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“The” or “A” leading organization in migration? IOM as an actor in global migration governance

Publikation: Zeitschriftenartikel (wissenschaftlich)
Patterns of (Forced) Migration
Kurze Beschreibung / Abstract:
The emerging global governance of migration is characterized by its fragmentation in terms of institutions, underlying norms and conventions. The International Organization for Migration (iom) holds a peculiar place within this framework: On the one side, it has been si- tuated outside the United Nations System until very recently, considers itself a «non-normative» agency, and has mostly acted as a profit-based service provider for nation-states. On the other side, the iom has been instrumental in establishing influential norms such as «migration mana- gement», it has been lauded «a leading agency on migration» by the un and its member states, and moved closer to the un system as a «related organization» in September 2016. However, the opposition to the original suggestion of calling the iom «the leading agency on migration» highlights —beyond mere semantics— that the role of the organization is still nor clearly defi- ned and remains contested. This contribution analyses the actorness iom has achieved in global migration governance.
Sprache: English
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