Family reunited with assistance from IOM
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. In 2016 IOM joined the UN system as the UN Migration Agency.
With 166 member states, a further 8 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, policy advice and recommendations 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 challenges and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.
The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.
IOM operates in the areas of migration and development, facilitating migration, regulating migration and forced migration. IOM’s 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.
Read IOM’s Constitution (The IOM Constitution provides a framework for the purposes, functions, legal status, finance, membership and other issues necessary for the functioning of the Organization.)