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International Organization for Migration

Headquarters: 17 Route des Morillons, C.P. 17, CH–1211 Geneva 19, Switzerland. Mailing address, P.O. Box 71, CH–1211, Geneva 19, Switzerland

011-41-22-717-9111 | Email:

Washington Office: Suite 700, 1752 N Street NW., Washington, DC 20036


New York Office: 122 E. 42d Street, 48th Floor, New York, NY 10168


Deputy Director GeneralLaura Thompson

Chief of Mission–Washington, DCLuca Dall'Oglio

Director, IOM Office to the United NationsAshraf El Nour

The above list of key personnel was updated 09–2017.

The above list of key personnel was updated 09–2017.

The International Organization for Migration addresses the underlying issues of migration, answers the operational challenges of migration management, promotes economic and social development through migration, champions the dignity and well-being of migrants, and challenges the xenophobic narrative directed at them.

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration. With 166 member states, an additional 8 states holding observer status, and offices in over 100 countries, the IOM promotes humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to migrants and governments, while working in close cooperation with governmental, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental partners. The IOM has observer status to the United Nations.

The Organization works with its partners in the following areas: meeting the operational challenges of migration management, increasing understanding of migration issues, encouraging social and economic development through migration, and upholding the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

The Organization has been at the forefront of emergency response to ensure assistance and protection to stranded migrants and displaced persons. It has a lead role under the UN Cluster Approach in camp coordination and management in natural disasters and is a key partner in emergency shelter, logistics, health, protection, and early recovery.

IOM expertise and services support the following activities: secure, reliable, and cost-effective assistance for migrating persons; humane and orderly management of migration and the effective respect for migrants' human rights; technical cooperation and operational assistance for building national capacities and facilitating cooperation on issues relevant to migration; helping states to integrate migrants into their new environment and to engage diasporas as development partners; advising states in the development and delivery of programs and technical expertise to combat migrant smuggling and human trafficking; working with national health systems to reduce mortality, morbidity, and disabilities and to enhance access to rights-based health and well-being services throughout the migration cycle; and partnering with states to address labor migration.

Sources of Information


The IOM maintains a blog on its Web site.

Business Opportunities

Information on procurement opportunities is available online.

Career Opportunities

Current job vacancies in various countries are posted online.


IOM maintains more than 480 country offices and sub-offices worldwide.

Español / Français

Spanish and French versions of the Web site can be accessed by using language links at the top of the home page.


A list of key migration terms that is based on the IOM's "Glossary on Migration" is available online.


Originally known as the Provisional Intergovernmental Committee for the Movement of Migrants from Europe, the IOM got its start amidst the chaos and displacement caused by WWII. Today, the IOM is the leading international agency working to advance the understanding of migration issues, encourage social and economic development through migration, and uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants. To learn more of the IOM story, which began in 1951, visit the "IOM History" page.

Organizational Chart

The IOM's organizational chart is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading.

Press Room

The IOM posts featured stories, news, radio and television interviews, and more on its Web site.


Visit the online bookstore to see IOM publications in English, French, and Spanish.

Regional Geographic Coverage

A map of IOM regional geographic coverage is available online.

A list of IOM regional geographic coverage also is available online.

Regional Offices

Regional office staff reviews and endorses projects and provides technical support to Country Offices. Descriptions of and contact information for the IOM's nine regional offices are available online.

Social Media

The IOM has a Facebook account.

The IOM tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.

The IOM posts videos on its YouTube channel.

United Nations

Information on the IOM's Office to the United Nations is available online. | Email: | Email:

For further information, contact the International Organization for Migration–Headquarters, P.O. Box 71, CH–1211, Geneva 19, Switzerland.