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The International Migration Policy Programme (IMP)

This practice represents an inter-disciplinary approach and inter-governmental cooperation to govern migration through fostering regional and international cooperation.

  • Responsible Organizations: International Labour Organization (ILO) (International Organisation); International Organization for Migration (IOM) (International Organisation); United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) (International Organisation); United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) (International Organisation); Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) (International Organisation); Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) (Government); Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) (International Organisation)
  • ILO Regions: Global
  • Country(ies): Global coverage
  • Multilateral framework theme(s): Effective management of labour migration; Global knowledge base; Means for international cooperation on labour migration
  • Other Themes / Keywords: Labour market assessment
  • Start date: 1998; End date: 2005


The International Migration Policy Programme (IMP) seeks to strengthen the capacity of Governments to manage migration and to foster regional and international co-operation towards orderly migration and the protection of migrants.


Activities, processes and steps involved

In an inter-disciplinary approach, the Programme supports regional processes of inter-governmental cooperation in the field of migration and human displacement, promotes the development of shared understandings and collective migration approaches among States, facilitates expression of distinct national and regional migration perspectives, and contributes to defining practical responses to migration challenges within and across regions. It acts in those regions where national migration management and policy, and inter-governmental dialogue and co-operation, need to be strengthened. For this purpose, IMP conducts region-specific conferences, seminars and training workshops with senior government officers responsible for migration management and policy development in their countries. Under this regional approach, IMP gathers countries that are part of a "common migration space", and which face similar if not common migration concerns as sending, receiving or transit countries.

Target beneficiaries

Relevant government institutions in charge of managing migration programmes and policies in different regions of the world.

Main outputs

By early 2004, IMP had organised 16 regional meetings in Central and Eastern Europe, Southern Africa, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Eastern Asia, Southern Asia, Pacific, the Caribbean, Western Africa, and Eastern Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region, for migration capacity-building, practice-oriented training and co-operation, involving some 900 senior to middle-level Government officials from over 125 developing and transition countries.

Relevant criteria for assessment

1. Respect for migrant workers' rights

Strengthening the capacity of Governments to address region-specic migration and forced displacement challenges is the underlying concept and purpose of the International Migration Policy Programme (IMP). Its comprehensive multi-disciplinary approach is based on the recognised inter-linkage between international migration and other national and global priorities, in which human rights play a very important role.

2. Relevance

IMP has organised a series of major regional migration policy and management meetings.Within a period of some 37 months (1999-2001), IMP activities have benefited some 450 senior and middle level government officials from over 90 countries. Over 160 international and government experts, as well as numerous observers from Western countries, will have offered their support in these meetings.

3. Broad-based and participatory

IMP is an inter-agency activity in which collaborate an ensemble of international organizations, their specialized agencies and other relevant international and regional institutions. Consequently, the programme can thus rely on the support, input and expertise of all principal institutions dealing with migration and forced displacement. UNITAR and IOM jointly hold responsibility as Executing Agencies.


  • International Migration Policy Programme
    Palais des Nations
    Geneva 10
    Tel: +41 22 917 78 32/78 44
    Fax: +41 22 920 22 22

Funding sources

  • ILO
  • IOM

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