International Organization for Migration

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is a United Nations agency that provides services and advice concerning migration to governments and migrants, including internally displaced persons, refugees, and migrant workers.

International Organization for Migration
Formation6 December 1951; 70 years ago (1951-12-06)
TypeUN Agency
HeadquartersGeneva, Switzerland
Membership (2021)
174 member states and 8 observer states
Official languages
English, French and Spanish
Director General
António Vitorino
Revenue (2018)
US$1.87 billion
Staff (2019)

The IOM was established in 1951 as the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration (ICEM) to help resettle people displaced by World War II. It became a United Nations agency in 2016.[1]

The IOM is the principal UN agency working in the field of migration. The IOM promotes humane and orderly migration by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

The IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management: migration and development, facilitating migration, regulating migration, and addressing forced migration.

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