IOM Mission to Moldova

The IOM Mission in Moldova opened in 2001, whereas Moldova officially became an IOM Member State in 2003. The Mission’s main commitment follows the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

Being the leading international organization in the migration sphere, according to mutual agreements between IOM and the Government of the Republic of Moldova, the IOM Moldova Mission acts with its partners in the international community within mainly the following four areas:

  • Migration & Development
  • Prevention and Protection (Counter-Trafficking)
  • Migration Management
  • Facilitated Migration

The first three of the above listed themes also make up the departments in the structural organization of the IOM Moldova mission, while 'Facilitated Migration' is run by the Operations department. The Mission also runs a department which deals with finance and administration. Furthermore, IOM Moldova is responsible for providing the EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) with administrative and logistical support. EUBAM is fully funded by the European Commission. In total approximately 40 staff are employed at IOM Mission to Moldova.

The figure below shows the structure and hierarchy of the IOM Mission to Moldova.

About the IOM Moldova Chief of Mission

  Lars Johan Lönnback assumed the position of IOM Chief of Mission in Moldova in September 2018. Lars Johan has worked with IOM since 2010, where he started as Head of Division and Senior Migration Policy Advisor at HQ in Geneva. Lars Johan was most recently posted in Bangkok, Thailand where he was Program Manager within the Bali Process, and Senior Migration Policy Advisor on Migration and Development at the IOM Regional Office for Asia Pacific. Prior to working with IOM, Lars Johan worked for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs posted in Brussels at the Swedish Permanent Representation as Counselor, and at the European Commission as National Expert. Prior to his time in Brussels, Lars Johan was posted in Sarajevo at the Office of the High Representative for the Dayton Peace Accords as political officer. Lars Johan has also prior experience of working with UNHCR in Northern Iraq and the Russian Federation. Lars Johan holds a Master’s Degree in International Law from the University of Stockholm in Stockholm, Sweden. Lars Johan is a Swedish national and speaks English, Italian and French.