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The IOM, an intergovernmental organization established in 1951, is dedicated to the principle that humane conditions and an orderly migration benefits migrants and society. With headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the IOM has 155 States members and 11 observer States, and international organizations and non-governmental global and regional scope.

IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

The work of IOM is to promote orderly and humane management of migration; promote international cooperation on migration issues; help find practical solutions to migration problems; and provide humanitarian assistance to migrants who need it, whether they are refugee, displaced or uprooted persons.

The IOM Constitution explicitly recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as respect for the right to freedom of movement of people.
The IOM works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners in the following areas:
• Migration and development
• Facilitated migration
• Regulated migration
• Forced migration.

IOM activities covering these areas include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of the rights of the migrants, migration, and health and the gender dimension of migration.

The IOM in Spain

History:
Spain was a full member of the IOM from 1958 to 1979, then becoming a observer member during a period of nearly 30 years during which the Government of Spain did not cooperate with IOM.

The main activities during the last 25 years have been:

• Resettlement of refugees to the United States;
• Programs of evacuation and return of Albanian Kosovars;
• Voluntary repatriation of Argentine and Chilean exiles;
• Programs of compensation for the victims of the nazi regime;
• Information campaign of the European Refugee Fund (FER);
• Awareness-raising for the integration of immigrants;
• Conference on integration of immigrants;
• Conference on trafficking;
• MEDEVAC: Medical evacuation of wounded from the first Gulf war;
• European ODYSSEUS programme: "Training modules for Embassy staff and other key personnel in the management of migration"
• European anti-discrimination and social exclusion: "Migrants access to healthcare in the EU"
• Transportation of students and researchers
• Family regroupings
• PREVIE: the program of voluntary return of immigrants from Spain began already in 2003.

Spain once again became a full member of the IOM on June 8, 2006. The crisis of migrants in border areas of Ceuta and Melilla, the increase in the activities of assisted voluntary return of migrants and the increasing importance of immigration from countries developing towards Spain to convince the Spanish Government the need to place Spain in a central position in international management of migration. In September 2006, date in which is signed an agreement between the Government of Spain and the IOM, three objectives are set:

• Establish the basis for a good operational infrastructure for the IOM in Spain;
• Increase the number of programmes and activities;
• Promote the image of the IOM

Main activities of IOM currently:
The Office of IOM in Spain is involved in numerous activities of migration management

• Assisted voluntary return of migrants and reintegration.
• Fight against trafficking and the trafficking of human beings.
• Protection of victims of trafficking and unaccompanied minors.
• Cooperation agreements with the Administration and other public and private institutions both at regional and national levels.
• Research, conferences and meetings.
• Circular migration.
• Co-development.

If you want to know more about the various programs and activities of IOM click here.

IOM Madrid partners:
The main partners in Spain are both level Central, regional and local government and other institutions such as universities, NGOs and other international agencies and various entities.

The IOM, an intergovernmental organization established in 1951, is dedicated to the principle that humane conditions and an orderly migration benefits migrants and society. With headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the IOM has 155 States members and 11 observer States, and international organizations and non-governmental global and regional scope.

IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

The work of IOM is to promote orderly and humane management of migration; promote international cooperation on migration issues; help find practical solutions to migration problems; and provide humanitarian assistance to migrants who need it, whether they are refugee, displaced or uprooted persons.

The IOM Constitution explicitly recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as respect for the right to freedom of movement of people.
The IOM works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners in the following areas:
• Migration and development
• Facilitated migration
• Regulated migration
• Forced migration.

IOM activities covering these areas include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of the rights of the migrants, migration, and health and the gender dimension of migration.

The IOM in Spain

History:
Spain was a full member of the IOM from 1958 to 1979, then becoming a observer member during a period of nearly 30 years during which the Government of Spain did not cooperate with IOM.

The main activities during the last 25 years have been:

• Resettlement of refugees to the United States;
• Programs of evacuation and return of Albanian Kosovars;
• Voluntary repatriation of Argentine and Chilean exiles;
• Programs of compensation for the victims of the nazi regime;
• Information campaign of the European Refugee Fund (FER);
• Awareness-raising for the integration of immigrants;
• Conference on integration of immigrants;
• Conference on trafficking;
• MEDEVAC: Medical evacuation of wounded from the first Gulf war;
• European ODYSSEUS programme: "Training modules for Embassy staff and other key personnel in the management of migration"
• European anti-discrimination and social exclusion: "Migrants access to healthcare in the EU"
• Transportation of students and researchers
• Family regroupings
• PREVIE: the program of voluntary return of immigrants from Spain began already in 2003.

Spain once again became a full member of the IOM on June 8, 2006. The crisis of migrants in border areas of Ceuta and Melilla, the increase in the activities of assisted voluntary return of migrants and the increasing importance of immigration from countries developing towards Spain to convince the Spanish Government the need to place Spain in a central position in international management of migration. In September 2006, date in which is signed an agreement between the Government of Spain and the IOM, three objectives are set:

• Establish the basis for a good operational infrastructure for the IOM in Spain;
• Increase the number of programmes and activities;
• Promote the image of the IOM

Main activities of IOM currently:
The Office of IOM in Spain is involved in numerous activities of migration management

• Assisted voluntary return of migrants and reintegration.
• Fight against trafficking and the trafficking of human beings.
• Protection of victims of trafficking and unaccompanied minors.
• Cooperation agreements with the Administration and other public and private institutions both at regional and national levels.
• Research, conferences and meetings.
• Circular migration.
• Co-development.

If you want to know more about the various programs and activities of IOM click here.

IOM Madrid partners:
The main partners in Spain are both level Central, regional and local government and other institutions such as universities, NGOs and other international agencies and various entities.