The International Migration Law (IML) Unit conducts research on migration law and current migration issues to analyze and evaluate the various facets and interplay of international, regional and national migration law. The Unit seeks for better governance of migration through research activities that improve awareness and knowledge of migration law.

Areas of research and particular expertise include:

  • The international protection of migrant rights;
  • Rights of particular categories of migrants: women, children, migrant workers, etc.;
  • Migration in crisis situations;
  • Environmentally induced migration and the protection of migrants’ rights;
  • Migrants and right to liberty: non-custodial measures as an alternative to detention;
  • Border management and human rights;
  • Access to justice for migrants;
  • Protection of family unity and right to reunification;
  • Migrants’ access to economic and social rights.
  • Rights-based approach to migration policy;
  • Extraterritoriality and the international protection regime and asylum procedures.

IML Publications (available in English, French and Spanish) can be accessed on IOM´s Publications Platform.

IOM Migration Glossary

  • IOM Glossary on Migration (EN, ES, FR)

The IML Series:

Information notes

 Alternatives to immigration detention (ATDs) Series

Rights-based approach to programming (RBA)

Other Publications