ICMPD was founded in 1993, upon the initiative of Austria and Switzerland. The organisation was created to serve as a support mechanism for informal consultations and to provide expertise and services in the newly emerging landscape of multilateral cooperation on migration and asylum issues.
ICMPD is an international organisation with 15 Member States (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland), 146 staff members, a mission in Brussels and regional offices and representatives throughout Europe, Northern Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Latin America. ICMPD receives funding from its Member States, the European Commission, the UN and other multilateral institutions, as well as bilateral donors. ICMPD holds UN observer status.
ICMPD’s work is based on three pillars:
- migration dialogues, which foster intergovernmental dialogue in the current debate on international migration
- capacity building, which contributes to good migration governance and to strengthening national and regional capacities to deal with current challenges in migration issues
- research and documentation, which facilitates synergy within and beyond the research community and responds to the demand for more policy-relevant research.
ICMPD has a long and successful cooperation history with Armenia. Since 2009, it has worked with government authorities in the area of migration and border management in the framework of several EU – funded projects. Together with UNDP, ICMPD provided expertise and supported development of the Integrated Border Management (IBM) concept and principles. Additionally, Armenia has been one of the most active partners of the Budapest Process and the Prague Process.
More information: www.icmpd.org