Migration Management


IOM Expert and Ukrainian Border Guard interviewing a migrant in detention (2010)

IOM is assisting the Ukrainian Government to develop a comprehensive migration and border management systems by enhancing its capacity to manage migration flows, in line with the EU-Ukraine cooperation on migration and particularly visa dialogue.

IOM works with the State Migration Service of Ukraine, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (SBGS), the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the Office of the Ombudsperson and the Ministry of Social Policy, other state agencies as well as civil society, to institutionalize best practices in the field of migration and border management.

IOM supports the Ukrainian migration authorities in transferring adopted legislative and administrative reforms related to the visa liberalization with the EU from paper to practice, which is a prerequisite for visa-free travel for citizens of Ukraine to the EU.

IOM assists the EU and Ukraine in the monitoring of their readmission agreement, in particular by studying the situation of readmitted individuals and their needs from a rights-based perspective to inform policy decisions.

Focusing on long-term impact and sustainable solutions, IOM also supports the SBGS’s transformation towards an EU-type law enforcement agency practicing integrated border management through assisting the Service to reform its operational management, training, human resources and career development systems.

In the framework of its efforts to build capacity in migration and border management, IOM produces analytical studies and briefs and provides advice and counsel on the development and amendment of legislative acts related to migration management and border management pursuant to recognized international standards.

Since the end of 2013, IOM has been acting as the implementing partner of the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM), an advisory, technical body mandated to enhance the border management capacities of the border guard and customs authorities and other state agencies of Moldova and Ukraine.

EUBAM, by offering comprehensive support to the partners on EU best practice from its headquarters in Odessa and six field offices on either side of the Moldova/Ukraine common border (3 on the Moldovan side, 3 on the Ukrainian side), envisages that border and customs procedures and standards in MD/UA will ultimately mirror those prevalent in the European Union. On a broader context and within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy, EUBAM is a unique instrument by which the EU strives on the one hand to encourage the movement of legitimate trade and travel, and on the other hand to guarantee security for its citizens and tackle criminality.

A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the European Commission, the government of Moldova, and the government of Ukraine in late 2005 is the legal basis for EUBAM, while an advisory board – which meets twice a year – acts as the Mission’s governing body. The Mission’s six cherished core values are neutrality, partnership, reliability, results, service and transparency. The mandate of the Mission has already been extended three times (in 2007, 2009 and 2011), with the current mandate expiring on 30 November, 2015.

For more information, please explore the EUBAM website:  http://eubam.org/en and in the information on the project (to download publication of EU funded grants and procurement contracts).


Photos of IOM Ukraine's migration management projects