What Do We Do?

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration. We work closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 155 member states, a further 11 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. Our Constitution recognises the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement. We work in the four broad areas of migration management:

 

IOM opened an office in Ireland in 2001, with Ireland becoming a full member government of IOM in 2002. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people. 
 
IOM activities that cut across these areas include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants’ rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration. For more information on the work of IOM, visit our global website here.