International Organization For Migration (IOM)

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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