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International Organization for Migration
International Organization for Migration
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Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

With 165 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.

IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management:

  • Migration and development
  • Facilitating migration
  • Regulating migration
  • Forced migration.

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



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Land matters: The role of land policies and laws for environmental migration in Kenya

Policy Papers & Briefs
December, 2015

Matters of environmental migration are frequently looked at from a humanitarian perspective.1 This policy brief will instead look at it with a lens focusing on land issues. The question of environmental migration is inevitably linked to the question of land for several reasons. First, climate and environmental change trigger and accelerate the loss of land due to sea-level rise, coastal erosion, landslides and other forms of land degradation.

Support sustainable tourism through safeguarding, rehabilitation and promotion of the Agro-Cultural Landscape


After 1967, and in particular over the past two decades, this area witnessed the progressive establishment of several new settlements and their connecting infrastructure (i.e. roads, public service outputs), leading to the ‘enclavisation’ of the Battir area and surrounding villages (Hussan, Beit Jala and Wadi Fukin) and a new complex mobility system resulting from the separation of roads. Also, the recently constructed Separation Barrier that surrounds the Bethlehem urban area further isolates the Western Bethlehem Villages from the West Bank, the city of Bethlehem and even from each other. This situation has triggered a socio-economic crisis in the area characterized by agricultural livelihood decline (due to increasing transaction costs, poor market access for local products and expropriation of agricultural land), as well as reduced freshwater availability. This project has the double purpose of promoting sustainable tourism in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Battir through the rehabilitation and protection of its unique cultural landscape with millenary terrasses and irrigation system and to strengthen the sustainable production of agro-ecological varieties typical of the area, even from an economic standpoint, thanks to the efficient use of the natural resources of the area.