Structure

Overall growth in the Organization – Key indicators

  • Membership increased from 67 States in 1998 to 157 in 2014 and continues to grow
  • Total expenditure increased from USD 242.2 million in 1998 to an estimated USD 1.3 billion in 2013
  • IOM offices in more than 150 countries
  • Field locations (1) increased from 119 in 1998 to more than 480
  • Active projects increased from 686 in 1998 to more than 2,600
  • Operational staff increased from approximately 1,100 in 1998 to more than 8,400, almost entirely in the field.

IOM’s structure is highly decentralized and this has enabled the Organization to acquire the capacity to deliver an ever-increasing number and diversity of projects at the request of its Member States. IOM’s Field structure is composed of:

  • 9 Regional Offices, which formulate regional strategies and plans of action and to provide programmatic and administrative support to the countries within their regions. These Regional Offices are in Dakar, Senegal; Nairobi, Kenya;Cairo, Egypt; Pretoria, South Africa; San José, Costa Rica; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Bangkok, Thailand; Brussels, Belgium; Vienna, Austria;
  • 2 Special Liaison Offices which strengthen relations with specific multilateral bodies, diplomatic missions, and non-governmental organizations. These offices are located in New York, United States of America, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • 2 Administrative Centres (Panama and Manila), which provide core support in the areas of information technology and administrative services to IOM’s network of offices.
  • 5 Country Offices with Coordinating Functions that have the additional responsibility of ensuring that migratory realities within a defined cluster of countries are taken into account in programmatic activities of the region. The Country Offices with Coordinating Functions are in Canberra, Australia (covering the Pacific); Rome, Italy (covering the Mediterranean); Astana, Kazakhstan (covering Central Asia); and Georgetown, Guyana (covering the Caribbean). A coordinating function for the cluster of countries in South Asia also exists in the Regional Office in Bangkok.
  • In addition, 4 Country Offices with Resources Mobilization Functions have the additional responsibility of resource mobilization by assisting in fundraising activities as well as providing advice on fundraising policies, priorities and procedures. These offices are located in Tokyo, Japan; Berlin, Germany; Helsinki, Finland; and Washington, D.C., United States of America.

1 Field Location does not necessarily refer to offices as physical premises, but to presence of IOM staff.