IOM Myths Busted
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is an intergovernmental body that has dramatically expanded in scope and scale over the last decade. The IOM’s budget rose four-fold from US$ 242.2 million in 1998 to US$ 1.3 billion in 2011. IOM projects now go well beyond the organisation’s mission statement of “humane and orderly migration” and the IOM is operational in conflict zones across the world.
However, the IOM receives very little attention compared to the amount of scrutiny leveled at much smaller NGO’s. The British Government funded various IOM projects to the tune of £21.4 million (US$ 34.6m) in 2011, almost double the £12.6m that it donated to Oxfam .
This series of blog posts is a major new exposé which aims to debunk several common myths about the IOM and call to attention its dubious agenda. It is written in solidarity with the recent protests against the IOM by displaced people in Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
- Myth number 1: The IOM is a UN agency
- Myth number 2: The IOM is a humanitarian organisation
- Myth number 3: The IOM help migrants who want to return home voluntarily
- Myth number 4: The IOM monitors the safety of Tamils returned to Sri Lanka
- Myth number 5: The IOM rehabilitates ex-LTTE combatants
 In FY March 2011-2012