The ability to address migration issues comprehensively and cooperatively is today a fundamental requirement for responsible national governance, effective international relations and full participation in international or regional institutions. While the prevailing view is that migration has been mainly a positive force for development in both countries of origin and destination, unregulated migration can have social, financial and political costs for individuals, societies and governments alike. Comprehensive, transparent and coherent approaches to immigration and border management processes, involving all countries in the migration continuum, can help minimize the negative impact of migration and preserve its integrity as a natural social process.
As the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration, IOM is increasingly called upon by States to assist in addressing complex border management challenges. In general, IOM’s immigration and border management programmes encompass seven broad areas of expertise: (1) Border and migration management assessments; (2) Capacity-building for Border and Migration Management; (3) Border management; (4) Identity Management; (5) curbing people smuggling; (6) migration data management, intelligence and risk analysis; (7) immigration and visa support solutions.
IOM Indonesia works closely with the government principally in the areas of border and migration management assessment and curbing people smuggling. IOM Indonesia’s endeavours to combat people smuggling was first initiated in 2000, and have since expanded significantly.
With funding support from various donors such as Australia and Canada, a number of projects have been launched to support the Government of Indonesia’s continuing efforts in the area of migration management, and combatting people smuggling. All project interventions were designed to directly support the Government’s policies and priorities.