International Centre for Migration Policy Development

Michael Spindelegger Turkey Czech Republic
International Centre for Migration Policy Development
Centre international pour le développement des politiques migratoires
ICMPD logo
MottoMaking Migration Better
TypeInternational Organisation
Director General
Michael Spindelegger (2016–present)

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) was established by Austria and Switzerland in 1993 and has since grown to 18 member states.[1] ICMPD was founded to carry out research, projects and activities on migration-related issues and to provide policy recommendations to the governmental agencies of states, as well as to external governmental and intergovernmental agencies. ICMPD also has observer status at the United Nations.[2][3] Although ICMPD has global operations, it is primarily focused on the European area and is headquartered in Vienna, Austria.[4] ICMPD is currently composed of 18 Member States,[5][6] around 340 staff members, a mission in Brussels, as well as representatives in Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East.[7]


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 organisations.

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.

Mission Statement - Making Migration Better

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

Organisational structure

Office of the Director General, Director General Michael Spindelegger 

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

Resources and Operations Management (ROM), Director Angiolo Rolli

Migration Dialogues and Cooperation (MDC), Director Martijn Pluim

Brussels Mission, Head of Mission Ralph Genetzke

Member states

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ICMPD Member States

After its founding in 1993 by Austria and Switzerland, it was joined in 1995 by Hungary and then in 1998 by Slovenia. 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 Macedonia in 2012.[8] Malta and Turkey, both joined in 2018.[9] [10] The newest member is Germany 2020.

Director Generals


  1. ^ "Migration Policy Agency Celebrates 25th Anniversary and Welcomes New Members Malta and Turkey". Vindobona - Vienna International News. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  2. ^ UNHCR
  3. ^ "New Permanent Observer of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development Presents Credentials". United Nations Information Service. 4 July 2011.
  4. ^ Embassy of Slovenia in Vienna – Brief presentation of international organisations in Vienna
  5. ^ " – 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.
  6. ^ "Turkey joins Vienna-based migration policy center". Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  7. ^ ICMPD website – About Us
  8. ^ ICMPD website – Member States
  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.