Since 2007, IOM Indonesia has provided numerous migration management capacity building initiatives with Indonesian government agencies at the local, regional, and national level.  Through partnerships with various government ministries and departments, IOM provides trainings support to frontline police and immigration officers on advanced counter-smuggling of migrants, including interception, investigation as well as ensuring the humane handling of migrants according to international standards.

IOM continues to address the capacity needs to respond to human trafficking, migrant smuggling, and other transnational organized crimes. 

From 2009 to 2014, IOM successfully ran a strategic information campaign known as “Aku Tau,” standing for “I know people smuggling is wrong” in Bahasa Indonesia.  This project aimed to mobilize community engagement to reduce irregular maritime migration. This campaign was targeting entry villages and exit points of irregular migration in Indonesia, including in Tanjung Balai Sub-District in Asahan District, North Sumatera Province, several villages in West Java, East Java Province, Kupang and Ende District, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province, and villages in South East Sulawesi Province.

In 2019, IOM launched another community engagement programme and “Aku Tau” campaign in coastal villages in West Java, East Nusa Tenggara and South East Sulawesi. 

IOM’s support intervention in Indonesia encompasses the following areas:

  1. Capacity building for border and migration management
  2. Integrated border management through efficient and coordinated actions against complex business of transnational organized crimes
  3. Data management
  4. Counter migrant smuggling efforts