an oven, a fridge and a business training and now cooks traditional dishes for sale



IOM continues its efforts to foster income opportunities for IDPs and host communities’ members. In January 2017, the training sessions on self-employment, micro-business and professional orientation for internally displaced persons and conflict-affected population have started as part of a new IOM project, funded by the UK Department for International Development. The project covers 24 regions of Ukraine and will provide training opportunities for over 2,300 people. Out of them, approximately 65% will receive grants ranging between GBP 350 – 1,700, in accordance with their specific needs and established criteria.

Similarly, within another livelihoods project funded by the EU, IOM is planning to train additional 1,850 people, and out of them, 950 participants are expected to receive grants for vocational education or equipment up to EUR 2,150 later this year.

From 2014 till 2016, IOM has already provided self-employment and business training for some 5,500 IDPs and conflict affected people, of whom, over 3,300 people received grants for vocational training, self-employment or micro-business.




Since 2015, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has successfully implemented social cohesion projects in 61 communities, mainly in the East of Ukraine (Donetsk (government-controlled areas), Luhansk (government-controlled areas), Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia, Odesa regions).

However, based on recent studies on the situation of internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in host communities and social coherence processes, IOM team has decided to expand social cohesion project to other regions of Ukraine.

For that purpose, a Call for Partners has been announced to select communities willing to take part in the project. The main criteria for participation were: 500+ IDPs residing in the community, presence of initiative group (at least 15 persons, including IDPs, local residents, national minorities, people with disabilities etc.), availability of a public facility where social cohesion activities will be implemented, and ideas of activities promoting social stabilization and confidence-building in communities. Communities for social cohesion project were selected based on submitted applications and field visits conducted by IOM representatives.

Selected communities Initiative groups members have passed three-day trainings on social cohesion, mobilization of resources, project development and communications. During the training they have analyzed problems existing in their community, and developed a plan of social cohesion activities to be implemented in the framework of the project. IOM has supported those trainings and procurement of materials, necessary for implementations of activities. Examples of such activities are as follows but not limited to:

Culture: concerts, festivals, exhibitions;

Education: master-classes, hobby-clubs;

Sports activities: sports competitions, festivals, initiatives promoting healthy lifestyle;

Other: workshops, round tables, flesh mobs, eco initiatives, etc.

Training on social cohesion has been already conducted in Drohobych and Ivano-Frankivsk, and will be conducted in Izium, Novomoskovsk, Pavlohrad, Kupiansk, Balakliya, Chuhuiv, Melitopol, Prymorsk, Irpen, Mariupol.

Social cohesion component is implemented under the project "Supporting Recovery and Sustainable Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons and the Conflict-Affected Population in Ukraine", funded by the European Union. The project will last till July 2018 and will cover over 35 000 beneficiaries all over Ukraine.

Selection of communities for project Implementation is still going on and communities willing to join the project may apply answering the call for partners. Detailed information can be found at



IOM has implemented a number of activities that involve both IDPs and the local population to develop projects to improve social infrastructure such as the expansion of schools and kindergartens or playgrounds; improvement of primary health care facilities and health posts; development and improvement of infrastructure, culture and recreation facilities; or other similar initiatives that could potentially lead to the improvement of quality of life in the area.

Currently, 20 communities in Donetsk and Luhansk regions are benefitting from the Donbas community stabilization project, funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by IOM.



The National Toll-Free Hotline to support IDPs is run by Donbas SOS NGO. The hotline operates within the framework of the EU-funded project “Supporting Recovery and Sustainable Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons and the Conflict-Affected Population in Ukraine” implemented by the IOM Mission in Ukraine.



IOM's assistance to internally displaced persons in Ukraine photo gallery



a toll-free hotline to provide information to IDPs