IOM in the North Pacific at a Glance
IOM established its first office in the region in Majuro in May 2009. The opening of the sub-regional Head Office in Pohnpei followed a few months later. The FSM has been a member state since December 2011 and the RMI acceded to membership on 26 November, 2013.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) established a presence in Micronesia in March 2008 with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The main office was located at the PT&S Building, Airport Road, Pohnpei, and was then relocated to the Pohn Umpomp Building, Nett Municipality in October 2010. A sub-office was established in Majuro, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) in May 2009, followed by another sub-office in Yap State, FSM in November 2009.
The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) became an IOM member state in December 2011 during the 100th Council Session of IOM and the Organization’s 60 year anniversary. On February 17, 2012, the FSM government signed a bi-lateral Host Agreement with IOM, cementing IOM status as an intergovernmental organization in the northern Pacific region.
The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) signed a grant agreement with IOM in March 2012, which provides funding for a three year program aimed at assisting vulnerable communities in the FSM and RMI in adapting to climate change while also increasing their resilience to natural hazards. The program is referred to as the Climate Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Education (CADRE) Program and further information on this program is available on this website.