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For the first time, a comprehensive review of trends in international migration in each major region of the world is presented together with a discussion of some of the main migration policy issues now facing the international community. (IOM, 2000, p. viii) These reports are in some respect akin to academic publications; they feature the contributions of academic researchers, and are even sometimes coordinated by academics working outside IOM. But IOM staff members also contribute, with insights from their field activities or examples from the organisation’s projects.

The Commission was set up by the governments of Sweden and Switzerland in 2003; it was not, strictly speaking, a UN initiative, even if the then Secretary General, Kofi Annan, was supportive. It was composed of 19 members, some of which with a high international profile. The launch of the GCIM was met with quite some enthusiasm and expectations were high. 13 The mandate of the GCIM was ‘to provide the framework for the formulation of a coherent, comprehensive and global response to the issue of international migration’.

The existence of an institutional culture is therefore problematic because IOs’ worldviews would be heterogeneous, or even contradictory. ), without necessarily taking a firm position in the debate (Müller, 2011). One can further note the distance that IOs establish between themselves and their own publications. 0007 Introducing International Migration Narratives  not necessarily reflect’ the views of the IO or of its Member States. This is a standard precaution to avoid diplomatic or legal problems.

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