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|International and Governmental Organisations
|In this section, you will find links to international
organisations working on migration issues. For comprehensive databases
on Country of Origin information and country-by-country policies and
Legal Information, go to the UNHCR
website research/evaluation section:
International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
|ICMPD is an inter-governmental
organisation based in Vienna that aims to promote comprehensive
and sustainable migration policies and to function as a service
exchange mechanism for governments and organisations primarily
on European migration issues. ICMPD concentrates on policies
and on salient immigration management issues confronting states.
It also acts as secretariat for the Budapest-process, which
deals with harmonising entry control and involves more than
40 states and 10 international organisations. The website has
information on the Budapest process and a limited number of
publications and speeches.
Labour Organisation (ILO)
|The ILO is a UN
specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice
and internationally recognized human and labour rights. It formulates
international labour standards in the form of Conventions and
Recommendations setting minimum standards of basic labour rights:
freedom of association, the right to organize, collective bargaining,
abolition of forced labour, equality of opportunity and treatment,
and other standards regulating conditions across the entire
spectrum of work related issues. It also provides technical
assistance primarily in the fields of: (i) vocational training
and vocational rehabilitation;(ii) employment policy; (iii)
labour administration; (iv) labour law and industrial relations;
(v) working conditions; (vi) management development; (vii) cooperatives;
(viii) social security; (ix) labour statistics and occupational
safety and health. The ILO does research and report on migration-related
issues including migrant workers, social protection, brain drain/gain,
urbanisation etc. The 'Publications' section of the website
lists ILO publications, most of which can be purchased online
and a limited number which can be downloaded for free. The best
thing about the site is the 'Labordoc' bibliographic database,
which lists over 350,000 publications in its library and tells
you if/where to get them online. There is also the 'Laborsta'
database with worldwide labour statistics and 'Natlex' which
monitors national labour laws.
Organisation for Migration (IOM)
|An inter-governmental organisation
with 122 member countries, IOM has the following aims: (i) to
assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration
management; (ii) to advance understanding of migration issues;
(iii) to encourage social and economic development through migration,
and (iv) to uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.
IOM has operations on every continent and works in the following
areas:rapid humanitarian responses to sudden migration flows,
post-emergency return and reintegration programmes, assistance
to migrants on their way to new homes and lives, facilitation
of labour migration, assisted voluntary return for irregular
migrants, recruitment of highly qualified nationals for return
to their countries of origin, aid to migrants in distress, training
and capacity-building of officials, measures to counter trafficking
in persons, migration medical and public health programmes,
mass information and education on migration, research related
to migration management and other services for migrants. It
publishes a number of studies and reports, the IOM research
series, a policy issues series, information sheets and periodicals,
most of which can be searched, viewed and downloaded for free
from the website.
of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
The OECD has a work programme
on International Migration, which includes continued monitoring
of migration movements and policies in Member countries and
outside the OECD area, and in-depth analysis of the economic
and social aspects of migration. This includes the role of
migration in alleviating labor shortages, links between migration,
demography and economic growth, and the fiscal impact of migration.
The OECD publishes the Annual SOPEMI report 'Trends in International
Migration' which analyses recent trends in migration movements
and policies in OECD countries as well as in selected non-member
countries. It includes a description of the flows and channels
of immigration and the nationalities of the migrants concerned.
You can download key migration statistics (inflows and stocks
of foreign-born population, acquisition of citizenship etc)
by country of destination (and gives main countries of origin)
from the website. There are also a number of reports and other
publications on the website, most of which have to be purchased,
but are cheaper to buy in electronic format.
(Management of social transformations) programme promotes
international, comparative and policy-relevant research on
contemporary social transformations. Its priority areas are
currently (i) Globalisation and governance; (ii) Multicultural
and multi-ethnic societies
(Projects focus on social integration of immigrant minority
groups; analysis of political and judicial barriers to citizenship
and basic social services; conflict prevention; and increased
public understanding); and (iii) Urban development and governance.
The website gives and overview of MOST projects, but the most
useful part of the website is probably the publications section,
which can be searched. MOST publishes a Discussion Paper Series,
a Policy Paper series and Research Reports, several of which
are on migration themes and all of which can be downloaded
for free from the website.
|UNICEF Social and Economic Policy - Migration
UNICEF, guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, takes the position that the impact of migration on children, adolescents and women must be seen in the broader context of poverty, regional conflict, gender issues and children’s rights. This website aims to communicate our views and knowledge on social and economic policy issues, focusing on their importance to children and how they should be addressed. The site includes information on the global economic crisis, meetings and conferences, UNICEF's growing Social and Economic Policy Working Briefs and Papers series and links to partner organizations, including the Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty.
Nation's High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
|This site has well maintained
news, statistics (see online data
sources), research and publications sections. The research/evaluation
section includes two useful document databases on over a hundred
countries: (i) Country of Origin information (e.g. country reports
by Amnesty, US Committee of Refugees, US and UK immigration
authorities); (ii) Legal Information (e.g. country immigration,
asylum and citizenship laws). The publications section contains
the UNHCR working paper series 'New Issues in Refugee Research'
where all papers can be downloaded, plus current and archived
copies of the journal 'Refugees Magazine' which can be downloaded.
It also contains the full text of the 1951 UN Refugee Conventions
plus commentary and Q and A about interpretation of the Convention.
Finally, there is a variety of UNHCR publications, handbooks
and manuals on issues such as Refugee Law and refugee protection