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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



OperationsUgochi F. Daniels
Management and ReformAmy E. Pope

The International Organization for Migration analyzes and addresses underlying issues of migration; deals with the operational challenges of migration management; promotes economic and social development through migration; and champions the dignity and well-being of migrants, while confronting xenophobic narratives that hurt them.


Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration. It was first known as the Provisional Intergovernmental Committee for the Movement of Migrants from Europe. The Committee was active during the 1950s, a time of confusion, displacement, and grief in Western Europe, after the Second World War.

With 174 Member States, an additional 8 states holding observer status, and a presence 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.

Its structure is decentralized, and this decentralization has enabled the IOM to acquire the capacity to deliver an ever-increasing number and diversity of projects at the request of Member States. The Organization's field structure is composed of centers (administrative, African, and global) and offices (country, liaison, and regional).

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


The IOM 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.

Business Opportunities

Information on procurement opportunities is available online.

Career Opportunities

Current job vacancies in various countries are posted online.

Climate Change

The "Institutional Strategy on Migration, Environment and Climate Change 2021–2030" (OCT 2021) promotes a comprehensive, evidence, and rights-based approach to migration in the context of environmental degradation, climate change, and disasters, for the benefit of migrants and societies.

The "IOM Strategic Vision 2019–2023: Setting a course for IOM" (NOV 2019) addresses the problem of climate change in several places. On page 7, it says: "While some groups will be directly affected by climate-induced disasters—such as flooding, droughts and extreme weather events—others will be affected by growing desertification, coastal erosion and infrastructural instability stemming from resource scarcity. This, when combined with continued inequality, ongoing fragility and demographic change, will lead to increased internal, regional and international mobility as individuals, having lost hope in the future of their own countries, search for sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families. Large-scale internal and international mass movements are likely to become more frequent and will evolve more quickly, posing new challenges for overstretched international humanitarian response in regions with limited statehood."

Contact Information

Swiss phone numbers for contacting and addresses for corresponding with and visiting IOM headquarters are available online. | Email:

The Media and Communications Division is responsible for media relations. Email addresses and phone numbers are available for IOM spokespeople and communications, media, press, and public information officers, on the "Media Contacts" web page. | Email:


IOM maintains more than 590 country offices and sub-offices worldwide.

Data / Research

IOM data and research are available online.

Español / Français

Spanish and French versions of the website can be accessed by using language links at the top of the home page, on its right side.


The "IOM Evaluation" web page has recent products that the Office of the Director has proposed.


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 of war. Today, the IOM is the leading international agency focusing on migration. To learn more of the IOM story, visit the "IOM History" page.

Internal Audit Reports

Executive summaries of internal audit reports are posted online.

Press Room

The IOM posts featured stories, news, situation reports, speeches, and statements on its website.


The Department of International Cooperation and Partnerships supports the Migration Policy Research Division, which is where the publications unit is located. The IOM produces many publications, which include National Migration Profiles, the Migration Research Series, the World Migration Report, and other studies and reports. It also produces flyers, information sheets, journals, manuals, and thematic catalogues.

Regional Offices

Regional office personnel review and endorse projects and provide technical support to Country Offices. Descriptions of and contact information for the IOM's nine regional offices are available online.

Site Map

The website map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

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: