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15 Jul 2021

European Economic Area, Switzerland and the United Kingdom – Regional Strategy 2020–2024

The IOM Regional Strategy for the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland and the United Kingdom provides an articulation of the trends observed in the region’s migration landscape. It capitalizes on opportunities from recent developments in the region, such as the Pact on Migration and Asylum, the adoption of the Multi-annual Finance Framework, the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union and the European Green Deal, to further strengthen IOM programming and operations. It also identifies key trends that influence migration in the region and draws on the IOM Strategic Vision, IOM Institutional Strategy on Migration and Sustainable Development, Migration Crisis Operational Framework, Global Compact for Migration and Global Compact on Refugees. 
This Regional Strategy calls for the strengthening of existing partnerships with European Union institutions and agencies and the expansion of ties with civil society organizations, the private sector, academia, think tanks and media. With a focus on the three pillars of the IOM Strategic Vision – resilience, mobility and governance – it aims to strengthen frameworks within the United Nations system and promote institutional development. 

  • Foreword 
  • Acronyms 
  • 1. Introduction 
  • 2. Political and institutional outlook for the region 
  • 3. Migration outlook for the region 
  • 3.1. Key migration and policy trends in the region and potential areas of 
  • expansion for IOM’s work 
  • 4. Regional strategic priorities 
    • 4.1. Resilience 
    • 4.2. Mobility 
    • 4.3. Governance 
  • 5. Institutional development 
  • 6. Concluding statement: IOM in the region in 2024 
  • Annex: IOM in the European Economic Area, Switzerland and the United Kingdom