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IOM in Paraguay

The presence of IOM in Paraguay dates back to 1988, although the recognition of IOM by the Government of Paraguay dates back to 23 April 1953, when Paraguay joined the Organization, being admitted as a founding member on 30 November of the following year. On 24 March 1954, the Government of Paraguay approved the Constitution of the Intergovernmental Committee for Migration (ICM), as IOM was known then, through Decree No. 3870.

In October 1988, the Government of Paraguay promulgated Law No. 1328 sanctioned by the National Congress, which approved the agreement with ICM signed previously in August 1986 on the privileges and immunities that would be awarded to the Organization in Paraguay. The agreement recognized the nature and legal capacity of the Organization to exercise its functions in the country and achieve its objectives, for which offices had been set up in Asuncion.

The law was enacted in December 1993 (No. 264), approving the cooperation agreement between the Government of Paraguay and IOM, which stated that "their common will to strengthen and expand cooperation between the two parties conforms to the dynamics of development programmes, implemented by the Government, and evolution of the programmes and activities carried out by the Organization."

Thematic Areas

  • Counter-Trafficking
  • Policies and Investigation
  • Immigration and Border Management
  • Migration and Health
  • Canada Visa Application Centre

More information (in Spanish) is available on the IOM Paraguay website.

Population (2015):6.6 million
Area:406,752 km sq
Languages:Spanish, Guaraní
Currency:Guaraní (PYG)
GDP per Capita PPP (2014):USD 8,425
HDI Rank (2014):112 of 188
Remittances (2014 estimate):USD 591 million
Net Migration Rate (2015-2020):-2.4 migrants/1,000 population
Immigrants (2015):2.4%
Women as a Percentage of Immigrants (2015):48.0%
Population under 15 (2015):30.1%
Adult HIV Prevalence (2014):0.40%

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Brasilia Avenue N° 1903

Telefax: +595 21 296 882
Email: iomasuncion@iom.int
Website: paraguay.iom.int