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The International Migration Policy Programme (IMP)

This practice demonstrates the value of international cooperation for promoting good migration governance.

  • 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

The International Migration Policy Programme (IMP) is an inter-agency mechanism (co-sponsored by UNITAR, UNFPA, ILO and IOM) offering capacity-building and training programmes for national and regional
migration practitioners to define practical responses to migration challenges within and across regions.

Target beneficiaries

Relevant government institutions in charge of managing migration programmes and policies.

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 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

The programme strengthens the capacity of Governments to address regional migration governance challenges by recognizing the links between international migration and other national and global priorities in which human rights play a very important role.

2. Broad-based and participatory

IMP is an inter-agency mechanism bringing together specialized agencies of the United Nations System and relevant international and regional institutions.

Within a period of 37 months (1999-2001), IMP activities have benefited some 450 senior and middle level government officials from over 90 countries and over 160 international and government experts.


  • 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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