Inter-Regional Forums on Migration
Inter-regional Forums on Migration (IRFs) are state-led, informal and non-binding dialogues on migration usually connecting two or more regions. IRFs share information and experiences and seek to find common solutions in the area of migration and the migration-development context. They thus also offer useful good practices and “lessons learned”. IRFs do not have the regular and informal levels of consultation commonly associated with RCPs and may take the form of broad and inclusive forum events that are largely unrestricted in their number of participants.
The IRFs address various areas of migration management: labour migration, migration and development, irregular migration, migrant’s rights, human trafficking, migrant smuggling, etc.
Note: The term IRF was coined in 2010. Until then the general term for any migration dialogue process was RCP. The term RCP is still used to denote any regional and inter-regional dialogue process on migration.
IOM’s Role in IRFs
IOM participates in several IRFs in various capacities, either as secretariat but often also as technical expert at the request of participating states — undertaking research studies, implementing agreed project activities, providing policy advice and carrying out capacity building activities.
(i) Collecting and sharing information from all IRFs on the IOM website (https://www.iom.int/ inter-regional-forums) and in the RCP/IRF Newsletter;
(ii) Providing an overview of all important IRF meetings through the RCP/IRF Meetings Calendar;
(iii) Facilitating information sharing and cross-fertilization between IRFs and RCPs and their Secretariats;
(iv) Coordinating IOM participation in IRF / RCP events.
Africa – Europe
Americas – Europe
Ibero-American Network of Migration Authorities (RIAM)
Africa – Asia -- Americas – Europe
Asia – Europe
Budapest Process [please add the new hyperlink]
Asia – Middle East
Europe – Asia – Americas
Europe – Asia – Americas –the Middle East