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. 

IRFs by Region
Americas – the Caribbean
Ibero-American Forum on Migration and Development (FIBEMYD)

Asia – Europe
The Asia – European Union Meeting’s (ASEM) Conference of the Directors General of Immigration and Management of Migratory Flows
Asia - EU Dialogue on Labour Migration

Europe – Latin America
European Union – Latin America and the Caribbean Structured and Comprehensive Bi-regional Dialogue on Migration

Asia – Middle East
Ministerial Consultations on Overseas Employment and Contractual Ministerial Consultations on Overseas Employment RCP (Abu Dhabi Dialogue)

Africa – Europe
Tripoli Process (Joint Africa-EU Declaration on Migration and Development)
EU-Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative (Khartoum Process)
Africa-EU Partnership on Migration, Mobility and Employment (MME)
5+5 Dialogue on Migration in the Western Mediterranean
Euro-African Dialogue on Migration and Development (Rabat Process)
Mediterranean Transit Migration (MTM)

Europe – Africa – Pacific and Caribbean States
African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) – European Union (EU) Dialogue on Migration

Europe – Australasia – North America
Inter-Governmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees (IGC)

Europe – Asia – North America – South Africa
Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime

Intra-African
Intra-Regional Forum on Migration in Africa

Intra-Asian
Asia – EU Meeting’s (ASEM) Conference of the Directors General of Immigration and Management of Migratory Flows

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML)

Related Links
MRS 45: Regional Inter-State Consultation Mechanisms on Migration: Approaches, Recent Activities and Implications for Global Governance of Migration
Roundtable Session 3.3: How Can Regional Consultative Processes (RCPs) and Inter-Regional Fora (IRF) Best Include the Migration