Migration Research

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) conducts and supports research designed to guide and inform migration policy and practice. The Migration Policy Research Division is based in IOM Headquarters within the Department of International Cooperation and Partnerships, and has the institutional responsibility for supporting the conduct and management of applied research on salient migration topics. Research is designed to enhance IOM's programme delivery and contribute to broader understandings of migration patterns and processes as well as the links between migration research and migration policy and practice. Research also feeds directly into IOM’s role as a publisher of applied research findings, including through IOM's flagship publication the World Migration Report, papers published in the Migration Research Series, and IOM Migration Profiles.

The Migration Policy Research’s Strategic Objectives include:

  • Contribute to IOM's efforts to inform and shape migration policy agendas through policy oriented research.
  • Support and strengthen research expertise within the Organization; provide technical support and guidance to Field Offices and Headquarters Departments in developing (and implementing) research projects; and review final reports/research/studies for publication.
  • Provide technical expert advice to governments and institutions; support efforts to enhance research capacities of governments and other bodies in order to contribute to sound policy-making.
  • Monitor and support IOM migration research activities, and contribute to the knowledge base through gathering lessons learned and identifying best practices in activities related to migration research.
  • Identify, promote and foster strategic and technical partnerships globally in the area of migration research.
  • Initiate research/studies in strategic areas of interest designed to enhance and improve IOM's programme delivery.