International Centre for Migration Policy Development

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

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is an international organisation which makes policy recommendations on migration-related issues to the governmental agencies of states, and to external governmental and intergovernmental agencies.

It was founded by Austria and Switzerland in 1993,[1] has global operations in 90 countries, but is primarily focused on Europe with headquarters in Vienna, Austria.[2] As of May 2023 ICMPD was composed of 20 Member States,[3][4][5] had around 470 staff members, a mission in Brussels, regional offices in Ankara and Malta, as well as Project offices in Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East and South Asia.[6]


As of May 2023, ICMPD did not disclose on its website how it was financed. Figures were only disclosed by the German government upon request by Andrej Hunko, Michel Brandt, Christine Buchholz, other MEPs and the Die Linke. As of 2020 the annual membership fee for Germany was 210,000 euros.[7]: 3  As an international organization, ICMPD has hardly been subject to financial transparency obligations.


Since January 2019, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands have been supporting and co-financing the 400,000 euros "RESTART" project to build resettlement capacity (consistently called "reintegration") for Armenian refugees (called "returnees") over a period of 24 months.[7]: 3  Germany has participated in co-financing the construction of a temporary reception center for asylum seekers in Armenia with 158,000 euros.[7]: 3  The project has intended to promote voluntary return, resettlement in the home country by means of benefits in kind in the form of social advice and support, among other things, with the help of finding accommodation, visits to authorities, children’s schooling, medical matters and assistance in job search and vocational training, the long-term improvement of living conditions of the returnees and the prevention of new "irregular" migration to Germany and Europe and the fighting the causes of flight.[7]: 4 

Under a so called "migration and diaspora program", ICMPD carried out training on behalf of the German GIZ on "development-oriented migration" with Albania, Ecuador, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Colombia, Kosovo and Serbia, which it calls partner countries.[7]: 5 

GIZ has also cooperated with ICMPD in prevention and combat of human trafficking in the Western Balkans.[7]: 5 


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. The purpose of ICMPD is to promote innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies and to function as a service exchange mechanism for governments and organizations.

ICMPD has vast experience

in bridging the gap between theory and practice. According to that ICMPD provides policy makers and politicians with necessary groundwork to take decisions. Furthermore, ICMPD is present on the ground, with its capacity building activities in various areas of migration management.

Making migration and mobility of people orderly, safe and regular, including through the implementation of planned and well managed migration policies.

Organisational structure[edit]

Director Generals[edit]

  • Jonas Widgren (1993–2004)
  • Gottfried Zürcher (2004–2009)
  • Peter Widermann (2010–2014)
  • Gabriela Abado (Acting Director General, 2015)
  • Michael Spindelegger (2016–present)

Office of the Director General, Director General Michael Spindelegger  It consists of Secretariat, Communications, Directorate for Policy, Research and Strategy, Directorate Migration Dialogues and Cooperation, Brussels Mission, People Management and Organisational Development, Corporate Financial Management.

Policy, Research & Strategy (PRS), Director, and Deputy Director General Lukas Gehrke

  • External and Member States Relations
  • Member States Programme
  • Policy Unit
  • Research
  • Strategy
  • Knowledge Management

Resources and Operations Management (ROM), Director Angiolo Rolli

  • Corporate Resources Management
  • Management Systems Support
  • Information and Communications Technology

Migration Dialogues and Cooperation (MDC), Director Martijn Pluim

  • Programmes and Project Development
  • Western Balkans and Turkey
  • Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  • Silk Routes
  • Mediterranean
  • Africa

Brussels Mission, Head of Mission Ralph Genetzke

  • Policy and Strategic Partnerships
  • Global Initiatives
  • Resource Management

Member states[edit]

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ICMPD Member States

ICMPD was founded in 1993 by Austria and Switzerland.[8] It was joined in 1995 by Hungary and then in 1998 by Slovenia.[8][failed verification] 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 North Macedonia in 2012.[8][failed verification] Malta and Turkey both joined in 2018.[9][10]

In 2020, Federal Republic of Germany joined on the basis of a declaration of international contract law issued by the Federal President. Within the Federal Government, the Federal Ministry of the Interior (Germany) is in charge and the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees has been involved as a business unit authority.[7]: 3 


  1. ^ "About ICMPD". ICMPD. Retrieved 2022-05-22.
  2. ^ Embassy of Slovenia in Vienna – Brief presentation of international organisations in Vienna
  3. ^ "The Netherlands joins the European migration organisation ICMPD". 11 May 2023. Retrieved 2023-05-24.
  4. ^ " – The number of false asylum seekers from Serbia in the EU has significantly reduced". Archived from the original on 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2011-09-16.
  5. ^ "Turkey joins Vienna-based migration policy center". Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  6. ^ ICMPD website – About Us
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Antwort der Bundesregierung auf die Kleine Anfrage der Abgeordneten Andrej Hunko, Michel Brandt, Christine Buchholz, weiterer Abgeordneter und der Fraktion DIE LINKE. – Drucksache 19/19825.Deutscher Beitritt zum International Centre for Migration Policy Development" (PDF). 2020-06-20. Retrieved 2023-05-24.
  8. ^ a b c "ICMPD website – Member States". 2011-07-26. Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
  9. ^ "Malta becomes the first Central Mediterranean Member State of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development". Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  10. ^ "From Rep. of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs". Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2018-07-12.

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