International Organization for Migration

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The main intergovernmental organization concerned with migration, established in 1951 to assist in resettling many millions of people displaced from their homes and habitats by wars in many parts of the world in the preceding decades. It is based in Geneva. In 2005, it had 109 member states and 24 states with observer status. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration. It provides services and advice to governments and migrants, promoting international cooperation on migration issues and the search for practical solutions to migration problems. It provides humanitarian assistance to migrants and internally displaced persons in need, and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental partners. See http://www.iom.int/ for details.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Law.

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