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International Organization For Migration IOM Angola Charity Profile
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) was established on December 5, 1951 in Brussels under the name of the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration (ICEM). As no appropriate international agency existed to deal with the migration and resettlement of displaced persons and refugees in Europe, nor with the orderly migration of nationals, the States meeting in Brussels decided to create an international organization with a technical-operational mandate. This Organization was entrusted, inter alia, with the tasks of furnishing special migration assistance to ensure the smooth accomplishment of migratory movements and the settlement of the migrants in their countries of adoption; promoting the cooperation of governments and international organizations in the field of migration and refugees to countries of immigration and resettlement.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM), based in Geneva, Switzerland, has become the principal inter-governmental organization in the field of migration. 105 countries are currently IOM members and a further 29 hold observer status, as do numerous international governmental and non-governmental organizations. IOM has held observer status at the United Nations since 1992 and has formal cooperation agreements with many UN agencies. IOM's global program budget in 2004 exceeds US$550 million, funding over 1200 programs, more than 4,000 staff members and more than 200 field offices in over 100 countries. In 2005, the operational budget will exceed US$600 million. IOM is a proactive, results-oriented organization, dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration by serving the needs of governments and migrants. IOM's mandate is to help ensure the orderly flow of international migrants; to promote international cooperation on migration issues; to aid in the search for practical solutions to migration problems; and to contribute to international solidarity by providing humanitarian assistance to people in need.