Migration Policy Research
IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization working with migrants and governments to respond to contemporary migration challenges. Having more than 60 years of worldwide operational experience, IOM is uniquely positioned to build on its grassroots experience and provide guidance on migration policy. IOM provides information, advice and support to further the efforts of its stakeholders to develop effective national, regional and global migration management policies and strategies.
One of IOM’s strategic priorities in the area of migration policy is to contribute to increased dialogue between migration stakeholders at bilateral, regional and global levels. This strategic priority complements and enhances another of IOM’s strategic priorities, which is to strengthen governmental capacity to monitor and manage migration flows through effective policy making, policy dialogue, information sharing and cooperation.
IOM conducts research designed to guide and inform migration policy and practice. The organization provides a unique space for consultation between researchers and policy makers. Research results are disseminated through numerous publications worldwide.
IOM’s research activities world-wide encompass several migration management topics, including migration trends and data, international migration law, migration and development, health and migration, counter-trafficking, labour migration, trade, remittances, irregular migration, migrant smuggling, integration, and return migration.
The Migration Research Series was launched in 2000 as a means to share the results of research studies conducted by the IOM’s research unit, IOM country offices, and external experts to a diverse audience quickly. Publications in the MRS cover a wide range of topics such as combatting trafficking, return and reintegration of asylum seekers and refugees. In its support of further research on migrant smuggling, IOM is calling for papers on migrant smuggling dynamics and impacts to be published as part of its Migration Research Series. IOM welcomes articles that report empirical research findings, and is particularly interested in mixed methods research. Articles on the impacts on migrants and their communities, geographic regions that have traditionally been under-researched and/or the role of technology in smuggling will be favourably regarded. In addition to addressing research methods and findings, articles should include discussion of both research and policy implications.