IOM conducts and supports research designed to guide and inform migration policy and practice. As such, it implements policy-oriented and operational research. These activities aim to bring research outcomes into the policy debate and stimulate innovative operational approaches and activities. Research also has a critical role to play in helping IOM shape its own projects and programmes in response to emerging migration challenges. 

IOM's research activities cover a number of thematic areas, such as migration trends and data, migration and development, migration and the environment, counter-trafficking, diaspora engagement, integration and return migration. 

Below is a select sample of books, reports, manuals and articles produced by IOM UK and by IOM offices worldwide. A full publications catalogue is available through the IOM Bookstore

Diaspora and Development

Mapping Diaspora Communities in the UK 


Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Unaccompanied Children

Across the world, millions of children migrate every year, some within their countries and some across international borders. The complexities and conditions under which child migration takes place and the increased risks for this population of young migrants requires international cooperation in order to bring about comprehensive national and international responses. The following reports were developed within the framework of two regional EC-funded projects which IOM UK took part in. They provide a comparative assessment of the conditions and context unaccompanied minors face in certain EU countries.