World Migration Report 2018

Increasing understanding of current and strategic migration issues around the world

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IOM Key Statistics

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Overview of IOM’s activities through key statistics 2011-2015
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Migration Governance Framework

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The essential elements for facilitating orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration & mobility of people
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Global Migration Trends 2015

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Snapshot of the major migration trends worldwide 2015
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Global Campaign


No country in the world remains unaffected by international migration flows. Every country is one of origin, transit, destination, or all of these simultaneously.

At the start of the 21st Century, one of every 35 persons is a migrant. This number is even higher in industrialized countries, where one of every ten persons has left their home country. The security and stability of our international system depends in large part on how nations and organizations can work together to ensure the humane and effective management of migration issues.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. IOM is the leading international organization working with migrants and governments alike to address migration challenges, while also recognizing the enormous potential benefits of migration for countries of destination, for migrants themselves, and for their countries of origin.

Established in 1951, IOM became a UN "related" agency in 2016 and currently counts 169 states as members, with another 8 states holding observer status. IOM’s programme budget reached approximately USD 1.47 billion (in 2014), with funding for over 2,400 active programmes and more than 9,000 staff members serving in over 400 field locations in more than 150 countries. And we continue to grow as migration has become a priority for virtually every government in the world.

Building on our expertise and experience, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to promote international cooperation on migration issues, assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

In addition to several policy activities, we work in four broad areas:

  • migration and development
  • facilitating migration
  • regulating migration
  • addressing forced migration

IOM's Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.

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.

Since 2001, IOM’s International Dialgue on Migration (IDM) has been providing an informal forum for policy dialogue and exchange on the full range of migration issues for IOM Member and Observer States, as well as international and non-governmental organizations, migrants, and partners from media, academia or the private sector. The IDM provides a space to analyse current and emerging issues in migration governance and to exchange experiences, policy approaches and effective practices. Workshops elaborate themes and conclude at the IOM Council Sessions. The IDM is steered by the IOM membership. The 2015 IDM will address ‘Migrants and Cities’.

For more comprehensive information on IOM and its work around the world, please visit  IOM's Global Website.


IOM: Providing Humane Responses to the Challenges of the 21st Century