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The International Organization for Migration

Established in 1951, IOM is the principal intergovernmental organization in the field of migration. We are growing rapidly and currently count 157 member states and a further 10 states have observer status, as do numerous international and non-governmental organizations.

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.

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, be they refugees, displaced persons or other uprooted people.

IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management: migration and development, facilitating migration, regulating migration, and addressing forced migration.

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IOM Office to the United Nations

IOM was granted Permanent Observer status to the United Nations General Assembly in 1992. A cooperation agreement between IOM and the United Nations was signed in 1996. IOM joined the United Nations system as a related organization in September 2016 during the United Nations General Assembly high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants. You can read a press note on the occasion here

At the IOM Office to the United Nations, we contribute to the political, social, economic and humanitarian debate and action on migration and human mobility within the multilateral framework of international dialogue and cooperation with the United Nations. 

We seek to strengthen IOM's relations with diplomatic missions and NGOs by contributing to their understanding of migration issues, facilitating international policy dialogues on migration and by bringing attention to migration-related implications in other policy debates on issues ranging from peace and security to human and sustainable development to humanitarian response.

The IOM Office to the United Nations follows a broad range of issues related specifically to economic, social, humanitarian, and administrative fields and covers general United Nations' consideration of migration-related issues.

The IOM Office to the United Nations also coordinates, guides and advises our Organization and its offices worldwide on policies, programming and funding with respect to a wide range of multi-donor trust funds based in New York.