IOM's Mission in Norway was established in 2002 upon request of the Norwegian Government. The first programme implemented in Norway was the Voluntary Assisted Return Programme (VARP). VARP is a programme offered to asylum seekers and other irregular migrants in Norway. It aims to provide assistance for those planning to return voluntarily to their home countries. Read more about Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration.
IOM Norway also provides pre-departure cultural orientation classes for refugees accepted for resettlement to Norway. The programme also runs seminars for Norwegian municipalities. Read more about Migrant Training and Integration.
IOM Norway's office is located centrally in Oslo with staff who, between them, speak more than 20 different languages. No appointment is necessary to visit the office, which is open between 10:00 – 15:00, Monday to Friday. All enquiries to IOM are treated confidentially and there is no need to give your name in order to receive a consultation.
The Kingdom of Norway is a long-standing member of IOM and is one of the organization’s 169 member states.