IOM and France
France was a founding member of the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration (ICEM) in 1951, then left from 1966 to 1981 since the original mission of the Organization related to post-war population movements had been completed. It was then an observer state to the Organization before its full reintegration in 1992, noting the need for further humanitarian operations in the field of migration. France continues to participate increasingly in IOM activities.
The Role of IOM in France
IOM seeks to promote a balanced and coherent migration debate in France to highlight the opportunities it offers and propose responses to the challenges it poses.
In collaboration with French institutions and associations, and in coordination with other international organizations, IOM France develops its action and expertise in the following areas:
- Operational support to regular migration through family reunification programs and resettlement of refugees. IOM assists the beneficiaries of these programmes during transit at the airport Roissy - Charles de Gaulle. Around 500 beneficiaries transit every month under the auspices of IOM France.
- As part its reintegration programme, IOM also assists migrants to develop, in their countries of origin, income-generating projects and jobs for themselves and for their community.
- Increasing knowledge on the situation of migrants in France: IOM France participates in various transnational projects aimed at improving the knowledge of authorities on issues related to migration (trafficking, integration, hosting refugees, etc.) to publicize the work of the various players involved in these areas and to encourage their cooperation.
France IOM works closely with its national and international partners: international organizations, ministries, public and private institutions, advisory bodies, associations, and more
For more information (in French), visit the IOM France website at www.iomfrance.org.