International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Edited by: Tom Lansford

In: Political Handbook of the World 2018–2019

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

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  • Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations
    Organización Internacional para las Migraciónes


    Established: On December 5, 1951, in Brussels, Belgium, as a provisional movement to facilitate migration from Europe; formal constitution effective November 30, 1954; present name adopted in November 1989.

    Purpose: To advance understanding of the causes and effects of migration; to collect, analyze, and disseminate information on migrant rights and welfare; to provide a forum for discussion of practical solutions to migration issues; to assist states in managing migration through resettlement, immigration, and the return and reintegration of migrants, refugees, displaced persons, and former combatants.

    Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.

    Principal Organs: Council (all members and observer states), Executive Committee (33 members), Director General’s Office.


    Director General: Antonio Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino (Portugal).

    Membership (172): Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, ...

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