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12 May 2021

Asia and the Pacific – Regional Strategy 2020–2024

The IOM Regional Strategy for Asia and the Pacific identifies the key migration trends and patterns in the Asia-Pacific region and offers comprehensive strategies to address each core issue. Recognizing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region, the regional strategy aims to cater holistically to migration-related issues – migrants’ health, employment and overall mobility, vulnerable people on the move, and displaced populations – as part of the process of achieving a sustainable recovery from the pandemic. 

The Regional Strategy reflects IOM’s active engagement towards Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. By prioritizing the three pillars of the IOM Strategic Vision – resilience, mobility and governance – it serves as a nexus between the Asia-Pacific community and other global frameworks of relevance, as the international community makes strides in “building back better” from the pandemic. The Regional Strategy supports the active engagement of IOM in global development and promotes stakeholder engagement within the United Nations and beyond.

  • Foreword
  • Acronyms 
  • 1. Introduction 
  • 2. Political and institutional outlook for the region 
    • 2.1. Asia and the Pacific 
    • 2.2. Current and future key partners  
  • 3. Migration outlook for the region  
    • 3.1. Impacts of environmental and climate change on human mobility  
    • 3.2. Demographic shifts 
    • 3.3. Skilling and re-skilling migrants and portability of social protection 
    • 3.4. Irregular migration 
    • 3.5. Child migrants and children “left behind” 
    • 3.6. Displacement 
    • 3.7. Rural-to-urban migration 
    • 3.8. COVID-19 impacts 
  • 4. Regional strategic priorities 
    • 4.1. Resilience 
    • 4.2. Mobility 
    • 4.3. Governance 
    • 4.4. Across pillars  
  • 5. Institutional development  
    • 5.1. Policy capacity and knowledge management (including research and data collection) 
    • 5.2. Monitoring and evaluation 
    • 5.3. Communications and visibility  
    • 5.4. Innovation 
    • 5.5. Staff development  
  • 6. Concluding statement: IOM in the region in 2024 
  • Annex: IOM in Asia and the Pacific