International Migration Organization IMO

in french: Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations OIM, in spanish: Organizacion International para las Migraciones OIM. – Linked on our blogs with Desert Flower Foundation, with C’est l’ignorance qui tue – Waris Dirie revient sur son combat contre les mutilations génitales féminines MGF (same in english), with Supporting the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation in the Context of Migration IOM, with Promouvoir l’Abandon des Mutilations Génitales Féminines dans le Contexte Migratoire, with Give someone you never met, a gift they will never forget, and with Clinic to fight taboo of female mutilation.

  • Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.
  • With 132 member states, a further 17 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 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, including refugees and internally displaced people … //
  • …IOM General Information Folder in pdf … (full text about IOM).

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Addresses (1 of many): International Organization for Migration IOM, Headquarters, 17, Route des Morillons, CH-1211 Geneva 19, Switzerland;

About Migration: Migration is considered one of the defining global issues of the early twenty-first century, as more and more people are on the move today than at any other point in human history. There are now about 192 million people living outside their place of birth, which is about three per cent of the world’s population.

This means that roughly one of every thirty-five persons in the world is a migrant. Between 1965 and 1990, the number of international migrants increased by 45 million-an annual growth rate of about 2.1 per cent. The current annual growth rate is about 2.9 per cent.

Discourse on migration involves many perspectives. There is growing recognition that migration is an essential and inevitable component of the economic and social life of every State, and that orderly and properly managed migration can be beneficial for both individuals and societies. The multiple and complex dimensions of migration include:

  • labour migration
  • family reunification
  • migration and security
  • combating irregular migration
  • migration and trade
  • migrant rights
  • health and migration
  • integration
  • migration and development.

Policy makers and practitioners need to develop a comprehensive understanding of the multi-dimensional phenomenon of migration in order to manage it effectively. A comprehensive and cooperative approach to international migration management is required to deal with the migration pressures of  this century. Such an approach will include policies and programmes for migration and development, facilitating migration, regulating migration, and forced migration. To be successful, international migration management cannot be undertaken by governments unilaterally.

There are many global trends behind today’s mobile world that will impact migration and migration management, including:

  • demographic trends
  • economic disparities between developing and developed countries
  • trade liberalization necessitating a more mobile labour force
  • communication networks linking all parts of the world
  • transnational migration.

In the twenty-first century, the movement of people will become even more significant as a result of these trends:

Economic liberalization: … (full long text about Migration).

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