International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Organisation internationale pour les migrations (OIM)
Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM)

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1951-12-05 Brussels Belgium


Founded in Brussels (Belgium), following International Migration Conference attended by 16 governments. Constitution came into force 30 Nov 1954. Full juridical personality in each member country. New constitution, including a change in name, approved 20 May 1987; entered into force and current name adopted, 14 Nov 1989, when two thirds of member states formally notified their acceptance; amendments adopted 24 Nov 1998, which entered into force 21 Nov 2013.


Promote humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all by providing services and advice to governments and migrants; promote international cooperation on migration issues; aid in the search for practical solutions to migration problems; provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, whether refugees, displaced persons or other uprooted people.


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Council (at least annually), decision-making body, comprises representatives of all member governments. Administration, comprising Director General, Deputy Director General and staff. Standing Committee on Programmes and Finances (usually meets twice a year). Offices in over 150 countries; field locations (over 400). Regional offices (9): Dakar (Senegal); Nairobi (Kenya); Cairo (Egypt); Pretoria (South Africa); San José (Costa Rica); Buenos Aires (Argentina); Bangkok (Thailand); Brussels (Belgium); Vienna (Austria). Special Liaison Offices (2): New York NY (USA); Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). Administrative Centres (2): Panama (Panama); Manila (Philippines). Country Offices with Coordinating Functions (5): Canberra (Australia); Rome (Italy); Astana (Kazakhstan); Georgetown (Guyana); Bangkok (Thailand). Country Offices and sub-offices. African Capacity Building Centre (ACBC); E-XM6234 - IOM Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC). Departments (3): Operations and Emergencies; Migration Management; International Cooperation and Partnerships.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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