Our Goals

IOM’s overall goal is to promote good migration governance, which, if achieved, supports human and orderly migration which benefits migrants and society.

IOM’s strategic objectives  are to provide comprehensive support to States in managing migration in a coherent, humane and balanced manner; to provide effective protection and assistance to migrants; to enhance the understanding of good migration governance within the international community at large, the private sector, civil society and other partners. 

IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to:

  • Assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management.
  • Advance understanding of migration issues.
  • Encourage social and economic- development through migration.
  • Uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

Migration Governance Framework (MiGOF)

Migration is a complex and broad field of work. As such, there is no single convention or framework that presents a comprehensive, concise and practical approach to migration governance. IOM's MiGOF sets out a structure in which States and IOM can work together to address migration issues. The framework presents the ideal version of migration governance, to which states can aspire, and for which IOM can provide support and assistance, it offers a concise view of an ideal approach that allows a state to determine what it might need to govern migration well and in a way that fits its circumstances.

The MiGOF is comprised of three principles and three objectives:

  • Principle 1: Good migration governance would require adherence to international standards and the fulfilment of migrants' rights
  • Principle 2: Migration and related policies are best formulated using evidence and whole of government approaches
  • Principle 3: Good migration governance relies on strong partnerships.
  • Objective 1: Good migration governance and related policy should seek to advance the socioeconomic well-being of migrants and society
  • Objective 2: Good migration governance is based on effective responses to the mobility dimensions of crises
  • Objective 3: Migration should take place in a safe, orderly and dignified manner.

The MiGOF guides IOM's work in capacity-building, policy advisement, and in project development. The Framework is used for mapping and reporting on how IOM contributes to migration governance, with a focus on measurable and concrete results.