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Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the main intergovernmental organization in the field of migration. Italy is one of the founding countries. Currently there are 173 Member States. The IOM has a flexible structure and has over 460 offices located in more than 100 countries. Since September 2016, IOM has entered the UN system, becoming the United Nations Migration Agency. The IOM Headquarters is in Geneva.



The relations between the Italian government and the Organization are governed by an agreement signed in Rome on 23 June 1967, approved and executed under law n. 441 of 22/2/1968. It defines the activities of the Organization in Italy and it guarantees the achievement of common objectives, in accordance with the IOM mandate. The  IOM Mission in Rome has a Coordinating role for the Mediterranean countries.