IOM posits the principle that migrations in good order and respect for human dignity are beneficial for migrants and society.
As the leading international organization in the field of migration, IOM works with its partners in the international community to:
Contribute to concretely meeting the growing challenges posed by the management of migratory flows,
Foster understanding of migration issues,
Promote economic and social development through migration, and
Work for the respect of human dignity and the well-being of migrants.
IOM Strategic Direction
To provide safe, reliable, flexible and cost-effective services to those in need of international migration assistance.
Strengthen the humane and orderly management of migration and the effective respect of the human rights of migrants, in accordance with international law.
To provide States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders with specialized advice and support for research, technical cooperation and operations, in order to strengthen national capacities and facilitate international cooperation, regional and bilateral migration issues.
Contribute to the economic and social development of States through research, dialogue, development and implementation of migration-related programs aimed at maximizing the benefits of migration.
Helping States, migrants and communities to meet the challenges of irregular migration, including research and root cause analysis, information sharing and the spread of best practices, and finding solutions that promote Development.
Serve as a key reference point for information on migration, research, best practices, data collection, compatibility and exchange.
Promote, facilitate and support regional and global migration debate and dialogue, including through the International Dialogue on Migration, to promote understanding of the opportunities and challenges it presents it poses, to help identify and develop effective policies to address these challenges, and to identify comprehensive approaches and actions that can advance international cooperation.
Helping States to facilitate the integration of migrants into their new environment and to engage diasporas, among others as development partners.
Participate in coordinated humanitarian responses in the context of inter-agency arrangements and provide migration services in other crisis or post-crisis situations, as appropriate, according to the expectations of the individuals involved, contributing thereby protecting them.
Undertake programs to facilitate the voluntary return and reintegration of refugees, internally displaced persons, migrants and other persons in need of international migration services, in cooperation with other relevant international organizations as appropriate, and taking into account needs and concerns of local communities.
Assist States in developing and implementing programs, studies and technical expertise to combat the smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons, including women and children, in a manner consistent with international law.
Support state efforts in the field of labor migration, including short-term movements, and other types of circular migration.