The International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.
With 173 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. As of September 2016, IOM is part of the UN system as related organization.
- to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration
- to promote international cooperation on migration issues
- to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems
- to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.
The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.
IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management:
- Migration and development
- Facilitating migration
- Regulating migration
- Forced migration.
IOM activities that cut across these areas include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants' rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.
For more information about IOM wordwide, please visit:www.iom.int
The IOM's regular publications, reports, studies, newsletters and manuals can be found here.
Current news, press cover, featured stories can be found in our Press Room: www.iom.int/press-room