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
The IML Series:
- IML Information Note on Consular Assistance
- IML Information Note on Access to Justice: A Migrant's Right
- IML Information Note on the Principle of Non-refoulement
- IML Information Note on International Standards on Immigration Detention and Non-Custodial Measures
- IML Information Note on the Protection of Unaccompanied Migrant Children
- IML Information Note on International Standards on the Protection of People with Diverse Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC) in the Context of Migration
Alternatives to immigration detention (ATDs) Series
- IOM Quick Guide on Alternatives to Detention (ATD)
- IOM Road Map on Alternatives to Migration Detention: Tools Series N°1
- Advocating for Alternatives to Migration Detention: Tools Series N°2
Rights-based approach to programming (RBA)
- Access to justice
- Migrants Access to Justice: International Standards and How the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration Helps Paving the Way
- "El Pacto Mundial para la Migración Segura, Ordenada y Regular: un camino para garantizar el derecho al acceso a la justicia de las personas migrantes", article on page 78 of Acceso a la justicia de las personas migrantes, refugiadas y otras sujetas de protección internacional en las Américas (available in Spanish only)
- Internally Displaced Persons
- "Bridging the Divide in Approaches to Conflict and Disaster Displacement: Norms, Institutions and Coordination in Afghanistan, Colombia, the Niger, the Philippines and Somalia" - Commissioned by IOM and UNHCR, under the auspices of GP20 and now GP2.0, this report focuses on the normative, institutional and coordination approaches before, during and after incidences of conflict, disaster or both, resulting in internal displacement. (ES, FR)