The UN Migration Agency (IOM), established in 1951, is the principal intergovernmental organization in the field of migration. It currently has 163 Member States.
After the signing of the Peace Accords in 1996, IOM began work in Guatemala and contributed to the Resettlement of the Population Groups Uprooted by the Internal Armed Conflict. Since then, IOM works closely with the Guatemalan government so as to implement programs for socio-economic development in the country such as generating capacities to care for migrant populations in vulnerable situations; migrants in crisis; returned to unaccompanied migrant children, among others.
IOM´s work is to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration; promote international cooperation on migration issues; help find practical solutions to migration problems; and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, be they refugees, displaced or uprooted people.