About IOM Publications

The Publications Unit is within the Migration Policy Research Division and part of the Department of International Cooperation and Partnerships. The Unit provides overall support concerning publications-related issues for Headquarters departments and Offices worldwide.

IOM produces a large number of publications, including: the World Migration Report, National Migration Profiles, the Migration Research Series; as well as other studies and reports, journals, manuals, information sheets, flyers and thematic catalogues.

The IOM online bookstore, which was launched in 2009, facilitates access to IOM publications, allowing users to download or purchase IOM publications.  (purchases can be made in US dollars, euros or Swiss francs). Our online bookstore provides free download of nearly 2,000 publications.

Monthly email alerts about new publications are sent to over 12,500 individuals and institutions worldwide. The bookstore has more than 7,600 registered users.

A number of titles are published regularly including:

  • The World Migration Report 2018 –The World Migration Report, which is the Organization’s flagship publication, meets the ongoing need of governments, academia and other practitioners to be kept abreast of trends in international migration – both at global and regional levels – emerging policy issues and developments in policy formulation. The first World Migration Report, which was published in 2000, responded to a specific need expressed by the IOM membership for up-to-date information and documentation on international migration.
  • The Migration Research Series focuses on policy-oriented and empirical research and analysis with the aim to contribute to a better understanding of the multidimensional aspects of migration and inform migration policies at the national, regional and international levels. By mid-2019, 57 titles had been published in this series, some of which have also been published in French and Spanish. All issues are freely available online on the IOM Online bookstore, to ensure a wide reach and impact among policymakers as well as practitioners, scholars, researchers and students interested in issues related to migration.
  • The International Dialogue on Migration Series was launched at the 50th anniversary session of the IOM Council in 2001, at the request of the Organization’s Member States. The IOM membership selects an annual theme to guide the International Dialogue on Migration (IDM), as well as the topics of the IDM workshops. The International Dialogue on Migration Series (or “Red Book Series”) is designed to capture and review the results of the events and research carried out within the framework of the IDM. The Red Book Series is prepared and coordinated by the IDM Unit of the Department of International Cooperation and Partnerships. 
  • IOM produces Migration Profiles with the financial support of external donors – such as the European Union, the Swiss Federal Office for Migration, the Belgian Development Cooperation, the Government of Slovenia and the Sasakawa Endowment Fund – and the IOM Development Fund. Migration Profiles are country reports that bring together existing information from different sources and provide a comprehensive overview of key international migration and socioeconomic development trends in selected countries in different regions. The reports cover a range of statistics and other data related to immigration, emigration, return migration, remittances, labour migration and irregular migration, including trafficking and smuggling. Besides explaining some of the key factors underlying current migration patterns, the country reports also provide an assessment of the institutional and policy frameworks governing migration and their effectiveness. Drawing on the information and data presented, the Migration Profiles indicate existing data gaps and possible strategies to improve migration statistics, and present key recommendations for policymakers to improve current migration management. When preparing a Migration Profile, particular attention is given to national ownership and sustainability. Migration Profiles should be a government-owned tool produced through a process of consultation with policymakers in order to identify national priorities and objectives and the scope of the country profile. 
  • Migration Policy Practice is a quarterly journal published jointly by IOM and Eurasylum Ltd. Contributions are received from senior officials in government, EU, international organizations and civil society worldwide who work in the field of migration policy. By mid-2019, 38 issues of the journal containing 213 articles, had been published, including five special issues on: the migration research leaders’ syndicate, child migration, the world migration report, Migration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Global Compact for Migration.
  • International Migration, is edited by Carleton University and published by Wiley. Six issues of the journal are published each year. As of 2015, the Journal is online only. Hard copies of the journal can still be requested through the Wiley portal
  • IOM regularly produces information sheets on a variety of programmes, as well as policy briefs on different topics, such as the Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Policy Brief Series, launched in 2014 and IOM–MPI Issue in Brief Series, focusing in particular on labour migration in the Asia and Pacific region, launched in 2011.

IOM publishes a variety of books and reports related to migrants and migration issues. For more information or inquiries please contact Publications.