IOM conducts and supports research designed to guide and inform migration policy and practice. As such, it implements policy-oriented and operational research. These activities aim to bring research outcomes into the policy debate and stimulate innovative operational approaches and activities. Research also has a critical role to play in helping IOM shape its own projects and programmes in response to emerging migration challenges. 

IOM's research activities cover a number of thematic areas, such as migration trends and data, migration and development, migration and the environment, counter-trafficking, diaspora engagement, integration and return migration. 

Below is a select sample of books, reports, manuals and articles produced by IOM UK and by IOM offices worldwide. A full publications catalogue is available through the IOM Bookstore

Migration and Development

Mapping Diaspora Communities in the UK 


Counter Trafficking


IOM UK recently took part in an EC funded project, in partnership with Community Volunteering Services, which aimed at providing volunteering information and opportunities to migrants in order to foster a better awareness and understanding between them and their local communities. The programme, called GIVE (Grassroots Integration through Volunteering Experiences) was implemented in four countries, Ireland, Austria, the Netherlands and the UK. This successful project created a toolkit intended for both organisations and migrants on how to facilitate volunteering. To find out more about the GIVE project, visit the website here.

Unaccompanied Minors

Across the world, millions of children migrate every year, some within their countries and some across international borders. The complexities and conditions under which child migration takes place and the increased risks for this population of young migrants requires international cooperation in order to bring about comprehensive national and international responses. The following reports were developed within the framework of two regional EC-funded projects which IOM UK took part in. They provide a comparative assessment of the conditions and context unaccompanied minors face in certain EU countries.

The following reports and publications were developed as part of IOM's implementation of the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme (until 2010).

Diaspora Mapping Exercises for the Assisted Voluntary Return Programme

Afghanistan Albania Algeria Angola Bangladesh
Bolivia Brazil China Colombia DRC
Ecuador Ethiopia FSU Georgia Ghana
India Iran Iraq Ivory Coast Jamaica
Kenya Malaysia Mongolia Mozambique Nigeria
Pakistan Punjab Russia Somali South Africa
Sri Lanka Sudan Tanzania Uganda Ukraine
Vietnam Zimbabwe      

Stories of Return

Stories of Return are a collection of narratives from real migrants who have returned to their countries of origin with the assistance of IOM UK's Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme.

Iraq Families Africa Asia & Middle East
Europe South America Jamaica Zimbabwe