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WHO WE AREThe International Organization for Migration (IOM) is part of the United Nations System as the leading inter-governmental organization promoting since 1951 humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all, with 175 member states and a presence in 171 countries.
Our WorkAs the leading inter-governmental organization promoting since 1951 humane and orderly migration, IOM plays a key role to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through different areas of intervention that connect both humanitarian assistance and sustainable development.
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The International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Immigration and Border Management (IBM) Division supports States in strengthening the operational capability of border management systems and enhancing concerted border management cooperation between various stakeholders.
The European Commission developed the concept of integrated border management, which constitutes an essential element of IOM’s programming. It encompasses national and international coordination and cooperation among all relevant authorities and agencies involved in border management and trade facilitation in order to establish effective, efficient and coordinated border management. Integrated border management seeks to enhance three levels of coordination: intra-service, inter-agency and international cooperation.
Maritime Security and Border Management
Crime on the high seas is becoming increasingly sophisticated, endangering human life, national security, the economic growth of entire regions and global safety. Maritime security requires appropriate border control measures along maritime border crossing points to help States better deal with transnational organized crime including piracy, terrorism, migrant smuggling, trafficking in persons and arms proliferation.
To facilitate the safe, orderly and regular movement of goods and persons, the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Immigration and Border Management (IBM) Division supports Member States in the enhancement of maritime security by providing technical guidance on appropriate policies, legislation, administrative structures and operational systems.