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International Organization for Migration (IOM)



  Dec 20, 2023

International Organization for Migration (IOM)



What is the IOM?

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is a leading intergovernmental organization established in 1951, focusing on all aspects of migration.

How many members are in the IOM?

IOM has 175 member states, with an additional 8 states holding observer status.

Where does the IOM operate?

The IOM has offices in 171 countries around the world.

What are the main goals of the IOM?

The IOM aims to ensure orderly and humane management of migration, promote international cooperation on migration issues, seek practical solutions to migration problems, and provide humanitarian assistance to migrants, including refugees and internally displaced persons.

What does the IOM Constitution recognize?

The IOM Constitution acknowledges the link between migration and economic, social, and cultural development, as well as the right to freedom of movement.

What are the four broad areas of IOM’s work?

IOM’s work is categorized into:

Migration and development
Facilitating migration
Regulating migration
Forced migration

What are some cross-cutting activities of the IOM?

Cross-cutting activities include promoting international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protecting migrants’ rights, addressing migration health, and focusing on the gender dimension of migration.

Where is the IOM headquartered?

The IOM is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

What is the relationship between IOM and the United Nations?

The IOM works autonomously with the United Nations and other such agencies to address complex migration challenges.


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