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International Organization for Migration /IOM/


After half a century of worldwide operational experience, IOM has become the leading international organization working with migrants and governments to provide humane responses to migration challenges.Established in 1951 as an intergovernmental organization to resettle European displaced persons, refugees and migrants, IOM has now grown to encompass a variety of migration management activities throughout the world.

With offices and operations on every continent, IOM helps governments and civil society through:

• rapid humanitarian responses to sudden migration flows;
• post-emergency return and reintegration programmes,
• assistance to migrants on their way to new homes and lives;
• facilitation of labour migration, assisted voluntary return for irregular migrants; recruitment of highly qualified nationals for return to their countries

of origin,
• aid to migrants in distress;
• training and capacity-building of officials;
• Measures to counter trafficking in persons;
• Migration medical and public health programmes;
• mass information and education on migration;
• research related to migration management and other services for migrants.

While not part of the United Nations system, IOM maintains close working relations with UN bodies and operational agencies. IOM has as partners a wide range of international and non-governmental organizations.

Further details can be found on the IOM web site