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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:
  GFMD 2009     go to site
  GFMD 2008     go to site
  The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) more info   go to site
  International Labour Organisation (ILO) more info   go to site
  International Labour Organisation, Asian Programme on the Governance of Labour Migration     go to site
  International Organisation for Migration (IOM) more info   go to site
  Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) more info   go to site
  UNESCO MOST more info   go to site
  UNICEF Social and Economic Policy - Migration more info   go to site
  United Nation's High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) more info   go to site

The 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.
International 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.
International 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.
Organisation 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.


UNESCO's MOST (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.

United 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 and rights.
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