About IOM Publications


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

IOM produces a large number of publications, including the World Migration Report, books, studies and reports, Migration Profiles, journals, manuals and handbooks, information sheets, flyers and thematic catalogues.

The IOM online bookstore, which was launched in 2009 and recently upgraded, facilitates access to IOM publications, allowing users to download publications free of charge or to buy them making payment with credit cards, bank transfers or cheques in three main currencies (US dollars, euros or Swiss francs). Currently, more than 1,350 publications can be downloaded free of charge on the IOM online bookstore.

Monthly e-mail alerts about new publications are sent to over 11,500 individuals and institutions worldwide. The bookstore has more than 5,410 registered users.

A number of titles are published regularly, for example the ones described below.

  • The World Migration Report 2015 – Migrants and Cities: New Partnerships to Manage Mobility was launched in October 2015, during the IOM Conference on Migrants and Cities, held in Geneva. 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 was launched in 2001 to make research findings more accessible to policymakers and to bring the results of policy-relevant migration research to the attention of a broader audience more readily than through academic journals and books alone. Fifty-one titles have been published in this series. 
  • 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 bimonthly journal published jointly by IOM and Eurasylum. The journal features articles from, and is overseen by, senior officials in governments, European Union institutions and international organizations, as well as civil society worldwide, working in the field of migration policy. As of 2015, the Journal is online only.
  • IOM launched its journal International Migration in 2001. The journal is edited by Carleton University and is distributed by Wiley. Six issues are published each year. Total subscriptions from libraries increased from 621 in 2001 to 3,840 in 2014, while the annual number of articles downloaded grew from 6,218 in 2001 to around 155,000 in 2014.
  • IOM regularly produces information sheets on a variety of programmes, as well as policy briefs on different topics, such as the IOM–MPI Issue in Brief Series, focusing in particular on labour migration in the Asia and Pacific region, launched in 2011, and the Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Policy Brief Series, launched in 2014.

IOM also publishes handbooks, manuals and training tools such as the IOM Project Handbook, the International Migration and Development Training Modules and the Handbook to develop projects on remittances: Good practices to maximize the impact of remittances on development.