International Organization for Migration

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

With 127 member states, a further 17 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 both governments and migrants.

The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development.  IOM  also works  to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management:

  • Migration and Development
  • Facilitating migration (including migrant integration)
  • Regulating migration
  • Forced Migration

IOM activities that cut across these areas include international migration law, policy and guidance, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.

See Migrant Integration on IOM’s website