International Centre for Migration Policy Development

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International Centre for Migration Policy Development
Centre international pour le développement des politiques migratoires
ICMPD logo
TypeInternational Organisation
Director General
Michael Spindelegger (2016–present)

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) was established by Austria and Switzerland in 1993 and has since grown to 17 member states.[1] ICMPD was founded to carry out research, projects and activities on migration-related issues and to provide policy recommendations to the governmental agencies of states, as well as to external governmental and intergovernmental agencies. ICMPD also has observer status at the United Nations.[2][3] Although ICMPD has global operations, it is primarily focused on the European area and is headquartered in Vienna, Austria.[4] ICMPD is currently composed of 17 Member States,[5][6] around 200 staff members, a mission in Brussels, as well as representatives in Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East.[7]

Aims and functions[edit]

ICMPD cooperates with governments, other international organisations, research institutes and members of civil society in developing policies in migration-related areas, as well organising trainings, etc. to transfer know-how on dealing with migration issues.[8][9][10]

Organisational structure[edit]

  • Directorate for Management (MGT)
    • People Management and Organisation Development
    • Corporate Financial Management
    • Corporate Resources Management
    • Management Systems Support
    • Information and Communications Technology
  • Policy, Research and Strategy (PRS)
    • External and Member States Relations
    • Member States Programme
    • Policy Unit
    • Research
    • Strategy
    • Knowledge Management
  • Migration Dialogues and Cooperation (MDC)
    • Programmes and Project Development
    • Western Balkans and Turkey
    • Eastern Europe and Central Asia
    • Silk Routes
    • Mediterranean
    • Africa
  • Brussels Mission
    • Policy and Strategic Partnerships
    • Global Initiatives
    • Resource Management

Member states[edit]

ICMPD Member States

After its founding in 1993 by Austria and Switzerland, it was joined in 1995 by Hungary and then in 1998 by Slovenia. The Czech Republic became a member in 2001, followed by Portugal and Sweden in 2002, Bulgaria and Poland in 2003, Croatia in 2004, Slovakia in 2006, Romania in 2010, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia in 2011, and the Republic of Macedonia in 2012.[11] The most recent new member states are Malta and Turkey, both joined in 2018.[12] [13]

Director Generals[edit]

  • Jonas Widgren (1993–2004)
  • Gottfried Zürcher (2004–2009)
  • Peter Widermann (2010–2014)
  • Michael Spindelegger (2016–present)


  1. ^ "Migration Policy Agency Celebrates 25th Anniversary and Welcomes New Members Malta and Turkey". Vindobona - Vienna International News. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  2. ^ UNHCR
  3. ^ "New Permanent Observer of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development Presents Credentials". United Nations Information Service. 4 July 2011.
  4. ^ Embassy of Slovenia in Vienna – Brief presentation of international organisations in Vienna
  5. ^ – The number of false asylum seekers from Serbia in the EU has significantly reduced
  6. ^ "Turkey joins Vienna-based migration policy center". Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  7. ^ ICMPD website – About Us
  8. ^ Betts, Alexander (2011), Global Migration Governance, Oxford University Press, New York.
  9. ^ Strengthening the cooperation in combating human trafficking. Hungarian Government, Ministry of Interior. March 17, 2011.
  11. ^ ICMPD website – Member States
  12. ^ "Malta becomes the first Central Mediterranean Member State of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development". Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  13. ^ "From Rep. of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs". Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2018-07-12.

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